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Did the Packers uncover a gem in Janis?

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The best thing to happen to the Packers receiving corps heading into 2016 figures to be the expected return of Jordy Nelson from a torn ACL.

Further injuries may have opened the door for Jeff Janis to have a say — and a significant role — in the offense as well.

Janis had two receptions all season before Randall Cobb got hurt in last weekend’s divisional playoff game. Because Ty Montgomery and Davante Adams were already out, Janis got his chance.

He delivered seven catches for 145 yards, including a 41-yard Hail Mary that sent the game to overtime. After penalties, he delivered two catches for 101 yards on the final drive of the regulation.

Those previous two catches totaled 79 yards, a sign that Janis can stretch the field. Without Nelson, that’s an element the Packers were missing in 2015. Aaron Rodgers averaged 7.1 yards per attempt, the lowest of his career, and 11.0 yards per completion, his lowest since becoming the starter.

Janis was active for all 16 games and returned 14 kickoffs, but he didn’t make enough catches to earn a priority spot in the wide receiver rotation.

“As a receiver, he was inconsistent, had some chances, up-and-down,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters. “But with that, I think he definitely learned from those experiences and just had a tremendous game against Arizona.”

Now, the 6-foot-3 Janis certainly has earned at least a longer look. He played in just three games as a seventh-round rookie in 2014 and needed the final game of his second season to really make a splash. Counting two years of preseason work, his limited regular season duty and last weekend’s game, Janis has 23 catches in a Packers uniform and seven of them have gone for touchdowns. That’s not a bad way to stay in the plans.

Veteran James Jones, who returned to the Packers after Nelson’s injury, can be a free agent. Even with Cobb and Nelson figuring to return as the starters, Janis figures to have a shot to make more big plays.

“When you actually get out there and get reps and make some catches, make some plays, yeah, it reminds you of college again,” Janis said. “I can play out here.”

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102 Responses to “Did the Packers uncover a gem in Janis?”
  1. sbdt says: Jan 19, 2016 6:05 PM

    I feel like we were having this same conversation about Davante Adams last year at this time

  2. thegr8rayfinkle says: Jan 19, 2016 6:05 PM

    I will tell you what they uncovered. McCarthy uncovered the McPick 2. He can have 5 burgers, 3 fries and a couple of orders of mozzarella sticks for $10!

  3. dddip says: Jan 19, 2016 6:11 PM

    He caught a couple of flukey, lucky hail mary passes.

    He’s not a “gem”.

  4. h0metownzero says: Jan 19, 2016 6:11 PM

    Tremendous speed. Tremendous special teams player. Very good hands. Adequate adjusting to the ball. Borderline terrible route runner. If he fixes that, he’ll play.

  5. longtimefanh8tr says: Jan 19, 2016 6:11 PM

    Mike stubbornly wouldn’t play him when it was obvious the Jones had slowed and Adams couldn’t catch a cold. AR also didn’t press for him to be in the game. Total failure not to play Janis and Abby more.

  6. stellarperformance says: Jan 19, 2016 6:12 PM

    V12. That’s all you need to know.

  7. tokyogasblaster says: Jan 19, 2016 6:13 PM

    We have the talent to make the playoffs next year,we’ll
    Choke but we will make the playoffs…

  8. buffalowned says: Jan 19, 2016 6:13 PM

    Yeah he had a good game…but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say they uncovered a gem in Aaron Rodgers

  9. bradytheg0at says: Jan 19, 2016 6:15 PM

    This reminds me of the chris matthews situation from last year’s superbowl, everyone thought he was a gem, but ended up a practice player this year.

  10. stellarperformance says: Jan 19, 2016 6:17 PM

    Viking trolls are so programmed to expect defeat at the hands of Packer success, they take pleasure in negative any news about the Packers, more than they do positive news about the Vikings. Look how quickly they show up! This behavior is confirmed over and over again. You don’t see Packer fans reacting like that, because they don’t have to.

    The Vikings have set an NFL record for the most post-season defeats since the merger….their preferred timeline for measuring success in the NFL, and added to it again this year.

    Their team gave them a lot to be hopeful for. And yet, here they are, trying desperately to “put us in our place.” They can’t even brag about the North Division title, because they know it doesn’t mean anything.

