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Packers still don’t know what they have in Jeff Janis

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Packers receiver Jeff Janis showed during a postseason loss to Arizona that he knows how to jump up and catch a Hail Mary pass. The Packers now want to see what else he can do.

“I like to look at Jeff as kind of an ascending Green Bay Packer,” coach Mike McCarthy said last week at the Scouting Combine, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I look at his years, I think you look for a guy to take a jump in his second year, and clearly, you look at his rookie year — very raw, raw player. He made the 53 on potential, not on performance.”

The performance wasn’t there on special teams early last season, but Janis improved. He’s also improving in his ability to run routes and catch passes.

“[Janis had] particularly a difficult time catching the ball over his shoulder,” McCarthy said. “He kind of has a stiffness there, and [receivers coach] Luke [Getsy], he took that on about Week Seven there after the bye week, and you could see him improve. He just needs things like that. You only get so much time with your players compared to prior years, but I’m hoping he takes another big step.”

Janis took his first big step against the Cardinals, with seven receptions for 145 yards.

“[T]here were just a lot of things, when he does them, they’re for the first time,” McCarthy said. “Hopefully we’re out of that phase of his development. I look for Jeff to take that next step.”

If he does, and if Jordy Nelson is healthy, the Packers could once again have one of the best receiving corps in the league. And the Packers could avoid some of the struggles they had after starting last season 6-0, and then finishing it 4-6.

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51 Responses to “Packers still don’t know what they have in Jeff Janis”
  1. mropinionguy says: Mar 3, 2016 5:59 AM

    They know they have a better WR than any of those scrubs on the Vikings LOL! WIDE LEFT!

  2. uglydingo says: Mar 3, 2016 6:01 AM

    Maybe he’s not very good.

  3. mropinionguy says: Mar 3, 2016 6:01 AM

    He’d easily be the number one option on that pathetic Vikings team, probably their best kicker as well!

  4. smedley61 says: Mar 3, 2016 6:34 AM

    Jeff Janis is a beast on Special Teams.

  5. vikingjack73 says: Mar 3, 2016 6:46 AM

    Yeah Packers fans, two Hail Mary catches is not a career make

    Just love how most Pack fans went bezerk thinking they had something special with Janis after the AZ game

    Subtract those two miracle catches & his stats were pretty pedestrian that day

  6. tokyogasblaster says: Mar 3, 2016 7:08 AM

    Smoke,mirrors and refs is what this team depends on…

  7. whatjusthapped says: Mar 3, 2016 7:23 AM

    Its real simple, the Packers will carry 6 WR’s again in 2016 and Janis will be one of the 6. He is a special teams contributor in 2 areas, gunner on punts and a kick off returner, doing an above average job on both. As for WR, this will play out over the course of the season, some of the 6 will play well and get more playing time, the others will bide their time waiting for their opportunity. This is considered to be a good problem to have.

    As opposed to our red headed step child to the West that the Packers have beaten 10 times out of the last 13, they have a classic under achiever in an over paid Wallace and a first round bust in Flush Patterson who can only return kicks. I would agree that having a good kick off returner is a positive, I’m just wouldn’t trade away 3 draft picks to move into the first round to grab one.

  8. gtodriver says: Mar 3, 2016 7:46 AM

    A year ago, after Adams had a 7 catch game in the playoffs, Packer fans were all excited about him “taking the next step”.

    Now he’s chopped liver.

    This year, after Janis nearly doubles his career (2 seasons – 4 total regular season catches) reception numbers with a 7 catch game in a losing effort in the playoffs, Packer fans are once again being primed for disappointment.

  9. ariani1985 says: Mar 3, 2016 8:46 AM

    One thing we do know is that the packers can’t win OT playoff games!

  10. binkystevens says: Mar 3, 2016 8:56 AM

    Guy might be the best gunner in the league. Constantly beats double teams

  11. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 3, 2016 9:02 AM

    Well we know one thing…….as a 7th round pick, he’s a WAY better WR as the guy the Vikings wasted all those picks on to trade up into the 1st round to pick Corduroy Patterson.

  12. wheezerswin says: Mar 3, 2016 9:12 AM

    Hopefully the Packers can stay healthy. All those injuries last season gave the division to a very sub par team. The Vikes get the gift of a lifetime and they choke out for one/done.

