TE Jermichael Finley - Free Agent
|6-4, 243||Born: 3-26-1987||College: Texas||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2008|
2013 Week 1 vs SF (8 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)
Finley had a very good day, with one huge error which almost spoiled it. After two catches on short passes which Finley was able to turn into long gains, Finley gave away an interception. On the play, Finley had a step on linebacker Patrick Willis, the sort of mismatch the Packers love to see and take advantage of. Aaron Rodgers hit Finley perfectly in stride, right on the hands. However, Finley was unable to secure the ball, bobbled it and then sent it sailing to rookie safety Eric Reid. The Packers didn't give up on Finley though and he later rewarded them with a touchdown reception to tie the game at the end of the first half. On the play, Finley ran a quick out route and Rodgers tossed him a short pass. 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox was right there to make the tackle, but Finley slipped the tackle and stayed on his feet. Strong Safety Donte Whitner came over to knock Finley out of bounds, but the tight end kept his balance and dove for the end zone to score. Finley consistently turned short passes into long gains throughout the day as Rodgers would look for him on quick routes and clearly believed Finley would get the extra yards the offense needed. If Finley can eliminate the errors like the bump-set interception, he could be in for a huge season.
2013 Week 2 vs WAS (7 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec)
Jermichael Finley carried over the momentum from his Week 1 and had a very good day against Washington, catching all but one of his targets. On his touchdown catch in the middle of the second quarter, Finley ran his route to the mouth of the end zone. As quarterback Aaron Rodgers drifted to his side of the field, Finley slipped to the back of the end zone. Under pressure, Rodgers spotted his tight end and threw a bullet, which Finley jumped up and grabbed for the touchdown. As with several of the Packers receivers, Finley was able to gain positive yardage after the catch as well. For example, with just over 10 minutes to go in the third quarter, Finley ran a short out to the left of the formation and turned upfield. Finley shed one would-be tackler and then ran over a second as he moved up the sideline. He proceeded to truck a third defender before being dragged down by two more players. The play showed a tremendous amount of effort from Finley, who has at times been criticized for a lack of will and toughness. He showed on Sunday that he still retains the talent which made him a huge weapon in his early years in Green Bay.
2013 Week 3 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Finley was targeted just once, on a deep route down the middle of the field where he made the catch and then was hammered by Bengals safety George Iloka. It was a clean hit, as Iloka was trying to hit with his shoulder, Finley was just too low and caught the blow with his head. It snapped back and the result was a concussion. Finley left the game and his status going forward is unknown.
2013 Week 5 vs DET (6 / 6 / 32 / 0 rec)
Anxious to get back in the lineup after leaving Week 3's game early with a concussion, Jermichael Finley ran hard on his routes and made every attempt to gain an extra yard or two on every play. He was met with varying degrees of success as sometimes the defenders hit him immediately after he caught the ball. Other times he was a punishing runner, such as during his second catch of the day, a catch on a three yard out which he turned into a ten yard gain. On the play, Finley ran his short route, caught the ball and then ran towards the sideline. He dodged one defender, though the player did slow him down enough for linebacker DeAndre Levy to reach him. Finley dragged Levy past the first down marker and another three yards to boot. Two of his next three catches were for first downs as well and featured him carrying players forward as he fought for some extra yards. It was a solid returning game for Finley and he looks to be just as involved in the offense as he was prior to his injury.
2013 Week 6 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 75 / 0 rec)
Finley made some excellent attempts on some throws which weren't easy to haul in. Late in the first, Aaron Rodgers threw a laser beam past the defender and Finley extended himself to get it but just couldn't hold on. For most of the day, Finley was blanketed by coverage, but he got free on two key plays late in the game. The first was a 19 yard reception for a first down where he--in fact all of the receivers--were smothered in coverage. As Rodgers slid out of the pocket looking for someone to break free, Finley spun around in a tight circle, losing Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs in the process. Rodgers saw him and threw the ball. Finley made the catch and turned upfield for a key first down. The second one was one where Finley broke up the middle on his route and got inside on safety Matt Elam who dove for the ball instead of staying with Finley. Once he caught the ball (and Elam was prone on the ground) Finley turned upfield. There was a huge gap between where Finley and Elam were and the rest of the secondary and Finley had a tremendous amount of room to run, turning what might have been a big gain into a huge one and just about ended the game.