  11. ariani1985 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:18 PM

    Yeah, everyone is looking for a slow rial thin fragile receiver, besides julie nelson!

  12. billbrasky72 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:19 PM

    He’s just the only guy that’s not addicted to buffets or video games.

  13. tangysizzl says: Jan 19, 2016 6:20 PM

    I think Jordy Nelson had a whopping 22 catches in his 2nd season so there is still a lot of time for Janis to mature and earn a more significant role for this team.

  14. ariani1985 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:21 PM

    Fecal performance, jealously is a bad disease!

  15. Ugadogs21 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:25 PM

    Made the most of his opportunity..Hats off.

  16. sammievee says: Jan 19, 2016 6:26 PM

    He runs down field and turns around to look for ball, doesn’t really run standard patterns. Yep, he can jump. Now do you really think that he is some type of long term solution and with the injury situation they had GB sat him on the bench all year.

  17. sammievee says: Jan 19, 2016 6:27 PM

    Did Janus’ agent write this blog, just buy lunch, or both?

  18. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 19, 2016 6:27 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:11 PM

    Tremendous speed. Tremendous special teams player. Very good hands. Adequate adjusting to the ball. Borderline terrible route runner. If he fixes that, he’ll play.
    ______

    You just described Cordarrelle Patterson.

  19. suhmonster90 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:28 PM

    If they’re healthy next year he may not even play. Little soon to call him a gem.

  20. codythao35 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:28 PM

    I doubt Nelson will be the same. And what a waste paying Cobbs 10 mil. Wow, this is why Packers choking continues. Becuz next men up are just trash.

  21. h0metownzero says: Jan 19, 2016 6:29 PM

    You can always count on the Packer faithful to act like they’ve been there before, and be as gracious in defeat as they are hoisting one of their many championship trophies. In general, were a happy and positive group of people.

    Why are Viking fans always so miserable?

  22. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 19, 2016 6:30 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:17 PM

    Viking trolls are so programmed to expect defeat at the hands of Packer success, they take pleasure in negative any news about the Packers, more than they do positive news about the Vikings. Look how quickly they show up! This behavior is confirmed over and over again. You don’t see Packer fans reacting like that, because they don’t have to.
    ________

    This from the guy who comments on 90% of Viking stories and spends his spare time looking up each team’s number of playoff losses since 1970 in an attempt to make the Vikings look bad.

  23. gtodriver says: Jan 19, 2016 6:37 PM

    h0metownzero says:

    You can always count on the Packer faithful to act like they’ve been there before, and be as gracious in defeat as they are hoisting one of their many championship trophies. In general, were a happy and positive group of people.
    ***************************************

    I lived in Wisconsin for 23 years. I know better.

    Packer fans are the worst I’ve experienced – and I’ve also lived in MO, MA, CA, TX and VA.

  24. 12444uggg says: Jan 19, 2016 6:38 PM

    They uncovered a guy who’s going to get a second contract. Good for Janis.

  25. h0metownzero says: Jan 19, 2016 6:39 PM

    Viking fan anger isn’t just your garden-variety anger. There’s that underlying melancholy. They’re a sad people.

    I think they be happier rooting for a different team, or just giving up on football.

  26. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:39 PM

    Nope. if he started having games like that earlier, maybe. just another 5th stringer WR.

    I’m a Viking fan, I’m in a pretty good mood.

  27. contra74 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:40 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:17 PM
    Viking trolls are so programmed to expect defeat at the hands of Packer success
    —–
    Man get over your unhealthy obsession with the Vikings! Not a single post from a Viking fan came before yours and you came out with both guns blazing.

    It’s stuff like this which makes packer fans unbearable. Get over it!

  28. gtodriver says: Jan 19, 2016 6:44 PM

    stellarperformance says:

    They can’t even brag about the North Division title, because they know it doesn’t mean anything.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Coming from the Packer troll that kept on claiming that the Packers owned the NFC North and owned the Vikings.

    The Packers finally managed to win 4 in a row after nearly 50 years of divisional play – that streak really made you feel like the BMOC.

    At least up until the time that they lost to the Vikings at Lambeau in week 17 and lost the division title in the same night.

