Maybe It’s Time the Packers Unleash Jeff Janis
I know. The suggestion alone is preposterous, isn’t it?
There has been much speculation about why the Green Bay Packers have never given receiver Jeff Janis an opportunity in the regular season. He doesn’t have Aaron Rodgers’ trust, he doesn’t run precise enough routes, his preparation and attention to detail aren’t up to par, he can’t play within the offense, he overthinks things, and on and on.
This year is no different than any other one. Janis has played just six offensive snaps through the first seven games of the season. Three of those came in week 1.
Now, I’m not one of those Jeff Janis fanboys. This isn’t about getting my boy into the game. I actually have a logical reason for the Packers to consider a dose of Janis on offense.
It’s pretty simple.
The Packers will be rolling with backup quarterback Brett Hundley for a while, possibly the remainder of the season.
As with any backup QB, that guy is primarily taking reps with other second-teamers. Hundley takes a lot of reps with Janis. By most accounts, Hundley’s favorite target during training camp was none other than Jeff Janis.
I would place a wager that Hundley is probably more comfortable throwing the ball to Janis than he is to Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams or Randall Cobb.
You might look to the Saints game for proof of that. Hundley threw for only 87 yards. Of the receiver group, Cobb led the way with two catches for 15 yards. Nelson had one for 13 and Adams had two for 12.
Are the Saints known for their great secondary? Their ability to blanket receivers? Not to my knowledge.
Not only is Hundley comfortable with Janis, they’re also friends off the field. The two went hunting during the bye week. It reminded me of Brett Favre and Mark Chmura back in the day.
If the Packers are really trying to put Hundley in the best position to succeed, then they should give him the tools he’s comfortable with.
Will that happen?
Well, we’re talking about Mike McCarthy here. He’s going to jam whatever he wants down Hundley’s throat and tell Hundley to like it. So probably not.