2013 Week 7 vs CLE (5 / 5 / 72 / 1 rec)
Jermichael Finley was well on his way to a monster day when he went down with a frightening head/neck injury near the start of the fourth quarter. In fact, Finley was a perfect five for five receiving and willed his way to a touchdown to cap the first Graan Bay drive. On the play, Rodgers hit Finley on a short out route. Finley turned upfield, juked the first defender, steamrolled two more and then spun his way into the end zone. In what was probably his best game of the year--maybe in several years--Finley had great success using his size and strength to overpower any Browns trying to cover him and his athleticism was causing huge problems for their linebackers when having to cover him. The injury to Finley occurred near the start of the fourth quarter on a simple slant pass. After the catch, Finley could see defensive back Tashaun Gipson closing in on him and lowered his head (he might have been in the process of being tackled to the ground by another defender). Gipson hit Finley's head with his shoulder pad and Finley collapsed to the turf. He had to be placed on a stretched and removed from the field via cart. Currently, he has been reported as having been walking a little after having been in an ICU overnight. Hopefully Finley can recover quickly and to full health, regardless of whether he takes the field again.
2012 Week 1 vs SF (11 / 7 / 47 / 1 rec)
Those who have been calling for Finley to finally become one of the top targets in the Packer passing offense had their moment on Sunday. Finley lead the team in targets with 11, including picking up four targets on Green Bay's 1st TD drive and drawing the defensive pass interference on Donte Whitner in the end zone to set up his own one yard TD catch. However, after accumulating some good will in the first half, Finley promptly had two consecutive drops, the first of which was on 3rd down and killed a drive early in the 2nd half. Finley would only get two more targets after the drops as Rodgers looked elsewhere. There is no doubting Finley's talent and even the 49er defense struggled at times with the TE, but there has to be more consistency from Finley's hands if he is ever to truly reach his potential.
2012 Week 2 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Finely had an uneventful game for the Packers this week, compared to some of the games against the Bears over the last few seasons. Finley got involved early on a nice play action pass to start the second drive of the game. Finely turned up field and kick-started the drive with a 16 yard gain. Early in the second, Rodgers hit him on a nice play down the middle of the field, but Finely dropped the pass and it fell incomplete. Finley's next catch was a nice pivot route, where he made a break for the sidelines after an eight yard gain. However, Charles Tillman made a text-book play; punching the ball out as he was tackling Finley and the Bears recovered the ball. Finley had one final five-yard catch in the 4th quarter on the right sideline to finish the day with four catches for just 26 yards.
2012 Week 3 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)
Jermichael Finley and the packer's offensive unit struggled to make any plays downfield against the Seahawks. Finley was the packers leading receiver in terms of yards and made some impressive catches for his team. On a rollout play by the QB, Rodgers bought down for Finley down the field and Finley jumped to haul in a nice gain over the middle of the field. Finley used his size advantage and out muscle defenders over the middle of the field at times for big first downs. Finley did have one drop on a slightly off target throw from Rodgers however. Rodgers failed to connect with any one receiver consistently on Monday night and took a lot of sack/checkdown passes which further limited the production of guys like Finley
2012 Week 4 vs NO (5 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Jermichael Finley registered a so-so day with 4 receptions and 54 yards. He could have had a touchdown, but I'll give due credit to Scott Shanle for a nice breakup once the ball was in Finley's hands. He did have a nice catch for 20 yards that should have been about a 7 yard gain; he broke a tackle as he caught the ball, and another one about 5 yards further down the field, displaying the talent he has. It's a matter of getting it right on a consistent basis. Finley had about 5 or 6 targets, but seeing that he had linebackers and/or safeties covering him almost all day, he should have probably been open on a few more occasions than he was today. All in all, not much to dispel the notion that he's a mid to low level TE1 in fantasy circles.
2012 Week 5 vs IND (5 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Finley was not terribly busy for much of the day, and was forced out in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. His status is questionable for this coming week. Finley was targeted in the end zone, but there were three defenders in the end zone and Rodgers was lucky it wasn't picked off. On another pass, he got his hands on the ball, but the defender got a hand on the ball and Finley dropped it. When Finley got hurt, it was on a play where Rodgers was desperately running around trying to find someone open. Finley broke for the sideline with a step on the coverage. He dove for the pass but couldn't come up with it. It looked like the defender fell on him and definitely Finley looked hurt. Worse than all the rest, it was on a wasted play because Rodgers was over the line of scrimmage when he threw the ball. The injury looked worse than it turned out to be, but might knock him out of the next game.
