Receiver Greg Jennings’ two-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings didn’t go so hot. After racking up three 1,000-yard seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Jennings topped out at 804 for the Vikings, who released him two years into his contract.
And there’s good reason for that. Jennings played with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. He played with a trash heap of quarterbacks in Minnesota.
Jennings talked about how that affected him this week.
“It was huge making that adjustment because your game never really changes, but who you play with impacts you greatly,” Jennings says. “I think that every great quarterback and every great receiver, they feed off one another. If you’re a great receiver without the great quarterback that brings you down a notch, almost to where you begin to question yourself. The same could be said about a great quarterback, where if you have a great quarterback and you don’t have the great pieces around him, it’s like, ‘Man, am I really that great?’ Going from Brett and Aaron to Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel and all of these other guys, it was a huge drop-off. I can’t even put into words, and again, no disrespect to them, it’s just about how great these other two guys were.”
You can throw Josh Freeman into that mix, as well.
I think if you made Freeman, Cassel and Ponder into one human being, that person still couldn’t hold Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre’s jock strap. Although he was bitter throughout his tenure with the Vikings, we always thought Jennings was lucky to put up the numbers he did, considering the guys he had throwing him the ball.