    Now that the Packers have been dethroned, the title doesn’t mean anything.

    Hypocrite.

  29. howiehandles says: Jan 19, 2016 6:44 PM

    He had to hail mary catches, but the rest of the game Rodgers looked nothing but frustrated trying to figure out what routes his receivers were running.

    Rodgers could probably make any 4 trolls on this site look good for a game.

  30. h0metownzero says: Jan 19, 2016 6:48 PM

    Their seething hatred is merely a coping mechanism to soothe their feelings of inferiority. This is commonly referred to as Viking fan inferiority syndrome, and has been clinically documented.

  31. h0metownzero says: Jan 19, 2016 6:56 PM

    The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN is doing clinical research on the link between hyper angry forum posting and missed 27 yard field goals on their patients suffering from Viking Fan Inferiority Syndrome. With enough time and adequate funding, we might finally understand why they behave the way they do.

  32. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:59 PM

    Vikings fans are the red-headed step child of the NFCN. They always have been and they always will be. Including next year when their AWFUL offense either is without AP or it has AP at age 31 and a bag of balls around him. Teddy Bridgewater is not one iota better than Gus Frerotte or Sean Salisbury.

    Regarding Janis – if he cleans up his route running he could be the next Jordy. If not, he’ll make a career as a KR and a gunner on punts. He’s already very good at that.

    The Packers WRs are going to BEAST next year.

  33. Teddy B's House of Noodles says: Jan 19, 2016 7:00 PM

    It sure looks like they found a gem in Janis.

    The Vikings can hardly control themselves thinking about when their opportunity is to acquire yet another Packer WR.

  34. 1pavikingfan says: Jan 19, 2016 7:00 PM

    The few times I saw him play, the dude looked very good.

  35. DrSteveBrule says: Jan 19, 2016 7:00 PM

    Matt Flynn threw 6 TD passes in one game and it made him many millions of dollars. They should trade Janis now while his stock is at an all time high.

  36. Teddy B's House of Noodles says: Jan 19, 2016 7:02 PM

    He caught a couple of flukey, lucky hail mary passes.

    He’s not a “gem”.
    ————-
    First of all, he only caught 1 hail mary pass. I’m not sure how using your speed, height and athleticism to out-jump defenders is considered a fluke.

    If that’s the case, then Randy Moss’s entire career with the Vikings was based on a fluke.

  37. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:03 PM

    yep he’s so good the got to the divisional round and lost again

  38. Teddy B's House of Noodles says: Jan 19, 2016 7:08 PM

    I doubt Nelson will be the same. And what a waste paying Cobbs 10 mil. Wow, this is why Packers choking continues.
    —————-
    Can you please explain the Vikings choking for the last 50 years then? I think missing a chip shot FG is the very definition of choking in another 1 and done for the Vikes.

  39. revelation123 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:10 PM

    It reminds me of Jordy Nelson’s breakout game in the Super Bowl. It took a bunch of injuries for him to get on the field, but when he got on the field, he put up a performance.

  40. immafubared says: Jan 19, 2016 7:11 PM

    NO they didn’t. They have two guys who were dominant pass rushers and players in the pre season in Eliot and Pennel and ya know what. They got the bench. Why? Late round draft picks. Mike plays the favorites. Lacy got to play because he was a 2 and Starks a 7 even though Starks outplayed Lacy all season long.

    Its all about making Ted look good and not admitting, oh we made a mistake on that pick.

    Janis came in as a 6’3 very fast highly regarded receiver who they gave lip service too as a 7th round pick. They never gave him a chance.

  41. shlort says: Jan 19, 2016 7:14 PM

    He can be coached up and made a good player. That is where teams like the Packers are forced to get their players. Green Bay rarely picks early in the draft, so players must be developed because all the good players are gone before Green Bay picks every year. Couple years ago, Minnesota was so bad they got 3 first round picks before the Packers even got one. 😁

    People cannot expect teams like the Packers and Patriots to rely on getting a good first round player in the draft. Teams like Minnesota always draft early in the first round and still can’t hit on players. If they could hit on their picks, the Vikings would know what it was like to draft 25th and up for the past 20 years in the draft like the Packers do. I mean, really. How great is Green Bay when they get t pick through the scraps of the draft every year and still be in contention for championships every year. Minnesota could take some lessons.

