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Finley off to fast start in preseason

August 22nd, 2013

Courtesy of SI.com

Neither a defender nor the sound of a whistle could stop Packers tight end Jermichael Finley.

Two passes, two nice catches on the run for Finley in practice Tuesday. After sidestepping defenders for extra yards, Finley kept right on going for the goal line each time even after coaches blew the plays dead.

By all accounts, Finley is having one of the best preseasons of his six-year NFL career in Green Bay – and that could spell more trouble for defenses trying to defend one of the toughest passing attacks in the league.

“He’s a joy to coach,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s a lot more mature. Physically he’s in a place where he wants to be and he’s having his finest training camp, I think it’s clear cut.”

Last week against the Rams, Finley caught four passes for 78 yards in limited time during a 19-7 win over the Rams, including a 33-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers. Finley had 61 catches last year, setting a record for a Packers tight end.

At 6-foot-5, the athletic Finley sports a toned physique that could give safeties headaches over the middle. A perfectionist who wants to play every practice snap, Finley appears happy and confident, sure of his abilities.

“I’m in a great place. I’ve always been in a good place and what not, but now we’ve got the timing down and the chemistry, steps and
the coverage,” he said this week.

“I’m feeling good out there, I’m moving well. What can you ask for more?”

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