Throughout the offseason, Jeff Janis has been a hot topic for fans of the Green Bay Packers. Many want to see him on the field much more than we did in 2015 and by the way he’s going in OTAs, that hope could come to fruition.
Following the Packers workout, which was part of their organized team activities (OTAs) Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had some positive words about the development of Janis, which seems to be a positive sign for increased playing time in 2016.
Here’s what McCarthy had to say via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
“Jeff is a big target that can go deep. I think the play he made today was really good concentration on his part, competing through the interaction with the DB and tip of the ball and keep playing. He’s a very strong wide receiver. I think that surprises people. He uses his strength and his speed.”
Of course, Janis has tremendous size and athletic ability. And as he showed that in the insane playoff performance against the Arizona Cardinals, which he caught two Hail-Mary passes on one drive. He also caught seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
Once you watch those catches against the Cardinals, plus his flashes against the Chargers and Vikings last season, it’s easy to see the kind of dangerous deep threat he could become with a little consistency.
However, his limitation has been the difficult transition from sub Division-I NCAA Football to the NFL. In college, he essentially ran just two routes, a post and a go.
Through two seasons, Janis has proven he can run those routes and excel on special teams thanks to his impressive speed, but he needs to show he understands the intricacies of the offense. He also needs to get on the same page with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Once he develops that trust with Rodgers and McCarthy, the sky is the limit.
“Jeff Janis is doing a lot of good things. He just needs to continue to progress through the fundamentals of the position. Special teams he had an excellent year last year, graded out as one of our top players. I’d like to see him take that same step as a wide receiver.”
Whether Janis becomes the Packers’ No.3 wide receiver or not, there is no doubt that he’s an ascending player that with abilities that will make it difficult for McCarthy and the Packers to keep him off the field.