The moment Jared Abbrederis tore his ACL, many Packers fans were left wondering what the status of the receiving corps would be.
After starters Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, there are a few question marks.
With neither second-year pros Myles White and Kevin Dorsey unable to grab the full attention of the coaching staff, let alone a football consistently, Jeff Janis is starting to show what he has.
People have said that Janis has had a long road but that has easily been an understatement. Coming into camp he was a seventh rounder that had to earn his stripes but then he missed seven practices as he battled the Shingles virus. Of course Mike McCarthy cannot wait to see how Janis’ 4.37 combine speed transforms into an NFL game.
As long as Janis can consistently catch the ball, there will be a spot for him. But what separates Janis is his size. Most speedy skill guys are small but he’s a surprising 6-foot-3, which will keep him on the field in short field situations.
If Janis can be dynamic in every way, shape and form, Cobb would welcome that. Right now, Cobb is the do-everything guy on the Packers. He can catch it, run it and he can throw it. It would give Cobb a break and let him concentrate more on being the receiver that Aaron Rodgers said he could potentially be, while letting Janis take some of his utility work.
McCarthy has already said this is the deepest group of receivers he’s ever had in his nine years as a head coach. That may be, but there are questions to answer. Can Jarrett Boykin continue to improve on last year? Will Davante Adams’ wrist be a lingering injury through the rest of camp? The only thing left for Janis is to take his incredible practice catches and show that talent in a game.
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