Looking Back: By Numbers at Tight End

We continue our position review of the 2013 season with 17 revealing tight end-centric statistics. Jermichael Finley had a monster start to the season and the production dropped off after his injury. Andrew Quarless, however, did do something no Packers tight end had done in more than 20 years.

A by-the-numbers look at the Green Bay Packers' tight ends.

3: Drops by Brandon Bostick. That was tops among the team's tight ends, even though he was targeted 14 times (compared to 46 for Andrew Quarless and 34 for Jermichael Finley).

4.33: Yards per carry with Quarless in the game, according to league data.

5: Individual tight ends who eclipsed by the Packers' unit-wide total in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

5.65: Yards per rushing play with Finley on the field, according to the NFL's media stats site. That was second in the league to Minnesota's Rhett Ellison (5.66), and it was a big improvement from 2012 (4.09) and 2011 (4.31).

6: Catches, in back-to-back games, by Quarless. That's the first time a Packers tight end has done that since Jackie Harris in 1992.

6: Combined catches by Tom Crabtree (four), who the Packers let go in free agency last offseason, and Matthew Mulligan (two) and D.J. Williams (zero), who the Packers let go at the end of training camp.

6: Touchdown receptions by all of the Packers' tight ends (Finley had 3, Quarless 2 and Bostick 1.) The Packers had five touchdowns from their tight ends in 2012.

7.41: Percent of passes dropped by Finley. That was a major improvement over 12.86 percent in 2012 and 17.91 percent in 2011.

9.5: Yards after the catch per reception by Finley, which was tops in the league among tight ends with at least 25 receptions. He averaged 4.9 YAC in 2012 and 4.4 in 2011.

10: Missed tackles forced by Finley, which tied for seventh in the league among tight ends, even though he missed the final 10 games of the season and was limited to 25 receptions. He forced nine missed tackles in 2012, when he caught 61 passes, and 12 missed tackles in 2011, when he caught 55 passes.

25: Receptions by Finley in his six games.

39: Receptions by the other tight ends in the final 10 games.

70: Catches by all of the Packers' tight ends. (Quarless had 32, Finley 25, Bostick 7 and Ryan Taylor 6). The Packers had 77 receptions from their tight ends in 2012.

218: Yards after the catch by the Packers' tight ends other than Finley on their 45 receptions.

238: Yards after the catch by Finley on his 25 receptions.

762: Receiving yards by all of the Packers' tight ends. (Quarless had 312, Finley 300, Bostick 120 and Taylor 30). The Packers had 938 receiving yards from their tight ends in 2012.

Note: Most stats from the NFL, STATS and ProFootballFocus.com.


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