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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.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Mike K October 31, 2017

    No need to worry bout Sphincter face Ted Thompson making any trades today. Draft & Develop 7th round compensatory pick bums!!!!!!!!! Trust the process and pad level.

    1. Kato November 1, 2017

      What trade do you propose to suddenly make this a super bowl team sans Aaron Rodgers

  2. Uncle Gravy Tank 2000 October 31, 2017

    I know the tendency is to want to simplify things for Hundley, but they have to conform to what he’s comfortable with and become more diverse with personal and formations. Also, the Packers ability to stretch the field progressively gets worse every year. This isn’t a new problem. Geronimo and Adams aren’t burners. Cobb and Jordy are a year older/slower and Jared Cook is gone… I want to see more of Kendricks, Davis and Janis.

  3. Zwoeger October 31, 2017

    Nope they might succeed. Lil’ Mike can’t have that.

  4. icebowl October 31, 2017

    Nice article Joe….
    Almost makes sense, however as you pointed out Hundley will have enough issues besides throwing to guys who can’t run “precise routes”. Hindley has 3 of the most elite WRs in all of football, as well as 3 TEs w huge potential for breakthrough. If he can’t hit them w any accuracy hitting a guy who can’t run routes should prove fruitless.. not to mention question if MM even gives him the greenlight to go downfield, given that running game is working….

    It would be great to finally see what Janis can bring, however I’m skeptical..

  5. PF4L October 31, 2017

    ^^He gets it.

  6. PF4L October 31, 2017

    I’ve seen Hundley play. Sure, he could end up playing a little better, probably will, maybe even doubling his passer rating to possibly 80, who knows. With this defense, where does that get you? We just gave up 485 yards of offense, and Capers spin is that the defense played fairly well. Stop this insanity.

    Is this the same QB that the Packers turned down a 2nd or 3rd round pick for? When i read that i laughed and laughed and laughed.

    04/30/2017 at 7:11 pm
    If a team is going to give up a 2nd or 3rd for Hundley, take it before they change their mind.

    If Rodgers gets hurt and is out for a long time, or the season, it will make no difference if we have Hundley or not. Without Rodgers, the Packers go nowhere.

    And yes, i know he is a pre-season Hall of Famer. But if the other 31 teams thought that’s how he’d play in real games, he’d be gone already.

    All this, favorite receiver stuff and he’s more comfy with the less skilled guys, etc. Means…at the end of the day, absolutely nothing. Don’t get me wrong, watching this version of the Packers without Rodgers has it’s own sick satisfaction for me. I watch these games and think about quotes McCarthy has proclaimed about himself, then i laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh, waiting for this circus to end.

    Good luck with your career kid.

  7. Kato November 1, 2017

    I thought for sure based on the title that Rob wrote this

  8. Lpack9160 November 4, 2017

    I have reigned myself o accept that this guy`s never going to play anything but special teams for the Packers. Great athlete not a great skill positon football player