Jeff Janis is a receiver, but when you play for the Green Bay Packers that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll actually catch any passes. Hell, you might not even get any snaps on offense. Just ask Jared Abbrederis.
Janis practiced without a club on his hand for the first time since the preseason, on Monday. In theory, he could now play a role on offense.
Will Janis play a role on offense? That’s the bigger question as far as we’re concerned.
We all know about the playoff heroics in Arizona. We also know coach Mike McCarthy refused to put Janis on the field in 2015 until he literally had to. Janis only played in that playoff game because both Davante Adams and Randall Cobb were out.
Janis was seemingly given an opportunity to win the No. 3 receiver job in training camp. He also seemingly did nothing with that opportunity. Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett called Janis a “work in progress” before he broke his hand.
That’s not a secret code for “starting-caliber receiver.”
If there’s any hope for Janis this year, it lies in two areas.
First, the Packers passing game isn’t exactly lighting it on fire through three games. They’re averaging 193 yards per game, which puts them at 29th in the league. That’s only a hair better than the offensively-challenged Los Angeles Rams, who are averaging 192 per game.
Could the passing game use a boost? It kind of looks like it, doesn’t it?
Second, McCarthy has shown some interest in mixing things up recently. Against Detroit, Davante Adams played his fewest number of snaps this season. Rookie speedster Trevor Davis played his greatest number. Davis is on the field for one reason — to stretch it. That’s something Janis is also known for.
Should the Packers give Janis a shot? Of course they should.
Will they? We’ll believe it when we see it.