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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Jermichael Finley: Aaron Rodgers and I have chemistry issues

Jermichael Finley seems to be writing his ticket out of Green Bay.

The Packers tight end is underachieving for his second straight season, and he said during the week that he and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are having chemistry issues.

“It’s OK,” Finley said to FOX Sports Wisconsin about his chemistry with Rodgers. “Not good enough at all. Something to be worked on, and try to work on it as much as I can, try to talk to him as much as I can, but like I said, it takes two people.”

Finley hurt his shoulder in Week 5 against the Colts. He was asked if he can still produce at the high level he wants despite the injury. That’s when he brought up his chemistry with Rodgers for the second time.

“I can, (but) it takes two people to do that,” Finley said. “And I need the quarterback on my side, and I need to catch the ball when he throws it to me. So it takes two things to get that going, the chemistry. I feel we need to get that going.”

This isn’t the first time Finley has said his chemistry with Rodgers was lacking. During OTAs in June, Finley said the same thing.

Finley has been considered a player with tremendous athletic ability who has been expected to break out the last few years. His stats have been above average for a tight end, but they’ve fallen short of expectations. A lot of that is due to his inconsistent hands; he’s had way too many drops. If he thinks Aaron Rodgers has less confidence in him, it’s probably because he hasn’t been a trustworthy target.

And now I have no doubt that Finley’s agent was reflecting his clients thoughts when he criticized Rodgers’ leadership ability.

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