  42. Teddy B's House of Noodles says: Jan 19, 2016 7:15 PM

    Viking trolls are so programmed to expect defeat at the hands of Packer success, they take pleasure in negative any news about the Packers, more than they do positive news about the Vikings.
    ————
    Truer words have never been typed. I say this living among Vikings fans for 25 years. In fact, many of them fully admit that they are raised to be that way by their parents who were jealous back in the 60’s when the Packers won 5 championships in 7 years and after they lost 4 SB’s. It apparently drove them crazy with jealousy because they thought it would be easy.

  43. mark1021 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:16 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:21 PM

    Fecal performance, jealously is a bad disease!
    ————-
    You’re right. Your “jealously” of the Packers is truly sad.

    Maybe when you get out of kindergarten you’ll learn to use the correct words when you try to troll.

  44. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 19, 2016 7:21 PM

    Teddy B’s House of Noodles says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:02 PM

    He caught a couple of flukey, lucky hail mary passes.

    He’s not a “gem”.
    ————-
    First of all, he only caught 1 hail mary pass. I’m not sure how using your speed, height and athleticism to out-jump defenders is considered a fluke.

    If that’s the case, then Randy Moss’s entire career with the Vikings was based on a fluke.
    _________

    There you have it, folks! Jeff Janis is Randy Moss! I was wondering how long it would take for someone to go off the deep end. Didn’t really take that long.

  45. minnescrotums says: Jan 19, 2016 7:22 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:37 PM
    h0metownzero says:

    You can always count on the Packer faithful to act like they’ve been there before, and be as gracious in defeat as they are hoisting one of their many championship trophies. In general, were a happy and positive group of people.
    ***************************************

    I lived in Wisconsin for 23 years. I know better.

    Packer fans are the worst I’ve experienced – and I’ve also lived in MO, MA, CA, TX and VA.

    ——

    That’s ok. I’ve lived in WI, NY, TX, CA, WA, and MN…..and we all agree that Minnesota fans are the worst.

    You’re a little outnumbered.

  46. youarefudgepackerz says: Jan 19, 2016 7:24 PM

    Just because he looks like me, dresses like me, is white like me, weighs the same as me, and wears number 80-something like me, doesn’t make him as good as me!!!

    Sincerely,
    Jordy Nelson (the original)

  47. mark1021 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:30 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:17 PM

    Viking trolls are so programmed to expect defeat at the hands of Packer success, they take pleasure in negative any news about the Packers, more than they do positive news about the Vikings. Look how quickly they show up! This behavior is confirmed over and over again.
    —————
    The Vikings’ own home radio station KFAN calls it AVATAR Syndrome. It’s defined as Aggravated Vikings Anticipatory Traumatic Abandonment Reaction Syndrome. It is brought on by such things as “Wide Left” and the inevitable playoff loss. Ariani and Cody are the poster children for this disease. Sadly, there is no cure.

  48. 4sacroc says: Jan 19, 2016 7:36 PM

    He never had Rodgers’ trust all season owing to the fact he was a poor route runner.

    He continued this pattern in first half Saturday when Rodgers threw to end zone pylon expecting Janis to flatten his route.

    Janis went too deep. Incomplete.

    He battled for two hail mary passes. But until he can be trusted with the basics, he’s still a project.

  49. fanofpft says: Jan 19, 2016 7:39 PM

    I saw the same thing happen with other team/s. They claim there are holes and lack of depth. Yet guys like this don’t get used until very late in the season due to injury.

    He high pointed a clutch play/pass v one of the best CB there is. Not an easy task.

  50. jwilliamsspf says: Jan 19, 2016 7:40 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe they properly scouted a scrappy white guy with better than average speed. They may be on to something.

  51. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:42 PM

    Packer fans tend to be a lot more worldly, and are generally much more sophisticated than lowly Viking fans.

  52. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 19, 2016 7:44 PM

    Janis Joplin would do a better job. And she’d sing Piece Of My Heart. Now that’s my kinda girl.

