In what is developing into a wide-open battle for a starting job, the Packers have been rotating daily which tight ends take the snaps with the first-team offense.
Brandon Bostick took advantage of his turn on Wednesday at Ray Nitschke Field.
The converted small-college wide receiver snagged a touchdown catch on a quick flip from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a red-zone period, and then he ended the competitive portion of practice with another TD grab on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
Here are Bostik’s measurables from his 2012 Pro Day:
|Dates: 03/27/12@Coastal Carolina|
|40 Yrd Dash: 4.59|
|20 Yrd Dash: 2.73|
|10 Yrd Dash: 1.67|
|225 Lb. Bench Reps: 19|
|Vertical Jump: 36|
|Broad Jump: 10’01”|
|20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.25|
|3-Cone Drill: 7.41|
At 243 and 4.59 on his 40 yard dash that makes him pretty comparable to Kelvin Benjamin (KB is two inches taller if that matters to you).
We’ve previously profiled fellow Packer TEs Richard Rogers and Colt Lyerla on this site. Matthew Freedman advocated for Rogers while James Todd urged caution. I may have also said that we’re either way too high or way too low on Colt Lyerla.
As far as Bostick goes, he has seven career receptions for 120 yards. That’s a 17 yard/reception pace… but it’s also seven receptions. In college he played at small school Newberry where he also played basketball (basketball conversion!).
Could Bostick be good? Sure. I think the more interesting question is whether the TE position requires anything more than athleticism at this point. It sure doesn’t seem to require a track record of production in order to be a star TE. Not in the same way it does at WR. For anyone that thinks that we only like physical measurables here on the site, I can assure you that’s not the case. We’d much rather be able to have some production data points to rely on. But in the case of Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates, Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas, the production was pretty sparse until it wasn’t.
So could Bostick be good? Seems like he could. Will he be good? I don’t really know. Obviously the biggest thing he has going for him is Aaron Rodgers.