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Will Finley's 'dates' with Rodgers pay off?

Oct 28, 2012 -- 8:23pm
 
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GREEN BAY – Jermichael Finley’s Saturday nights for the foreseeable future are booked. The Green Bay Packers tight end has a standing date each night – with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“It’s a date,” Finley said with a laugh after Sunday’s 24-15 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. “No wine, though.”

Having bemoaned on several occasions the lack of chemistry between him and his QB, Finley said Sunday that he took Rodgers up on his offer to get together the night before the game. So at the team hotel after the final nighttime team meeting, Finley and Rodgers went over Sunday’s game plan for the Jaguars.

“We met about 10 last night and we pushed it to about 10:45, just up there chatting,” Finley said, referring to the team’s 11 p.m. curfew. “Like I tell Rodgers, man, the more that we’re different, we’re alike. It was exciting, and you can tell I was comfortable out there because I knew he had my back.”

Despite the meeting – according to Finley, he and Rodgers had such meetings during the 2009 and 2010 seasons and started having them this year in advance of the Oct. 14 game at Houston – Finley finished Sunday’s game with just two receptions for 24 yards on six targets. It marked the third consecutive game in which he only caught two balls, but Finley wasn’t complaining afterward. He also said his shoulder, which he injured on Oct. 7 at Indianapolis, should be back to 100 percent next week.

“I’ve got my swag back, got my hands back, everything’s back. I’m in a great place. I’m happy, the head’s right. I’m excited. I can’t control (the number of passes),” Finley said. “I’ve got it all back. A-Rod can hit me every play and I’ll be open. I promise you. When it comes, it’ll come in bulk. I promise you.”

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