The Green Bay Packers only get to play the Atlanta Falcons every four years. It will be a treat on Sunday to watch a game that will feature the league’s best receiver, its top yardage receiver, and its most athletic receiver. Let’s hear it for J.J.
That’s right, I’m talking about Julio Jones, Julio Jones… and Jeff Janis.
I’m not pulling your leg, not jerking your chain. I’m not making it up, not exaggerating, not speculating. Test data indicates Janis is the most all-around athletic wide receiver in the league. Some of you might remember that back in July I provided the results of my study of 589 wide receivers who underwent the full NFL combine testing – going back to the 1990s. The two top overall athletic specimens will be on the same field (Mike McCarthy willing) on Sunday.
Their sizes are comparable – Jones is 1/8 inch taller and one pound heavier. Jones is also a bit faster in the 40-yard dash – 4.39 to 4.42. But Janis, with better times in both the 20-yard short shuttle and the 3-cone drill, has better agility. Janis also has the faster acceleration, 1.47 vs. 1.53 seconds in their 10-yard split times. Jeff also has a fair-sized strength advantage, with 20 bench press reps vs. Julio’s 17. As to catch radius, a metric created by playerprofiler.com, they are also comparable, with Janis in the 99th percentile and Jones in the 98th. I give the razor-thin overall edge to Janis.
Of those almost 600 receivers, the only other three I found to be in the top tier of overall athleticism with the two J.J.s are Vincent Jackson (2005 combine), Andre Johnson (2003), and Javon Walker (2003).
Let’s see now, the top regular season receiving yardage for these five superior athletes was: Jones 1,871; Johnson, 1,598; Jackson 1,384; Walker 1,382 (with the Packers in 2004); and, Janis, 79 in 2015.
Apparently Big Mike doesn’t want to rush Janis along as he develops him.
If you can cope with the frustration of the way this team is being run, try to enjoy the game this weekend.