Packers Mailbag: Concern over Andrew Quarless

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Each week, we'll take questions about the Green Bay Packers. They can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #PackersMail.

This week, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Concern over tight end Andrew Quarless after his July 4 arrest.

  • The pressure on punter Tim Masthay.

  • Why a long-snapper is so important.

  • Offensive line depth.

  • Lambeau Field naming rights.

Let's get started:

Demovsky: The Packers don't appear to be; they're sticking with him. Don't get them wrong, they take gun use very seriously. But I've talked to several people with knowledge of the situation, and it sounds like Quarless is trying to convince everyone involved -- the Packers, the NFL and Miami Beach police -- that it was not an act of violence but rather drunken stupidity. Also, Quarless was charged with a misdemeanor, not a felony, and likely won't face any jail time. That said, the Packers already were planning for second-year tight end Richard Rodgers to have a significant role in the passing game this season. Demovsky: Well, he made our "Time to step up" list, which tells you he's definitely on the hot seat. Whenever a specialist has competition on the roster (and Masthay does for the first time since 2010 with Cody Mandell), he better be on top of his game. We saw Masthay punt a couple of times this offseason. He had one or two stinkers, but for the most part he looked more like the punter who has been solid since he initially won the job and less like the guy who struggled in the second half of last season. The Packers don't want to give up on Masthay, just like they didn't want to dump kicker Mason Crosby after his slump in 2013, but they need to see more consistency. Demovsky: Not likely. If you look at last year's depth chart, the Packers didn't even list a backup long snapper. Yes, Brett Goode, at 6-foot-1 and 255 pounds, could never play an offensive line position. But given how disastrous a special-teams mistake can be and how big of an impact it can have on the game, the days of having a specialized snapper are not going away. Try to think of a time when a snap by Goode resulted in a negative play for the Packers? Why risk that? Demovsky: Of those three -- JC Tretter, Lane Taylor and Don Barclay -- Taylor is definitely the most limited. He's pretty much only a guard whereas Tretter can probably play all five positions. Barclay can play everywhere but center. But chances are the Packers will keep more than seven offensive linemen on their 53-man roster. Yes, they have only seven active on their 46-man, game-day roster, but they'll almost certainly keep at least eight on the 53. Taylor could have some competition, though. The Packers are high on rookie free agent Matt Rotheram from Pittsburgh. Demovsky: In a way, they already have. Just look at your own background picture on Twitter. See that beer sign on the Lambeau Field atrium? Also, every entry gate to the stadium has a sponsor. They have successfully sold naming rights without compromising the Lambeau Field name. Don't expect that to change, but don't be surprised if just about everything inside and outside of the stadium is sponsored by someone.pts/embed.js">