  53. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:46 PM

    Most Viking fans blame that missed kick on Packer fans – as if it were as simple as us willing it wide left!

  54. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Jan 19, 2016 7:46 PM

    There you have it, folks! Jeff Janis is Randy Moss! I was wondering how long it would take for someone to go off the deep end. Didn’t really take that long.
    ================
    I was expecting even a Vikings fan to be smarter than that, but obviously not.

    Randy Moss caught a million hail mary jump balls in Minnesota. It was his major game because he wasn’t that great of a route runner. But the commenter stated that those are considered flukes. So I guess that means most of Randy’s career production was based on a fluke. Right?

  55. stellarperformance says: Jan 19, 2016 7:51 PM

    The Viking trolls all know I’m right. Every one of them wants to “put us in our place,” from all the years of domination. They want revenge and were not responding. Now that they’ve won the North Division and nobody cares, they’re angry and resentful.

    They show up with negative comments on every single Packer thread instead of commenting positively on Viking threads…….because it’s more important to them. Go back and read how many showed up on just this story.

    Proof positive.

  56. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Jan 19, 2016 7:52 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe they properly scouted a scrappy white guy with better than average speed. They may be on to something.
    —————
    I’d say a 4.37 40 time might be slightly more than “better than average”.

  57. jimnsota says: Jan 19, 2016 7:56 PM

    Erin to Janis has a tough guy appeal to it.

  58. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Jan 19, 2016 8:00 PM

    Erin to Janis has a tough guy appeal to it.
    ————-
    Kinda like Teddy to Coradarelle. Oh wait…..that draft bust doesn’t even see the field at WR.

  59. paulieorkid says: Jan 19, 2016 8:00 PM

    There’s been a little buzz surrounding Janis that pre-dated this entire season. He’s pretty damned good.

  60. stellarperformance says: Jan 19, 2016 8:01 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:46 PM
    Most Viking fans blame that missed kick on Packer fans – as if it were as simple as us willing it wide left!
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////

    You know something? You’re exactly right. They need somebody to blame for wasting a division title and leaving them with nothing more than dumbfounded angst. They chose us. Of course!

  61. contra74 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:02 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:51 PM
    The Viking trolls all know I’m right. Every one of them wants to “put us in our place,” from all the years of domination. They want revenge and were not responding. Now that they’ve won the North Division and nobody cares, they’re angry and resentful.

    They show up with negative comments on every single Packer thread instead of commenting positively on Viking threads…….because it’s more important to them. Go back and read how many showed up on just this story.

    Proof positive.
    ———-
    Wow, you really do create magical worlds in your mind and believe they are reality dont you. I genuinely look forward to your posts because they are so fantasy filled that I get a good kick out of them. I sit back and say to myself “so that’s what simple people do every day”. Enjoy your day, don’t break any crayons.

  62. jjclark28 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:02 PM

    They drafted Donald driver in the seventh round too and look what kind of career he had. I’ve watched this guy in the pre-season the las t two years and he definitely has talent. He’s shined catching passes from the packs backup QBs.

  63. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 19, 2016 8:03 PM

    Any of you Packer fans want to comment on Janis?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if PFT had a rule that weirdos from teams that have never won a World Championship or conference winning trophy cannot post until they have a conference winning trophy?

  64. pkrlvr says: Jan 19, 2016 8:19 PM

    More Vikings fans commenting on this story than packer fans. Such sad lil fellas they are. And they try to say we are just as bad but all the Viking stories get 15-20 comments, while the packer stories get 15-20 just from ariani/Cody . You throw in contra/Dahmer/leather and that’s 75% of the post on all packer stories.

  65. milwaukeeguy says: Jan 19, 2016 8:20 PM

    If he can get a better grasp of the offense and improve his route running then, yeah, they may have a really WR on their hands. In the meantime Abrederis is the better WR.

  66. autumnwind999 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:23 PM

    I drafted Janis in every fantasy league waiting for him to break out. Finally happened … in week 18.

  67. Stefan Can Ya Digg It??? says: Jan 19, 2016 8:26 PM

    OK Packer fans….yes, you got us.

    We are jealous of the Packers and it’s the reason we hate you and your team. Because you have what we want and can never seem to get. I don’t think that’s a huge revelation as to why we are jealous. It’s pretty common sense.

