It's third and 3 late in the fourth quarter and a 5-foot-10 safety is covering 6-5 Jermichael Finley one-on-one? Don't expect to see that again anytime soon. It happened with just under 2 minutes to go in the Green Bay Packers' 19-17 victory over Baltimore Sunday and the result was a 52-yard punch in the face to the Ravens' chances. When Jordy Nelson Randall Cobb and James Jones are in the lineup with Finley someone is going to be left one-on-one. Why the Ravens decided Finley would be the one with Cobb (broken leg) and Jones (knee) over on the sideline is anyone's guess. As the Cleveland Browns prepare to face the Packers you can bet their third-and-3 defense doesn't feature a one-on-one against Finley. It definitely won't happen with Cobb and most likely Jones in street clothes for the Sunday affair at Lambeau Field. Finley has lived comfortably in the offense this season with lots of no-huddle and a triumvirate of receivers putting pressure on opposing secondaries. He still gets doubled some but the overall result has been another fast start for the fifth-year tight end. In five games one of which he played only six snaps due to a concussion he has caught 20 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. At this pace he'll break his career-high of 61 catches and finish about 40 yards shy of his career high in receiving yards. The problem Finley might face is that without Cobb and Jones he becomes the No. 1 or No. 2 target of opposing defenses on a down-after-down basis. The Browns probably aren't scrambling to figure out ways to double-team Jarrett Boykin or Myles White the two guys who are next up on the receiver chain. "Every year it's like that" Finley said. "It's part of the game. If you're a football person you'll know why you're not getting open or not getting the ball because it's a double-team. It's a way to get other guys open. "It's all about doing what I can do to help the team win not do too much." Finley has some history with exaggerated expectations most notably during his contract year of 2011. Instead of letting the offense come to him he pressed and became frustrated that he wasn't getting the ball enough. When he did get the ball he dropped it too often seven in the first 12 games five of them on third downs. The harder he tried the worse it got and the more the fans got on him.
Jermichael Finley again faces heightened expectations
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Oct 18