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Bennett: Jeff Janis Still a Work in Progress

Jeff Janis has been given every opportunity to wow us since the Green Bay Packers opened training camp. With Jordy Nelson sidelined, Janis has lined up with the first-team offense on a daily basis. Thus far, he’s failed to do so.

That’s probably why Janis is listed as a third-team receiver on the Packers’ depth chart.

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett, who probably gets asked about Janis every time he’s in front of the media, didn’t exactly provide a ringing endorsement this week.

“It’s still a work in progress,” Bennett said of Janis. “Truth of the matter is right now we have yet to play a preseason game. With that being said, he’s going about doing it the right way in the classroom and on the practice field, which is to improve on a daily basis, to be more fundamentally sound, and I think the overall communication and the relationship he’s building with Aaron [Rodgers], I think it will pay dividends.”

It’s interesting that Bennett mentions fundamentals and communication.

Those right there seem to be the reasons Mike McCarthy refused to play Janis last season. There were whispers that his route running wasn’t up to snuff. There were also whispers that Janis didn’t have the trust of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

We know that to mean the expectation of perfection.

Well, what about those routes and that trust? Janis knows what he needs to do, but even he seems to suggest he’s not there yet.

“Obviously I’ve been trying to take advantage of it with Jordy being out and just trying to be on the same page with Aaron,” Janis said. “With me, I think it’s just going to take reps.

“I feel like I’ve gotten better at route-running. That’s something I’ve been trying to focus on. Now it’s just reading the defense and being where I’m supposed when Aaron wants me to be there.”

We get cliches from everyone about how Jeff Janis is getting better every day. Those are swell, but at some point, he has to get these things down or the Packers have to give up on him as a receiver. We know he hasn’t gotten the reps, which is a failing of the coaching staff, but we’re three years in now.

If Janis doesn’t get it in his third season, he probably isn’t going to.

In that case, he’s just a great special teams player. Nothing more.

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Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!

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5 Comments

  1. Bob August 11, 2016

    Like I’ve been saying. . . He’s fast, but he cannot maintain his stride while looking for the ball. As soon as he turns his head he starts tripping over his own feet. It’s sad to watch and I don’t think it’s something that can be coached.

  2. Jschizl August 11, 2016

    The jeff janis glory hole will be at 1265 lombardi ave after pracrice for everyone on this site feel free

  3. Vijay Swearingen August 11, 2016

    He’s just plain dumb I guess.

  4. PF4L August 11, 2016

    Well Mordecai, i guess he’s getting the reps now, do you agree? Now maybe this site can stop blaming McCarthy and Rodgers for the failings of Mr. Janis, and i don’t defend McCarthy very often. But there was a reason Janis wasn’t getting on the field and i doubt it’s the fault of the coach or the QB. For whatever reason, Janis isn’t getting it. But i will agree with Mordy on one thing, season #3, if he doesn’t “get it” by the end of this season, he’s probably toast. Personally, i’d love to see him succeed. But it is what it is, and there is usually a reason players fall to the 7th round.

    1. PF4L August 11, 2016

      Maybe Janis is with a woman that is fucking him up. Maybe Janis’s head isn’t right? Fucking bitch!!

      Sorry……Couldn’t resist :)