    But you don’t always have to be so mean spirited about it here. It gets really old. Just ignore the couple of Viking trolls here and everything would be fine. You are just as much to blame by feeding them.

  68. NinersRule says: Jan 19, 2016 8:35 PM

    Short answer: Yes.

  69. igocommando says: Jan 19, 2016 8:37 PM

    Good for Janis. Happy for the young guy to get a chance to show his stuff. I believe a better title for this story should be stumbled on a gem.

  70. igocommando says: Jan 19, 2016 8:44 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jan 19, 2016 8:19 PM

    More Vikings fans commenting on this story than packer fans. Such sad lil fellas they are. And they try to say we are just as bad but all the Viking stories get 15-20 comments, while the packer stories get 15-20 just from ariani/Cody . You throw in contra/Dahmer/leather and that’s 75% of the post on all packer stories.
    ……..
    15-20 comments on a Viking story? Holy Mackerel, whatever you’re smoking is gonna kill you son. Quit now while you’re still considered “Dull”.

  71. twiddlemylobes says: Jan 19, 2016 9:01 PM

    Janis has 100% earned his right to be more involved. I could see him putting on 15-20 and moving to TE

  72. smedley61 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:45 PM

    “In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:27 PM
    h0metownzero says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:11 PM

    Tremendous speed. Tremendous special teams player. Very good hands. Adequate adjusting to the ball. Borderline terrible route runner. If he fixes that, he’ll play.
    ______

    You just described Cordarrelle Patterson.”

    And it only cost Green Bay a 7th round draft pick. Not a 1st.

  73. squared80 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:48 PM

    Nope. Next question.

  74. thereyougo2 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:51 PM

    Janis is prof McCarthy should be let go.

  75. ohand16 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:56 PM

    Hey Viking and Packer fans…get a room already!

  76. smedley61 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:57 PM

    “And it only cost Green Bay a 7th round draft pick. Not a 1st.”

    Should clarify, a second, third, fourth and seventh round pick since the 1st was acquired in a trade.

  77. thereyougo2 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:07 PM

    What’s with a good pro receiver has to run a great route? Doesn’t a great receiver get great catching a ton of passes especially in the end zone. Only the talking heads demand a great route. QBs and coaches want results and don’t care if it’s a strait line or zig zag.

  78. monetdali says: Jan 19, 2016 10:37 PM

    Charles Johnson 2.0

  79. absodefinitely says: Jan 19, 2016 11:03 PM

    Packers fans on a Packers post mentioning the Vikings more than their newfound gem that had 2 catches all season. Seems like a lot of you guys obsess over the Vikings and suffer from a complex known as not having a life. It’s okay,Jordy Nelson will be back next year to help your defense not get demolished by one WR in OT.

  80. vikingjack73 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:11 PM

    Only Packers fans can believe that a player who has ONE good game in two seasons is a “gem”!!

    Lol

    Packers fans forget (or don’t want to admit) they CHOKED the NFC North title away! Started 6-0 & finished 4-6..which should have been 3-7 except the LiOne don’t know how to defend the Hail Mary

    But MN did!

    Outside of the 2010 postseason, the Packers are just 3-6 with A-Rod at QB! 3-6!!! Seriously ?? And he’s the best QB in the NFL??

    They blamed the refs for not calling a few pass interferences
    They blamed the refs for not overturning Fitzgerald’s catch
    They blamed the OT rules

    Good God!
    Blame your defense for CHOKING at the most critical moment!
    Just like you cheese-lovers blamed the Vikings for choking away the Seattle game, blame your defense for blowing ANOTHER 4th quarter lead in a postseason game!

    Hahahahahahahahhahahahaha!!!!!!!!

  81. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 19, 2016 11:28 PM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:46 PM

    Randy Moss caught a million hail mary jump balls in Minnesota. It was his major game because he wasn’t that great of a route runner. But the commenter stated that those are considered flukes. So I guess that means most of Randy’s career production was based on a fluke. Right?
    ___________

    First, let me know when Jeff Janis catches his one millionth hail mary, and then I’ll admit he’s just like Randy Moss.