2012 Week 6 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Finley continued to seem lost in this Packers offense and was held without a catch through the first half. Finley did catch 2 passes for 12 yards, but dropped a potential touchdown in the 3rd quarter. The pass hit Finley right between the hands and bounced off his shoulder pads. The story here is the lack of production from such a talented TE. Finley owners had much higher aspirations when drafting him.
2012 Week 7 vs STL (2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Consistently hyped (or overhyped) year-after-year, the fifth-year tight end from Texas posted yet another clunker of a game. Finley snagged both of his targets for thirty-one receiving yards. Finley remains a physical specimen capable of shredding secondaries, but after several games of dropped passes, it appears he is an afterthought in the Green Bay air attack. As the 2012 season comes to its halfway mark, it appears Finley's is a lost one.
2012 Week 8 vs JAX (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Finley was inconsistent this week, failing to make plays on more occasions than flashing his athletic ability. His lone highlight was a crossing route reception down the 5-yard line with room to maneuver after the catch. Outside of that play, it was a day of disappoint for Finley. He was outplayed by a defensive back on one target in tight coverage and slipped at the top of his route on a crucial third down late in the fourth down. That final play gave the Jaguars the ball back, down by six points, with six minutes to play. Finley seems to celebrate on his rare plays of significance far too much considering his declining role on this offense.
2012 Week 9 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Finley was a no-show again on Sunday, as he continues to disappoint and looks closer and closer to his way out of Green Bay following the season. Supposedly over his shoulder injury and ready to "break out," Finley hasn't been on the same page with his quarterback for last season. Although he didn't drop a pass in this one, he was only targeted twice, and played just 38 out of 74 snaps, as blocking tight ends Ryan Taylor and D.J. Williams were used heavily in the fourth quarter. If the Packers ever get their wide receivers healthy, Finley's role might be reduced to blocking.
2012 Week 11 vs DET (3 / 3 / 66 / 1 rec)
Finley has not had more than two receptions in a game since Week 5 against Indianapolis and hasn't reached the end zone since week 1 against the 49ers. Yet he had a couple big receptions in this game and was a big part of why the Packers were able to pull out a win. Finley's first reception was a big one. Early in the second quarter, Finley ran a short crossing route while James Starks released into the flat on the side of the field where Finley was lined up. The Detroit linebackers both followed Starks and Finley was left alone in the middle of the field. Rodgers checked the ball down to him and he sprinted 20 yards for the easy score. Late in the game on the final drive, Finley came up big on two consecutive plays. The first was a short out route where Finley caught the ball in the flat and sprinted away from the defense for a huge 40 yard gain. On the next play, he ran a short curl to the same side for a gain of six. Two plays later Rodgers dropped a bomb to Randall Cobb in the end zone and the Packers took the lead for good.
2012 Week 12 vs NYG (5 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Jermichael Finley had the second most receiving yards on Sunday but it was in a losing effort that was difficult to analyse. Finley could have had another catch but he dropped a pass on the outside, taking his eyes off the ball too quickly. Finley showed an incredible level of concentration hauling in a tipped pass. Rodgers threw a ball that got tipped, was almost picked off but fell into the hands of TE Finley who was tall enough to pluck it out of the air before anyone else could reach it. Finley had a tough time getting open down the field as the Giants played very good coverage deep down the field. The Giants had two deep safeties for most of the game, which took away Finley's seam/post patterns and forced QB Rodgers to take checkdown passes instead. The Packers could not even manage enough offense for garbage time numbers and seemed to give up in the fourth quarter as the game was clearly out of reach. Finley's value has decreased with emergence of WR Cobb and WR Jennings return next week won't help his production either.
2012 Week 13 vs MIN (7 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
Finley has struggled with drops again this season, but this week he was sure-handed and reliable. Rodgers looked to him quite often in the second half as the Vikings chose to lock down James Jones and Randall Cobb. On his longest play, a 21 yard reception in the third quarter, Finley cut across the middle and totally left his defender behind. He jumped up, made the catch and immediately headed upfield. Three defenders converged on him and Finley lowered his head and charged into them for a few more yards. With his struggles this season, Finley finally took the opportunity to step up when they needed him to and perform well.
2012 Week 14 vs DET (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Finley didn't have a reception until he caught an out route underneath at the beginning of the third quarter. Two plays later Finley caught a similar pass.
