The Green Bay Packers have a bevy of young wide receivers. Yet, many have failed to produce so far in 2016, which is why a now healthy Jeff Janis, can make an impact.
Janis, a third-year player, has been playing on special teams for the Packers, but after breaking his hand, he hasn’t played receiver at all since the season started.
Following his breakout game in the NFC Playoffs against Arizona last season, in which he caught seven passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns, he appeared primed for a bigger role in the offense.
However, having a club cast on one hand makes catching the ball difficult. Yet, Janis is healthy now and Monday practiced for the first time without in a month.
“It felt good to be able to use my hand again and catch some balls,” Janis said after practice. “I haven’t done that in a while, so it felt good. Today’s practice felt good. I feel like I haven’t lost a step, so hopefully I get thrown in there again this week and see what I can do.”
Outside of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, no other wide outs have done much.
After an offseason of hype, Jared Abbrederis, Trevor Davis and Ty Montgomery have combined for just one catch.
The Packers have also failed to hit deep plays, which is an area where Janis has excelled. He had multiple 40 plus receptions last season and two in the playoffs vs the Cardinals.
Janis can’t save the Green Bay pass offense. But he can certainly give Aaron Rodgers another much-needed weapon down the field.
One that could help the Packers bring the big play back to their offense.