Expectations for Jermichael Finley were sky high two seasons ago. People were more willing to say he was on the verge of becoming an All-Pro performer back then.
Coming off his sophomore 2009 season in which he had 55 catches for 676 yards and five touchdowns in only 13 games, some fans were ready to anoint Finley as the next coming of Antonio Gates.
In 2010, however, a torn meniscus landed Finley on injured reserve, and the Packers won the Super Bowl without him. Then in 2011, he did little to improve upon his 2009 numbers.
Enthusiasm has been tempered for Finley. It seems as if fans are willing to acknowledge he's a top-10, top-15 tight end in the NFL, but gone are the top-five predictions or higher. He's too inconsistent, is the argument.
That will suit Finley just fine in 2012. Entering his fifth season in the NFL, he's another year more experienced and finally ready to be named to the NFL's All-Pro team.
And the lower expectations will actually work in his favor.