    Second, Moss may not have been the most versatile route runner of all time, but he did a lot more than catch jump balls. He was able to get open a time or two.

  82. PokeSalad says: Jan 19, 2016 11:42 PM

    So, is it:

    Diggs>Janis

    or

    Diggs<Janis?

  83. givejanisachance says: Jan 19, 2016 11:49 PM

    Janis is a stellar coverage guy on special teams with elite athletic measurables. He appears to be a hard worker but is taking some time to adjust from division 3 to the pro game. Out jumping Patrick Peterson for a 41 yard touchdown to tie a playoff game in the 4th quarter is an indication of his upside. The kid still has a long way to go but I think he’ll get there. I just wish the packers had found a way to use his obvious talents earlier.

  84. angrylionsfan says: Jan 20, 2016 12:03 AM

    I’ve been listening to Packers fans lobby for him getting some playing time all season long. I have no idea why they insisted on continuing to throw it at Adams so he could drop it constantly.

  85. jessethegreat says: Jan 20, 2016 12:15 AM

    The hypocrisy of you inbreeds over there in Minnetonka astonishes me.

    Vikings won division and lose in wild card round

    -best team ever
    -our division from now until forever and ever
    -win with a qb that is a detriment to winning yet you still claim he’s the second coming of Fran
    -your receivers put up garbage numbers yet you trash the packers injured receiving corps when they had statistically better numbers than your players.
    -diggs = best player in all of football while jones = old washed up has been whose less than 1/2 the wr of diggs while jones statistically dwarfed all of diggs counting statistics

    While you claim the packers choke for advancing to the divisional round and losing to a higher seed on the road, your team chewed on the win for a while, but spit it back out and gave it to the 6th seed at home.

  86. rjm86 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:39 AM

    OK, packer fan here, Janis is no gem, he cant run routes correctly or on time. All he can do is run the fly or hail mary, he is modern day forrest gump

  87. hrmlss says: Jan 20, 2016 12:48 AM

    More than likely we cut him. He’ll be the Viking’s “big”” free agent signing , and catch 20 passes for 2 touch downs. All for 15 million a year.

  88. mutantman87 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:30 AM

    They probably did. I think Janis is raw and needed some polish and reps. 6’3″ guys who can run a 4.3 40 yard dash like him don’t grow on trees. When he becomes a better receiver, look out, because the physical ability is there.

  89. saxmachine69 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:55 AM

    didnt we have this same discussion about chris matthews after the superbowl last year? one game does not equal gem

  90. shepwp1 says: Jan 20, 2016 6:43 AM

    No uncovered gem- MM and AR just had a hard on for Janis cuz he didn’t run crisp routes so they decided to penalize him, the team and fans by not letting him play instead of playing to Janis’ strengths. MM’s stubbornness rears its ugly head again.

  91. kitz626 says: Jan 20, 2016 8:39 AM

    h0metownzero
    Jan 19, 2016, 5:11 PM CST
    Tremendous speed. Tremendous special teams player. Very good hands. Adequate adjusting to the ball. Borderline terrible route runner. If he fixes that, he’ll play.

    Corderrell Patterson 2

  92. zjpz02 says: Jan 20, 2016 9:22 AM

    A younger version of Jordy Nelson, just needs time.

  93. lindacaseauthor says: Jan 20, 2016 9:30 AM

    I don’t think too many people are looking at this game realistically. I’ve been watching Cards games all year, recording them weekly on Sunday Ticket, and the team did not play very well on Saturday. Carson Palmer wasn’t effective until that last brilliant play and the D was sluggish. Nerves seemed to be the problem. So before we crown Janis as the next best thing, I’d like to see him play Arizona when they are their true destructive selves. Not an accurate assessment, in my opinion.

  94. toolkien says: Jan 20, 2016 9:41 AM

    All this proves is TT supplies the potency and MM doesn’t know what to do with it.