2012 Week 15 vs CHI (6 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Finley had a more active than usual day, as Aaron Rodgers hit the big tight end for multiple underneath and slant routes. Finley has continued to have issues with drops this season, but made most of his targets this week, hauling all but one in. He isn't targeted at key moments though, and is clearly well down the list on the pecking order.
2012 Week 16 vs TEN (8 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
It seems hard to believe, but Finley's Week Sixteen performance of five catches for seventy yards represented his highest receiving yardage total of the 2012 season. Randall Cobb's early third-quarter injury resulted in increased targets from Finley, who responded with one of the best games of his otherwise lost season. The veteran tight end missed a short score on second-and-four at Tennessee's eight yard-line with the Packers driving to the Tennessee end zone. Though this will not show up in the box score, Finley did put a lethal stiff-arm on Titans linebacker Will Witherspoon following a thirteen-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers, much to the delight of the partisan crowd at Lambeau Field. Finley's increased looks going forward are, to no one's surprise, contingent on the health and availability of Randall Cobb.
2012 Week 17 vs MIN (9 / 8 / 72 / 0 rec)
Finley made his first reception open in the flat after Rodgers checked down to him late in the play. Finley caught a short curl for five yards after lining up in the slot for his second reception. Finley caught a pass right at the goalline despite being held by a Vikings' linebacker. Finley caught a quick out that turned into a bubble screen for 16 yards just before halftime. A few plays later, after a big sack, Finley caught the same pass with a similar result to move the offense into field goal position. Finley caught a quick out for five yards late in the third quarter. On third and 20, Rodgers hit Finley right at the pylon as he beat a defender. Finley stretched out for the first down but was marked short. After converting fourth down, Rodgers went straight back to Finley open in the flat for six yards.
2012 Week 18 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Finley's first reception went for 10 yards on first and 10 over the middle.
2012 Week 19 vs SF (5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Finley made an excellent reception over the middle deep against tight coverage. The ball was tipped just before it arrived to him, but his instincts took over to coral it to the ground. Finley caught a short pass over the middle for seven yards with a defender draped on his back. Two plays later, Finley took a pass in the flat forward for two yards after sidestepping the initial tackle attempt. Finley caught a quick out for a seven yard gain with the game all but over.
2011 Week 1 vs NO (4 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Jermichael Finley, one of the true 'jokers' of the NFL, lined up all over the formation in this game, forcing the Saints to make tough decisions about how to cover him. Finley took full advantage of the Saints' off coverage when he was split out as the X, running a quick slant with defensive player near him for a simple pitch and catch. Finley caught a nice back shoulder fade route from Rodgers later in the game, showing the timing that exists between the two players. With the Packers becoming more conservative in the second half and the offense stuttering a bit, Finley did not get his usual opportunities in this game. Expect that to change in the weeks to come. The connection between Finley and Rodgers is simply too good to hold down.
2011 Week 2 vs CAR (6 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Jermichael Finley was the one Packer that the Panthers had no answers for in coverage. Finley was a mismatch nightmare for the Panthers, just as he is for every other defense. Finley caught a key pass down the seam on third down early to keep a Packers drive alive. He split the safeties and attacked the ball in flight with his massive hands. Finley was targeted by Rodgers very often on third down and he often came up with the catch to keep the chains moving. A red zone target on a fade route looked like a touchdown as Finley cleanly caught the pass but it was ruled incomplete as he failed to complete the action of the catch all the way to the ground. Finley is an elite talent at tight end and provides the Packers offense with a chess piece that most defenses cannot take away.
2011 Week 3 vs CHI (8 / 7 / 85 / 3 rec)
If Greg Jennings owned the Chicago secondary in the first quarter, it was JerMichael Finley who owned them after that. On the opening drive, Finley lined up on the left side as a receiver, then cut across the end zone, making a great catch of a perfectly thrown ball for the opening score. In the second quarter, Finley was working the deep right side of the field, and ran a comeback route to make a wide open reception for 24 yards which set up his second TD. On that play, Rodgers was flushed out of the pocket, and as he rolled to his right, Finley slipped away from coverage to the middle of the field and made a good catch, diving into the end zone for his second score. At the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter, Finley again came up big, burning the Bears with receptions of 12, 15 and 10 yards, the last of which was his third score. Finley split to the back of the end zone and as Rodgers moved around to extend the play, Chicago lost track of Finley and he was wide open for his third TD of the game. The Bears had no answer for Finley in this game and he burned them every time he was thrown the ball.