  13. stevedenetz says: Mar 3, 2016 9:46 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 3, 2016 8:46 AM

    One thing we do know is that the packers can’t win OT playoff games!
    …………………………………………………………………..

    talk to us after a season that the queens advance further in the playoffs than the packers do. WIDE LEFT!!!!!!!
    now to the article. the kid is a monster on special teams and if he could get a chance to see action with a healthy nelson, a healthy cobb and a healthy Montgomery there should be passes for him to catch. he has the size and the speed, now just catch the ball when it comes your way

  14. vikingsandvikingsfanssuck says: Mar 3, 2016 9:47 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 3, 2016 8:46 AM
    One thing we do know is that the packers can’t win OT playoff games!

    ——————————————————————-
    The other thing we know is Vikings cant win a playoff game period, we love your kicker, LOL

  15. stellarperformance says: Mar 3, 2016 9:50 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 3, 2016 8:46 AM
    One thing we do know is that the packers can’t win OT playoff games!
    /////////////////////////////////////////////

    Well, number one, that’s not true. They’ve earned overtime victories in the postseason over Seattle and Baltimore. More recently, they’ve never touched the ball in OT playoff games.

    In any case, it’s not as bad as failing in postseason playoff games altogether, is it?

    I mean, the Vikings hold the all-time league-wide pre- or -post merger record for postseason futility. If they continue to qualify for postseason play, which may be likely, they have to win four Super Bowls in a row before any other team can come close to tying their exclusive record. And you call the Packers out? That’s a stretch. You’re calling out the team with the most championships in the history of the NFL, while supporting a team with the most losses, ever, in the postseason. Can you see the disconnect?

    “Wide Left” is the new and well-earned nickname for the Vikings. It confirms their loser status in the postseason.

    Viking trolls …..err “fans,” have not come close to earning the right to mock another team in the postseason. The Vikings own the postseason loser title, and they will continue to own it for many many years to come.

    Eat it and enjoy.

  16. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 3, 2016 9:54 AM

    “I like to look at Jeff as kind of an ascending Green Bay Packer,”
    —————————
    As opposed to Lacy as kind of a protruding Green Bay Packer.

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 3, 2016 10:03 AM

    I heard Rodgers didn’t like him. They must have kissed and made up.

  18. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 3, 2016 10:17 AM

    If only GTOdriver could educate us some more with his wisdom. Me thinks he’s still feeling bad about Corduroy being a bust and Wallace being a bust of a trade. Adams was hurt for most of the year and never fully recovered.

  19. axespray says: Mar 3, 2016 10:17 AM

    Vikings have 1 playoff win since passing on Rodgers in the 05 draft, yet their doofus fans trash on his playoff record (never mind that he actually won a Super bowl, unlike the Vikings).

  20. kvnhlstd says: Mar 3, 2016 10:21 AM

    “As opposed to Lacy as kind of a protruding Green Bay Packer”.

    ___________________________________

    Somebody did not see the pic Tony Horton posted of Eddy yesterday… He is looking lean, unlike of weak sisters to the west… their QB is playing madden football to better learn defenses still.

  21. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 3, 2016 10:22 AM

    Jeff is on his own. Big Mike doesn’t know how to coach.

  22. kvnhlstd says: Mar 3, 2016 10:27 AM

    If only GTOdriver could educate us some more with his wisdom. Me thinks he’s still feeling bad about Corduroy being a bust and Wallace being a bust of a trade. Adams was hurt for most of the year and never fully recovered.

    ____________________________________

    And to add to this… the Viking fans are posting on an article about our 5th, 6th or 7th receiver on the roster… depending if we keep Jones.

    Think about that. Adams will still be our #3, but our last two are better than the top two Vikings bust recievers, and for millions less.

  23. ariani1985 says: Mar 3, 2016 10:40 AM

    Who is going to be the first troll to bring up the facts that Rodgers has ZERO OT victories?

  24. mropinionguy says: Mar 3, 2016 11:15 AM

    One thing we know is that the Vikings can’t win ANY playoff games!

  25. stellarperformance says: Mar 3, 2016 11:34 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 3, 2016 10:40 AM
    Who is going to be the first troll to bring up the facts that Rodgers has ZERO OT victories?
    //////////////////////////////////

    Who is this? Is that you Wide Left?

