Actually, this is probably not the year for Jeff Janis.
Some — a few maybe, the die-hard Janis supporters — got a little fired up when they saw their boy line up with the first team at OTAs this week. Never mind that there were five receivers on the field with Randall Cobb at running back.
That’s what you would call a non-traditional package and likely one that won’t see the light of day very often in the regular season.
No, we think Janis is going to have a hard time making the roster, this year.
There are a lot of things working against Janis.
- Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem to trust him and that’s a must if you’re going to get the ball as a receiver in Green Bay.
- Coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t play him. There were plenty of opportunities to involve Janis in 2016, but he had just 11 catches on 19 targets (and 93 yards).
- His special teams play has eroded. Janis was star gunner in 2015, but just another guy in 2016.
- Once again, the Packers will take a bloated receiver group into training camp. We’d be real surprised if they kept seven again like they did in 2016.
Janis is entering his fourth season and if he doesn’t show anything as a receiver this year, then he probably isn’t going to. We all remember the playoff game in Arizona, but this is a guy with just 15 regular-season receptions over three NFL seasons.
I would expect Janis is going to need to return to his 2015 special teams form AND show considerable improvement as a receiver to stick around in 2017.