2011 Week 4 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
His 1st catch of the day came on a 3rd down with a bunch formation to the left, Finley was lined up wide right however and Rodgers went that way. Finley made the catch, made the first down, moved the sticks. In the 2nd half he lined up in the 5 wide that Green Bay came out firing out of. He managed to find a soft spot in the middle of the field and made his 2nd catch. There were some thoughts that he hurt himself but he didn't show any signs of injury during the game. The Packers were having success throwing it to their wide outs and didn't need a big effort from Finley. 4 different WRs scored so Rodgers sprays it around a lot.
2011 Week 5 vs ATL (7 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Finley had two huge drops. At the end of the first half, he dropped a pass right in the endzone that would have given the Pack a touchdown, and instead led to a field goal. Then in the 4th quarter, Rodgers hit Finley across the middle on 3rd down, but Finley again let the ball get out of his hands. Only up 8, this opened the door for the Falcons to possibly get back in the game. When the Falcons didn't respond, Finley did. On third and 2, Finley streaked up the field and hauled in a 22 yard reception that helped put the game out of reach. Aside from Jennings, Finley is the only other receiving threat that is going to get targets each game. However, his four catches for 67 yards could easily have been 6 for 100 and a touchdown if he had held onto the ball.
2011 Week 6 vs STL (4 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
How many weapons does this team have? Finley usually gets heavily targeted by Rodgers, but had one of his worst games of the year. He hauled one 20 yarder over the middle for a big first down, and he had one drop on a ball thrown a bit high. Other than that, Rodgers really exploited the beat up cornerbacks for St. Louis, and didn't need to look Finley's way often.
2011 Week 7 vs MIN (2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Jermichael Finley had a relatively quiet game, finishing with just two receptions for thirteen yards. However, one of those was the TD pass early in the third quarter that put the Packers out to a big lead after being down a half-time. On the play Rodgers rolled out to avoid the pressure - and found Finley open in the back of the end zone. Rodgers made the solid throw and hit Finley right in the hands for the easy score. Finley was also the target of the pump fake that drew in the Minnesota defense, allowing Greg Jennings to make his 72 yard TD job on the previous series.
2011 Week 9 vs SD (7 / 5 / 44 / 1 rec)
Finley again showed his red zone prowess very early on, winning a jump ball over the defender on a play in which he barely even had to jump at all. He just reached up and over his man for the easy catch and score. He was targeted on two other goal line passes, one on which he stumbled trying to chase down a floater that he likely wouldn't have gotten to anyway. And another on a sideline fade pattern that was thrown too far beyond the sideline. He did show great hands on back to back third quarter catches, one snagging a ball to his left and near the ground and the next one a diving/sliding catch over the middle of the field to his right.
2011 Week 10 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 67 / 0 rec)
Big catch on a 4th and 5 where Finley lines up in a WR set but he also was the recipient of an incredible throw by Aaron Rodgers. Still Finley made a nice adjustment and used his athleticism to make the 2 DBs trying to hang on to him for dear life look like a couple of high school players. Finley caught another big pass late to help pad his stats a little but there are so many weapons and Finely is fast but he is not nearly as fast as Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings so the Packers have to be in certain situations to exploit Finley. Matt Flynn found him deep down the middle of the field late in the game.
2011 Week 11 vs TB (3 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
Went down hard and hurt his elbow in the 1st half. Once he went down he was a non-factor for the rest of the game. Hopefully the elbow is nothing to worry about for owners but stay plugged in to Footballguys for regular player updates throughout the week. Remember, the Pakers go to Detroit on Thursday so there isn't a whole lot of time for these players to rest or heal from nagging injuries. If FInley cannot play the Packers still have a lot of options in the passing game.
2011 Week 12 vs DET (5 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Jermichael Finley had a relatively quiet game, finishing with just two receptions for 38 yards. His first catch was on the opening drive - a short curl route for 13 yards. His other catch was a 26 yard floater down the left side of the field. On the play, Finley went up like a big WR and just out played the defender for a big reception. It was a big opening to the second half. Finley also had a 25 yard catch and run called back in the second quarter because of a holding penalty.