  26. stellarperformance says: Mar 3, 2016 11:50 AM

    Back in the seventies and eighties, the Packers gave the Vikings more opportunities for success in the postseason than can be listed here. The Packers still played them head to head during that time, 15-14, 14-15 respectively. The Vikings blew it, every time, just like this year. Instead, they now have the record for postseason futility. If the Vikings can’t capitalize in the postseason when the Packers are down, they never will. The cannot stay with the Packers when the Packers are at full strength.

  27. purplepackerhater says: Mar 3, 2016 12:09 PM

    Notice how the packer fans are so scared of the Vikings that they post about them in their own thread that has nothing to do with the Vikings before ANY Viking fan posts?

    Or how all of your bragging and ragging is based on the PAST. I know you need to keep living there because your future is so bleak, but come up with something original.

    You’re all scared of the Vikings….and you should be.

  28. boondockstlrssaint says: Mar 3, 2016 12:49 PM

    Firstly, it’s actually comical how the (Vikings) trolls come out for anything GB related. Serious comment… I enjoy reading the vitriol, even without a bias either way.
    Secondly… Yes, I’m a homer, but it needs to be stated that my Steelers have the best WR crew in the league. AB is second to none, and the depth behind him rivals most any other team’s #1.
    Thank you, and have a nice day🙂

  29. ariani1985 says: Mar 3, 2016 12:57 PM

    Look at the bright side packer stock holders, if you win the first 3 games next year we will let you be our rivals again!

  30. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 3, 2016 1:28 PM

    Tony Horton? Lacy will not be able to sustain that fad exercise program, even if was not designed for only 90 days and he will be back at home where he is most comfortable by training camp. Tim Horton’s.

  31. frank booth says: Mar 3, 2016 1:38 PM

    The Vikings’ bright future always becomes the Vikings’ bleak past.

  32. frank booth says: Mar 3, 2016 1:38 PM

    The Vikings’ bright future always becomes the Vikings’ bleak past.

  33. gtodriver says: Mar 3, 2016 1:41 PM

    Stellar obviously doesn’t understand the meaning of playoff futility.

    The Vikings have more playoff wins than the majority of NFL franchises.

    That includes several teams that have been in the league DECADES longer than the Vikes.

    Stellar should be embarrassed for his own squad not having the most playoff wins, since no tram has been around longer.

    Kind of puts those “13 championships” into question.

    Dallas, an expansion team, has more playoff wins.

    Another expansion team, San Francisco, has just as many as the Packers.

    Playoff futility would be a combination of failing to make the playoffs, or going DECADES without a playoff win after a full regulation season.

    Both are examples that bring the Packers into the forefront of playoff futility.

  34. sgtcook1959 says: Mar 3, 2016 2:19 PM

    The Packers know what they have in Nelson and Cobb, but the others are the others are still a bit of an unknown. Adams showed flashes, but injuries have been a concern. The same applies to Montgomery and Abbrederis, flashes but unable to stay on the field for an entire season. Janis has proven to be useful on special teams and in the return game. If he can improve his route running, he has the speed to stretch the other side of the field in a five man receiver Package. Jones was useful last year, yet age is catching up to him, so he may not have a future with the team. What the Packers really need is that big tight end with the speed to stretch the middle of the field and that has been missing since the loss of Finley.

  35. shaggytoodle says: Mar 3, 2016 2:43 PM

    While he did have a VERY good playoff game, last year vs. the Cowboys Davatne Adams did the same, and people thought he was going to take the next step and unfortunetly he was unrealiable this year.

    This is one of the issues that signing James Jones, brought about, instead of finding out what Janis could do (there were clearly trust issues with Janis and Rodgers) they brought someone who knew the system, and played with Rodgers before.

    Jones will probably be gone next sesaon and hopefully the WRs can stay healthy I want to see how Jordy can bounce back, and I REALLY want to see what Ty Montgomery. He looked VERY comfortable in the offense before his injury.

  36. h0metownzero says: Mar 3, 2016 4:36 PM

    Janis is more proof that Ted is the best in the business.

  37. gtodriver says: Mar 3, 2016 6:40 PM

    h0metownzero says:

    Janis is more proof that Ted is the best in the business.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Targeted 13 times with only 4 receptions in 2 full regular seasons with the team?

