There’s more to Andrew Quarless, a tight end entering free agency after four season with the Green Bay Packers, than just pass catching. An excellent athlete and blocker, he’s generating a lot of interest in the market, with the New York Giants as leading contenders to sign him.
Quarless, a Brooklyn native who played college ball for Penn State was drafted by the Packers in the 5th round (154th overall pick), hasn’t put up impressive numbers throughout his career. He was injured during the 2011 season in a game against the Giants, making him miss the entire 2012 season. Despite Jermichael Finley’s injury, he didn’t become a vital part of the passing game, catching only 32 passes for 312 yards last season.
However, teams that are interested in him, and there seems to be a lot more than just the Giants after the tight end, see his blocking and athelticism as the main points of attraction, and are willing to ignore the less than impressive numbers. According to Jordan Raanan & Conor Orr, the connection between the Giants’ new offensive coordinator and Quarless might have some significance. Ben McAdoo was a tight end coach in Green bay.
According to Ebenezer Samuel, the Giants arent’ alone in the hunt for the player. The Packers would very much like to re-sign him, especially if Finley can’t play anymore of goes somewhere else (the Giants are also interested in him), but there are six other teams also trying to see if Quarless is willing to give them a chance.
Maybe in the right spot and a premier depth chart placing he can produce numbers far greater than what we’ve seen from him so far in his career, because teams are seeing someting. You don’t usually see seven-eight teams trying to sign a tight end known only for his blocking abilities.