2011 Week 13 vs NYG (11 / 6 / 87 / 1 rec)
Jermichael Finley started off this game very well, getting open on third down vs. zone and picking up a first down on third and long. He then capped off the drive with as he helped out his QB by unravelling from his man as the play broke down. Finley gave a window for Rodgers to throw into and turned this short catch into a touchdown as he powered over the goal line. Finley could have had a much bigger day then he did however as he had two big drops. Finley dropped a seam pass down the middle and another big play was lost which had to have Rodgers somewhat frustrated. However he kept looking at his favourite TE and Finley ended up beating his man on a lot of plays. Finley's huge frame and speed was too much for the NYG man to man so they played a lot of zone which Finley was able to beat frequently. Perhaps his most important catch was late in the game. He hauled in a short pass on the sideline but turned it into a big play as he raced downfield and helped set up the winning FG.
2011 Week 14 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Finley was shut out despite being targeted twice in the end zone. The first time was a slant thrown low by Rodgers and the second was an underthrown fade. Both balls could have been caught but both would have been difficult. Most surprising was that the fade turned into a pick when the DB won the fight with Finley for the ball.
2011 Week 15 vs KC (10 / 3 / 83 / 0 rec)
It was a frustrating day for Finley who uncharacteristically had a case of drops while simultaneously dealing with several off-target Rodgers' throws. Twice Finley laid out to try to catch balls that led him just a bit much and both times he came up just short. Another time he did make a spectacular play on a 41 yard pass. Finley looked over his left shoulder for the deep ball and Rodgers had thrown it to the opposite shoulder. Finley did a great job of adjusting and making the catch. He also made a good catch on a slant that was thrown well behind him. Finley's third catch was another slant, this one on target and he broke a tackle to turn it into a big gain. His athleticism was far too much for the Chiefs to deal with but the combination of his drops and Rodgers' inaccuracy cost him the monster day he could have had.
2011 Week 16 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 20 / 1 rec)
After tearing up the Bears with three receiving TDS in their previous meeting, it looked like Finley was going to do it again on Christmas day. The Packers took the opening drive down the field and on that drive, Finley posted three catches for 20yards, including an 11 yard catch and run, and a 2 yard TD on a short slant. However, once Finley scored, the Bears moved LB Nick Roach off of him and brought in a nickel package to cover Finley with a DB. He didn't have another reception the rest of the day. Rodgers tried to get the ball to him a couple more times, but Finley had two drops and another pass that was too far for him or the defender to reach. When the packers got to the goal line, they motioned Finley away from one side to draw the coverage and go to the spot that he vacated on one of the TD passes to James Jones.
2011 Week 17 vs DET (8 / 7 / 64 / 1 rec)
Finley had another solid game for the Packers this week, catching seven of the eight passes thrown his way including six for first downs and the game winning TD. On that pass, Matt Flynn threw a quick out to Finley where Finley was able to make a great play before the defender even knew that the ball was in the air. Although Finley wasn't able to contribute any of his typical 'big play', highlight reel receptions, his TD catch at the end of the game was the biggest of the game. He kept the chains moving and put the Packers in position to win a shootout against a tough division rival.
2011 Week 19 vs NYG (9 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Jermichael Finley had very little impact on this game. Rodger's targeted him on many plays early in the game but drops and chemistry issues between the two players produced less catches than it should have. Its possible Rodgers looked elsewhere after having enough of Finley's drops. Finley started off looking good as he made a diving catch for the first down after taking a big shot from a NYG defender. Finley then had two dropped passes that easily could have been caught for first downs and possibly frustrated Rodgers into throwing elsewhere for most of the game. Finley was wide open again later in the game but he was not on the same page as his QB and Rodgers' pass fell incomplete. Rodger's was pressured heavily at times in the pocket, rolled out often and began to push the fall downfield and avoiding TE Finley for faster WR's. No GB receiving option stepped up in this game and Finley's drops ruined his opportunity to stand out on Sunday.
2010 Week 1 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
The Philadelphia Eagles tried their best to keep Finley in check with bracket coverage, and they would have to consider it a success as they limited him to four catches and 47 yards. Finley was lined up all over - close to the line, in the slot, out wide - as he continued to pose difficult matchups in the secondary. Finley should continue to be a threat to produce big plays all year.
2010 Week 2 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 103 / 0 rec)
Finley was in top form and a massive day was there for the taking if the Bills would have actually put up a fight in the second half. Finley made multiple downfield catches, showing WR-like extension and soft hands and smooth running after the catch. He did get one unsuccessful end zone target, but the TDs will surely come soon for the big man.
