As far back as training camp, many of us were raving about the potential of Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley. Friday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel takes a revealing look at the way Finley has impacted the Packers’ offense since returning from a knee injury four weeks ago.
In the span of those four games, the Packers have targeted Finley more than any other offensive player on their roster. They’ve reduced their three-receiver formations and set out to take full advantage of the mismatch he presents to opposing defenses.
Making Finley a centerpiece means taking away some emphasis from a talented receiving corps. But with the Packers on a five-game winning streak, it would be hard for Greg Jennings and Donald Driver to protest.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Packers nose tackle Ryan Pickett said his injured hamstring is “getting there,” according to Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press Gazette.
Packers tailback Ryan Grant is having another underappreciated season, writes Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Minnesota nose tackle Pat Williams said Thursday he will retire if the Vikings win the Super Bowl. Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune has more.
Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson said he is 100 percent recovered from a concussion and should play Sunday night at Carolina, according to Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs wasn’t shy about mentioning the departed players and coaches who could be helping the Bears this season, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Bears are maintaining hope that defensive end Gaines Adams will contribute next season, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com chronicles the comings and goings of 10 defensive backs since the season opened in Detroit.
Lions place-kicker Jason Hanson isn’t sure why he has missed six field goals this season, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.