The Green Bay media really wants to make receiver Jeff Janis the Packers’ offseason MVP.
They are trying their damnedest, in fact. Not only are there constant questions being asked about Janis, but there are also constant stories.
It’s really amazing, considering Janis is probably no better than the Packers’ No. 6 receiver right now.
Plus, there’s the fact that the so-called “offseason MVP” in Green Bay usually ends up being someone who doesn’t contribute during the regular season. You would think that if these guys love Janis as much as it seems, they wouldn’t want him to get that designation.
It’s like the Madden curse.
Another Mike McCarthy presser, another question about Janis making the jump.
“Jeff Janis is doing a lot of good things. He just needs to continue to progress through the fundamentals of the position,” McCarthy said. “Special teams he had an excellent year last year, graded out as one of our top players. I’d like to see him take that same step as a wide receiver.”
To his credit, McCarthy has resisted calling anyone the offseason MVP this year.
It seems he learned his lesson when he gave Davante Adams that label last year.
McCarthy’s response is pretty much the Janis situation in a nutshell. The reason the Packers don’t put the guy on the field is because he isn’t a precise route runner. Has he gotten any better at that?
From everything we hear, it’s still a work in progress.
One day, Janis makes a great play. Another, he runs a crappy route and Aaron Rodgers gets picked off.
As you surely know, if Rodgers gets picked and feels it was Janis’ fault on a regular basis, Janis might as well go put in an application at Aldi.
Jeff Janis appears to be ready to break out and I believe he should have got opportunies last season and more playing time. I hope Janis breaks out this year especially after what he did last year in playoffs vs Cardinals. 2 tds, including a hail mary throw to tie the game. So MM should start play him in the Packers offense this year.
How is it possible to not grasp the route tree in three fricken offseasons?
Perhaps he actually does get it. Maybe it is a political or draft level playing time thing. He sure grasps his special teams roles well . . . He certainly can go up and catch the damned ball also. Give him “simple ” routes then and keep him the hell out of the complex play book then. Case closed. Another weapon acquired . . .
Hope MM plays Janis in the Packers offense this year. My prediction is 12-4.
When they talk about route running, its not just knowing which path to take, its about reading the coverage, disguising the route with the shoulders and eyes, beating the jam or coverage, getting back on the route and positioning the body where the throw is going to be made.
Janis can’t do any of this stuff.
Let MMTTDCSUCK tell you. I don’t know if he agrees with you!
I agree with Vijay 100%!