2010 Week 3 vs CHI (9 / 9 / 115 / 0 rec)
What a game that unfortunately could have been more if not for a big holding penalty and then Finley leaving the game halfway thru the 4th quarter with what looked to be cramps. Finley matched up on a defensive back is such a size mismatch and you could say that about a lot of tight end in the NFL; however the difference is Finley's speed and ability to catch the football. Once he turns his route back to the QB and gets that big frame between him and the DB, he is going to catch the football almost every time. There is nothing the DB can do to stop him short of causing pass interference. With Jennings and Driver causing havoc and having to be double covered many times it leaves Finley in a bunch of one on one situations with guys a lot smaller than him. Rodgers went to him early and often last night, many times on deeper routes across the middle too. Finley is young and still learning which is what truly is scary about his game. On the 1st drive of the 2nd half Rodgers went to him 4 times on the drive and 3 times inside the 25 yard line with the touchdown being called back because of the holding penalty. It's only a matter of time before Finley starts putting up a lot of touchdowns.
2010 Week 4 vs DET (5 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
Finley had a quiet game for the Packers, mostly due to the fact that they only had 180 yards passing on the game and spread the ball around to six different receivers. He was most active in the first half, while the Packers were building their lead. His TD reception was a beautiful pass from Aaron Rodgers to Finley who was double covered in the end zone. Rodgers put the ball in perfect position and Finley made an excellent diving catch for the TD. He remains a big part of their Green Bay offense, and is a must start for your fantasy team.
2010 Week 5 vs WAS (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Finley was injured on the second play from scrimmage, trying to make a tackle after the fumble. The play didn't look bad but he was carted off the field with a knee injury and did not return. An MRI has revealed a torn meniscus and he will miss three to six weeks.
2009 Week 1 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Finley, the young TE who showed so much promise in the preseason had just one catch in Week 1 against the Bears. QB Aaron Rodgers was looking downfield far more often than he was underneath, so both Finley and TE Donald Lee saw few chances in this particular contest. Whether this remains constant from week to week is up in the air, since the Bears were thin at corner and safety in Week 1 so Rodgers may have been looking to WRs Donald Driver and Greg Jennings for better chances. Finley's upside and true value should get a better determination with a matchup against Cincinnati in Week 2.
2009 Week 2 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Finley was a major target of Aaron Rodgers. Only Donald Driver had more passes thrown his way against Cincinnati. His already impressive stat line would have been even better had he not dropped a very catchable ball on a slow developing deep cross pattern on the Packers' first offensive play and had Rodgers not narrowly missed him on a sideline pattern later in the game. He was again aligned in the slot frequently and showed good awareness on a hot route that went for a long gain during the second half.
2009 Week 4 vs MIN (7 / 6 / 128 / 1 rec)
The rookie TE had his breakout performance in his biggest game of the season so far. He had two receptions on the Packer opening drive, including a nice sideline route that he turned up field for an 18 yard gain. On the following drive, Finley broke away from the defense on a deep route down the middle of the field. He made an excellent reception, made his immediate defender miss and ran the rest of the way for a 62 yard, game-tying TD. He had another nice catch and run late in the 4th quarter, again over the middle of the field. This helped set up the TD pass to Jordy Nelson and briefly got the Packers back into the game. He finished the game leading the Packers in receptions and receiving yards. He probably secured the #1 TE slot as well.
2009 Week 6 vs DET (5 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
It appears as if Finley is starting to wrestle the starting TE job away from Donald Lee. This week Finley lined up as TE and in the slot on his way to 5 catches on 5 targets. His receptions came on a variety of looks as well (screens, slants, over them middle). He combo of size and speed enabled him to make a terrific 30 yard catch down the center of the field. It's possible we are seeing his emergence as a future elite TE in the box scores.
2009 Week 7 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Finley left early in the first quarter after catching a ball on a crossing route but taking a low hit while trying to turn the ball upfield. The Packers are calling his injury a knee sprain, but haven't yet released more information.
2009 Week 11 vs SF (10 / 7 / 54 / 0 rec)
Welcome back Jermichael! Finley was an important underneath target for Aaron Rodgers, and he was able to rack up catches as Rodgers was willing to settle for the defense gave him all day. Finley had multiple end zone targets, and he also caught a pass at the one-yard line, so expect him to score multiple TDs down the stretch as long as he stays healthy. He shouldn't be on any waiver wires, and he could easily finish the season as a starting quality fantasy TE, because Rodgers seems to have forgotten about Donald Lee and Spencer Havner now that Finley is back.