    Your standards are low for “best in the business”…

  38. gtodriver says: Mar 3, 2016 6:59 PM

    Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:

    Well we know one thing…….as a 7th round pick, he’s a WAY better WR as the guy the Vikings wasted all those picks on to trade up into the 1st round to pick Corduroy Patterson.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Well, as a WR, I will agree that so far CP has been a bust.

    But just how do you figure that JJ is a better WR? Or KR? Or football player?

    JJ has 4 catches in his first 2 seasons. CP had 78 in 2 seasons.

    JJ has 14 KO returns for 406 yards and NO TD’s. CP had 77 KO returns for 2264 yards and 2 TD’s in 2 seasons.

    JJ has ZERO rushing attempts. CP had 22 carries for 275 yards in 2 seasons.

    If CP is a bust, what is JJ?

  39. packsupersoldier says: Mar 3, 2016 7:25 PM

    gtodriver

    Packers – 13 World Championships, Super Bowl named after the NFL’s best coach ever, greatest franchise in professional sports history.

    Minnesota – 0 Championships in the entire history of their futile dumpster fire of a franchise.

    Dat is all da people need to know.

  40. stellarperformance says: Mar 3, 2016 7:33 PM

    gtodriver……you’re missing the point. Again. Just like the lesson I gave you last week regarding Lacy and Peterson, this is about the potential long term value of a talented seventh round pick, versus a first round bust. It’s not about statistics.

  41. shaggytoodle says: Mar 3, 2016 7:37 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Mar 3, 2016 6:59 PM
    JJ has 4 catches in his first 2 seasons. CP had 78 in 2 seasons.
    JJ has 14 KO returns for 406 yards and NO TD’s. CP had 77 KO returns for 2264 yards and 2 TD’s in 2 seasons.
    JJ has ZERO rushing attempts. CP had 22 carries for 275 yards in 2 seasons.
    If CP is a bust, what is JJ?
    ______________

    He’s a project player…
    So was Patterson the difference is the Vikings traded up their 2 3 4 draft picks sacrificing depth which is why they were pretty thin in places like Oline. Janis however was drafted over 200 picks later…And Packer fans never crowned him the next Jerrandy Mossrice.

    That’s what happens when teams trade all that to get a person in the first round it’s called expectations… and Patterson hasn’t lived anywhere near up to him… and any Viking fan will tell you that.

  42. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 3, 2016 8:18 PM

    Hey Mr. Telekinesis I have a question for you. What does it look like in a Bear’s thread here at PTF? Because I have absolutely no idea whatsoever what is like in a Bear’s thread. Wait. Actually do not bother answering. I really don’t care

  43. frank booth says: Mar 3, 2016 8:41 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Mar 3, 2016 1:41 PM

    Stellar obviously doesn’t understand the meaning of playoff futility.

    The Vikings have more playoff wins than the majority of NFL franchises.

    That includes several teams that have been in the league DECADES longer than the Vikes.

    Stellar should be embarrassed for his own squad not having the most playoff wins, since no tram has been around longer.

    Kind of puts those “13 championships” into question.

    Dallas, an expansion team, has more playoff wins.

    Another expansion team, San Francisco, has just as many as the Packers.

    Playoff futility would be a combination of failing to make the playoffs, or going DECADES without a playoff win after a full regulation season.

    Both are examples that bring the Packers into the forefront of playoff futility.
    ==================================There were no playoffs between 1933 and the late 60’s. Just one championship games between 2 division winners.

    Between 1970 and 1977, there were more playoff games played than between 1933 and 1970. And that was before they went to 10 teams in 1978, and then 12 in 1990.

    Since the Vikings came in the league, the Packers are 29-18 in playoff games. 3 NFL Championships, 4 Super Bowl victories.

    The Vikings are 19-28.

    Playoff futility?

  44. hrmlss says: Mar 3, 2016 9:51 PM

    Janis is a work in progress, Adams may get traded, draft day, And the moron Vike fan who said Janis caught 2 Hail Marys, Janis had 1, Abbredaris had 1, and Rodgers 1. The only link in the three is the Stud QB.

  45. shaggytoodle says: Mar 3, 2016 11:16 PM

    Janis in the playoffs had one play that went for 60 yards and a TD.

    As a WR Patterson has gone over 60 yards three times in his CAREER.

    Janis has 2 Pro Bowl WRs in front of him, Patterson had no one… Patterson may go on to be a KR… but its pretty clear his WR days and maybe career in Minnesota are done.

