The Green Bay Packers didn’t waste much time getting their draft picks signed, as the team agreed to terms with wide receiver Jeff Janis and cut cornerback James Nixon in order to make room on the roster, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tyler Dunne reports.
Janis, a seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft from Division II’s Saginaw Valley State, was dominant last season, catching 83 passes for an impressive 1,572 yards. He also put together an extremely impressive combine, which made him too good to pass in round seven, despite the fact Green Bay already drafted two receivers previously in Davante Adams (2nd round) and Jared Abbrederis (5th round).
As of now, the details of his Janis’ first pro contract have not been released, although, in my opinion, just hearing that a solid prospect like him is signed is good enough.
As for the announcement on Nixon, it’s nothing too surprising, as Nixon has never been much of a well-known name. Green Bay signed him to the practice squad back in September 2012 but he did not appear in a regular season game until last year, when he appeared in three contests (Weeks 6, 7, and 8; all Packers wins) before going down in November with meniscus cartilage damage.
In those three weeks, Nixon surprisingly didn’t record a single tackle, likely making the decision to cut him pretty easy. As you all probably already know, Green Bay just drafted another young cornerback in Baylor’s Demetri Goodson in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft, so keeping a banged up guy like Nixon around in 2014 wouldn’t make much sense, even if he does have some potential.