2009 Week 12 vs DET (6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Finley took a huge shot from Lions safety Louis Delmas in the 2nd quarter but managed to make a reception on the next play working split out to catch a screen. Finley was targeted a few more times during the game but was really held in check by the Lions defense. QB Aaron Rodgers tried to force the ball to him on some intermediate routes, but Finley was unable to haul them in. Bigger days should lie ahead for this huge target of a TE.
2009 Week 13 vs BAL (8 / 7 / 79 / 2 rec)
Finley put on a show, even though he had to leave the game briefly to have a knee injury X-rayed. Finley worked the middle of the field and got open with ease. He also used his size to catch a fade in the end zone for one TD, and bowl over a tackler for his other TD. A nice catch at the sidelines in the red zone set up that first TD catch on a dominant night for 22-year old stud in the making. His hands and fluid athleticism are WR-like, but his giant catch radius is special for any eligible receiver. He should be a great pick for people that like to wait on TE in 2010 fantasy drafts.
2009 Week 14 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Finley has been Rodgers favorite target downfield since his return from injury, and other than a fumble at the end of the first half on a good defensive play, he has done nothing to discourage the Packers QB from targeting him just as frequently as they make a push for the playoffs. He is running very hard after the catch, making it tough for defenders to bring him down, and he is owning the middle of the field with his huge catch radius and sure hands. He is on track to finish the season as one of the hottest fantasy TEs.
2009 Week 15 vs PIT (10 / 9 / 74 / 1 rec)
Finley has arrived as one of the premier receiving TEs in the NFL. His huge catch radius and ball skills make him uncoverable for defensive backs, and linebackers can't stay with him. Finley isn't that fast, but he is strong and hard to bring down. He elevated over his man to catch a TD on a play that was almost unfair, and Rodgers hit him frequently in the fourth quarter when he needed a play to move the chains. Finley made great adjustments to the ball in flight and he was also Rodgers hot read on some plays when the Steelers blitzed.
2009 Week 16 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 80 / 0 rec)
Finley is a big red zone target, though he didn't see many other opportunities until the second half. He had some success lining up wide, and showed some nice moves to get yards after the catch. When the Packers need him, he showed that he can be a game breaker.
2009 Week 17 vs ARI (5 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
The 6-5, hulky TE has become a monster part of this offense and continues to get it done no matter where they line him up on the field. He started the game with a nice 30-yard pass that was called back due to an illegal motion penalty, and QB Aaron Rodgers just missed him in the back of the end zone early in the game. But Finley just couldn't be held down as he snagged a 5-yard TD off a fade pass where he found man coverage on the outside and out-leaped his defender for the score. While the opposing defense focuses in on the Packers talented WR's, Finley continues to make them pay with big plays.
2009 Week 18 vs ARI (9 / 6 / 159 / 0 rec)
The Cardinals covered Finley early with more than one defender, but for some reason, they left players in single-coverage mismatches with him as the game went on. Finley plucked a 44-yard desperation throw from Rodgers over Mike Adams, who also interfered with Finley, and the string of big plays was started. On the next play, Finley got the ball into the red zone. He also got the ball down the one on a second half drive, only to be pushed back by a Donald Driver holding penalty downfield, and Finley also had a 38-yard catch and a key third-down conversion that helped drives that knotted the game at 38 and 45. He should be one of the top five tight ends off the board in every fantasy draft next year.
2008 Week 5 vs ATL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Finley's only target of the game fell to the ground incomplete.
2008 Week 9 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Finley was targeted in the first half only, once in the end zone and once on a fourth down play (both of which he missed while in very tight coverage). The Packers appeared to like his matchup, since these were clearly plays designed to get Finley the ball.
2008 Week 13 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie Jermichael Finley had one target and one reception that went for no yards.
2008 Week 14 vs HOU (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Finley was targeted once unsuccessfully.
2008 Week 15 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Finley was targeted once in the end zone but the pass was thrown too high.
2008 Week 17 vs DET (3 / 2 / 29 / 1 rec)
Finley was targeted four times and finished with two receptions for 29 yards that included a three yard touchdown reception.