  46. gtodriver says: Mar 4, 2016 8:23 AM

    stellarperformance says:

    gtodriver……you’re missing the point. Again. Just like the lesson I gave you last week regarding Lacy and Peterson, this is about the potential long term value of a talented seventh round pick, versus a first round bust. It’s not about statistics.
    *****************

    As usual, your reading comprehension is lacking. You’ve never given me a lesson – as you can’t comprehend your own information.

    My response was to a post by one of your fan boys that claimed that Janis was BETTER than Patterson.

    I openly admitted that I consider Patterson a bust. But he’s shown so much more in the NFL than Janis – for anyone to claim that Janis IS better than Patterson is ludicrous.

    Of course, we are talking about Packer fan opinions here, so ludicrous is a normal standard.

  47. gtodriver says: Mar 4, 2016 8:35 AM

    frank booth says:

    There were no playoffs between 1933 and the late 60’s. Just one championship games between 2 division winners.
    **************************

    Frank

    Do you know anything about football?

    A championship game is a playoff game. So by your own words – playoff games started in 1933 (I knew that).

    In 1950, the Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Giants in the Divsional round to earn the right to play the Rams for the Championship.

    How wrong can one man be?

    And just to pile on about playoff futility towards you as an alleged Bear fan – the Vikings have more playoff wins than the Bears – even though the Bears had a 40 year headstart.

    Like the Packers – the Bears have gone more than a decade without makeing the playoffs much longer than that without a playoff win.

    But the Packers 25+ years without a single playoff victory after a full regulation season is an NFL record…😀

  48. bordner says: Mar 4, 2016 12:35 PM

    But the Packers 25+ years without a single playoff victory after a full regulation season is an NFL record…
    ————————-
    Nowhere nearly as impressive as the vikings’ record – of the 4 major North American sports leagues, they are the team that has been around the longest (50+ years!) without having won the championship of their sport at least once…🙂

    Talk about futility!

  49. stellarperformance says: Mar 4, 2016 12:40 PM

    gtodriver……the next time you feel compelled to brag about the number of times the Vikings have qualified for the playoffs, please be certain to subtract two games from 1987. It was a strike-shortened season, and those don’t count.

    Right? Your words, not mine.

  50. frank booth says: Mar 4, 2016 3:03 PM

    gtodriver-

    I didn’t think I needed to explain everything to you; I gave you some credit for having football knowledge- unfortunate that you would turn that on me. The playoff games prior to the Super Bowl era occurred when there was a tie in the division. It occurred 9 times in 34 seasons.

    Also, the Bears didn’t have a 40 year head start on the Vikings in playoffs. The playoffs started in 1933, so that would be 28 years.

    The Vikings have the most playoff losses by any team in the NFL- and nothing to show for it. Always the bride, never the bridesmaid. Which leaves their fans grasping for any silver linings they can find.

    I’m well aware of the Bears limitations, playoff records, etc. That’s why I don’t spout off too much about them. I also don’t make excuses for them or try to find little silver linings.

    But the fact remains that they, the Packers, Giants, and others laid the foundations and built the NFL so the Vikings could ride in on their accomplishments.

    Fact is, since the Vikings started in 1961, the Packers have a better playoff record in the same amount of games. 29-18 to 19-28. And they have 3 NFL Championships and 4 Super Bowl victories.

    So you’re telling me, that with the Packers going 25 years without a playoff victory, in the same era as the Vikings, that they have played as many playoff games, 10 more playoff wins and all those Super Bowl victories and championships.

    Wow! That’s quite an accomplishment for the Packers, and makes the Vikings look even worse.

    And with even less playoff appearances than the Vikings (but a better winning percentage) the Bears still have a Super Bowl victory and an NFL Championship in 1963 (and not the kind of NFL Championship where you subsequently lose the Super Bowl.

    It must be tough for the Vikings and their fans. All the talent wasted, all the opportunities blown, so many playoffs, such little payoff.

  51. stellarperformance says: Mar 4, 2016 4:06 PM

    purplepackerhater says:
    Mar 3, 2016 12:09 PM
    You’re all scared of the Vikings….and you should be.
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    I’m not scared and have no reason to be. Viking fans like to get drunk and pick fights. That’s all I know for certain.

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