    It’s funny how, when people say it’s time for MM to go, it’s the players out there who need to make plays and it’s not his fault. And yet assistant coaches are getting canned left and right. Why doesn’t that “it’s the players on the field’s fault” when it comes to assistants? And we’ve pealed off layers of assistants in the past too in response to failure. The time has come the cut the dead wood a little higher. It’s like the Brewers a few years ago. The Manager stayed while – for three years running – assistant coaches were scapegoated. Eventually it got Roenicke. You can scapegoat only so long before the Big Guy’s head is on the block. Another year of one and done come the playoffs and MM should be gone – that is he should be placed on a hot seat next year and if the Packers aren’t all up arrows at the bye, the beginning of the end of the MM era should commence. Too much overall talent to get so little results.

    And, yes, the level of injuries are on MM too so I don’t want to hear that excuse. The Packers under MM are too out of shape and get a lot injuries due to lack of conditioning and training. Fire all the assistants you want, at some point the problem is at the head of the table.

  95. Teddy BustH20's House of Noodles says: Jan 20, 2016 10:29 AM

    Outside of the 2010 postseason, the Packers are just 3-6 with A-Rod at QB! 3-6!!! Seriously ?? And he’s the best QB in the NFL??
    —————-
    Outside of that one season the Vikings won a Champion, they have choked away every single playoff game in history. A couple of Wide Left’s, a 41-0 epic beatdown, a Bert Favre pass. Oh wait….there isn’t that “one season”….was there?

    0-50

  96. ariani1985 says: Jan 20, 2016 10:46 AM

    Little history lesson for you packer turds, who has an 0-7 over time record? Wouldn’t happen to be little erin Rogers would it?
    Thought so!!!

  97. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Jan 20, 2016 11:43 AM

    codythao35 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:28 PM
    I doubt Nelson will be the same. And what a waste paying Cobbs 10 mil. Wow, this is why Packers choking continues. Becuz next men up are just trash.
    ______________________
    How could you doubt Nelson will be the same. All indications are he will be 100%. His surgeon, himself, the rehab all say way ahead of schedule. With Nelson the Vikings have no shot at the North. Enjoy the one year you won it because of injury.

  98. rho1953 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:39 PM

    I have been anxious to see what Janis can do all season. Disappointing that he wasn’t thrown into the fire early in the season and allowed to grow in time to make the playoff push.

  99. drewser43 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:50 PM

    if you wanna play the injury card, the vikes had Sullivan and Loadholt out for the season, not to mention the 3 best defensive players out for a good chunk of the season also. Every team deals with injuries so I don’t buy that, try again! Just plain annoys me when ever the packers lose a game, there is always an excuse. #entitlementtown

    Janis could be a good role player for the Pack. When you have a future HOF qb, they can make any mediocre WR look better than he really is. A gem? No. But a decent role player aka WR3or4? yes.

  100. Teddy BustH20's House of Noodles says: Jan 20, 2016 1:14 PM

    A gem? No. But a decent role player aka WR3or4? yes.
    —————–
    First of all any player that even cracks the starting lineup as a 7th round pick is a gem. He has a few things going for him that you cannot teach that give him a lot of upside. He runs in the 4.3’s and is 6’3. He’s a DII prospect, so he should not be a finished product. Donald Driver was a 7th round pick who took a few years to develop. His career turned out pretty well. Janis has all the physical tools to have a shot and has shown he can do it on a limited basis.

    Hopefully he doesn’t end up being the next Corduroy Patterson though.

  101. frank booth says: Jan 20, 2016 3:03 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Jan 20, 2016 9:30 AM

    I don’t think too many people are looking at this game realistically. I’ve been watching Cards games all year, recording them weekly on Sunday Ticket, and the team did not play very well on Saturday. Carson Palmer wasn’t effective until that last brilliant play and the D was sluggish. Nerves seemed to be the problem. So before we crown Janis as the next best thing, I’d like to see him play Arizona when they are their true destructive selves. Not an accurate assessment, in my opinion.
    ==================================
    Same with the Seahawks when they only beat the Vikings by a point in the playoff game. The cold was a huge factor, and Wilson and the Seahawks offense never got untracked.

  102. purplepackerhater says: Jan 21, 2016 3:36 PM

    Janis, like the rest of the Packer wr’s are made of glass, can’t catch and can’t run a 40 in under a fortnight. Cut the whole wr corps and start over if you want to reduce your multi-decade slide into mediocrity down to just a single decade.

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