Receiver Jeff Janis was a surprise scratch from Wednesday’s practice because of a thigh injury. He was back on Thursday and that’s when we found out he suffered a thigh bruise while returning a kickoff against the Giants.
Janis, who finished that game despite the injury, is expected to be available and ready for the Cowboys this week. That’s good news for the Green Bay Packers.
Janis turned in arguably his best special teams performance of the season last week. He had two big special teams stops and averaged 25.7 on three kickoff returns, with a long of 33. That was really the first time this season Janis has looked like the special teams ace he was in 2015. There’s a guy playing well at the right time.
For a change, Janis may actually see an expansive role somewhere other than on special teams this week. With Jordy Nelson likely sidelined, Janis will surely get an increased dose of offensive snaps. He played 16 last week, which is the most he’s played since back in week 9.
Interestingly, Janis’ offensive snaps have increased each of the past three weeks. In week 15, he played just one offensive snap, but then played seven, 12 and 16 through the last three games. The increase should continue this week.
And while Janis has clearly been surpassed on the depth chart by rookie Geronimo Allison, the Packers could do worse than trying to get the speedster the ball against Dallas. We all remember what happened last year in Arizona.
Maybe Jeff Janis only bothers to show up for playoff games. Maybe the Packers should test that theory out.