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Jeff Janis Presents Packers with a Question

Jeff Janis

It’s one of upside and how much the Green Bay Packers think second-year receiver Jeff Janis has.

Although Janis has made some improvements from year one to year two, he reportedly isn’t anywhere near where the coaching staff thought he would be.

Inconsistent is the word routinely used to describe Janis.

Janis is able to get downfield and, from time to time, turns in the big, flashy play. In addition to being fast, he’s also big and strong at 6-3, 220.

Of course, there’s a flip side. Drops too many balls. Can’t maneuver in close quarters.

In other words, right now Janis looks like nothing more than a guy who can do one thing — run a straight line down the field at a high rate of speed.

Now, the Packers aren’t counting on Janis to be one of their top receivers. So his shortcomings aren’t hugely important. What is important for Janis is that question. Does he still have upside?

Do the Packers think he can get to a place where he can work when he’s being pressed? Where his focus is such where he doesn’t drop balls?

So this becomes a question about a roster spot.

Four receivers are certain to make the Packers’ roster — Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery.

Then there’s Janis, Myles White, Jared Abbrederis and a number of undrafted free agents competing for one or two more spots. Right now, Janis is listed as fifth on the depth chart, which would seemingly make him safe.

But we’re hearing White is having his best training camp to date and the Packers will surely want to see what they have in Abbrederis after he missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL.

The question then may come down to whether the team is better off with the physically limited, but more polished White or the physically gifted, but raw Janis.

It seems Janis is going to have to show further improvement throughout camp to stick.

Monty McMahon

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  1. Eduardo August 13, 2015

    Add 30 lbs and make him a tight end.

  2. Howard August 13, 2015

    Or add some hands and an understanding of the route options and let Janis make himself into an NFL caliber receiver.

  3. kato August 13, 2015

    This is disappointing to hear. Besides a guy that can catch balls consistently down the seam, it could be argued the biggest thing missing from the packers offense is a guy that can blow the lid off defenses, a true burner

    1. Phatgzus August 13, 2015

      Jordy Effin’ Nelson-he only led the entire NFL in catches over 40 yards.

  4. MMTTDCSUCK August 13, 2015

    Disappointing to say the least . . .

  5. Mike August 13, 2015

    Looks. Like Janis just caught another td on preseason by putting on the Jets and running right by a cb in a straight line. Nothing wrong with that. All he does is catch tds when the ball is thrown at him. He’s a physical freak and will get more polished. You’re telling me a number 4 or 5 corner is covering him? Lol. Good luck. The guy is a 4.3 beast. When Nelson and Cobb are getting mugged all game things will open up so much for Adams and Janis. He’s going to shine. They’d be making a colossal mistake keeping white over him. White is not an NFL receiver. That’s it. And Janis looked much better than him again tonight in a preseason game.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK August 14, 2015

      I totally agree! When I mentioned disappointing yesterday, it was regarding Janis not getting the love. He is a beast, and given the time to “get it” will do just that. Miles White seems to be a good receiver, but Janis has so many tools. Just like Montgomery, he can do so much more if given the chance.

  6. V August 16, 2015

    He has smaller hands hence all the drops. When he’s running vertical, he can basket catch over his shoulder.