If I’m not the world’s biggest Jeff Janis fan, I’m somewhere in the top five. I got on board the day he was drafted, I’ve never wavered, and I still have no reason to do so.
I’ve made my case incessantly, but most passionately and sensibly back in July. Janis is as good an athlete as Atlanta’s Julio Jones or any other NFL wide receiver – and athleticism matters in athletics.
I gave up arguing earlier in the season, after three years of doing so. I admit defeat. Mike McCarthy and/or Aaron Rodgers have a prejudice against my guy that borders on hatred. It goes beyond what is best for the team. Last year, a reporter who was in a position to know – I can’t recall which one – gave a simple explanation, saying QB Rodgers “loathes” Janis.
So I’ve shut up. I watched silently as undrafted rookie Geronimo Allison was inserted into the lineup ahead of Janis around midseason. Then last week, when a Packers wide receiver was briefly injured, I stared in disbelief, but said nothing as untested rookie Trevor Davis, who was first benched and then made inactive in December, came onto the field for five plays.
A Super Bowl Berth at Stake?
The Packers are now facing their best opportunity in six years to return to the Super Bowl. The latest injury report is out: Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle), and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are all listed as questionable. I can’t remain silent any longer.
Fans, keep your eyes glued on the Packers’ receivers when they go up against the Falcons. Watch closely. Will the Packers play one, two, or even three injured receivers in preference to Jeff Janis?
Are hurt and limited receivers really better than a healthy Janis? Is a game of this importance the right time to bring in the inexperienced Davis, who wasn’t even suiting up a month ago?
Will McCarthy continue, as he’s done for three years now, to deny Janis playing time as a receiver?
In those three years, this magnificent athlete has had but ONE extended chance to play wide receiver, and then only because McCarthy ran out of bodies in last year’s playoff game against the Cardinals. Is seven catches, 145 yards and two touchdowns on such a playoff stage and without practicing with the starting unit, not good enough for any further opportunities? And please don’t recite that “he’s not good in practice” or “he dropped one pass” baloney.
If McCarthy throws away this rare chance to advance to the Super Bowl on Sunday, and it appears it’s due to whatever grudge the Packers are using to hold back Janis’ career, he’ll fully deserve all the crap that Packer Nation can hurl his way.
Assuming that not all three injured receivers are well enough to play well, what’s it going to be, Big Mike?