For the past two seasons, Jeff Janis has been a bit of a folk hero in Green Bay. But now, with their offense struggling, Janis needs to make his potential a reality.
Last night in Denver, the Packers were destroyed by the Broncos 29-10 in a game that showed just how much Green Bay misses Jordy Nelson.
Green Bay could barely pick up a first down, let alone make a big play. Aaron Rodgers threw for 77 yards and was disturbingly ordinary.
And since Nelson isn’t walking through that door anytime soon, the next best choice to reintroduce the big pass play in Green Bay may be Janis.
The former Division II talent is built somewhat like Nelson and he also runs 4.4 like Nelson. And two weeks ago, in a win over the Chargers, Janis hit not one, but two big plays for the Packers. He can stretch the field, something that’s lacking and that’s why he needs more opportunitties.
After catching passes for 40 yards and 39 yards against San Diego, Janis was MIA against Denver.
Green Bay desperately needs someone who can stretch the field and even though he’s still raw, Janis would be worth a shot. Davante Adams has struggled and Ty Montgomery is hurt again.
Both players have big-play potential and when both Montgomery and Adams get back to 100 percent and produce that may alleviate a lot of what has ailed the Green Bay offense. But until then, Green Bay can’t afford to sit back and wait.
The Packers offense has to adjust and soon and one of those adjustments should be running more 4-WR sets and putting Janis on the field more in an effort to bring the big play, once a staple of the Packers offense, back to Green Bay.