All the talk yesterday was about the loss of Greg Jennings … certainly a blow to the undefeated Green Bay Packers. It’s difficult to lose the top yards producer from the lineup and not be concerned.
However, there are two bits of information that everyone seems to be overlooking … first, the Packers are built to absorb this type of loss and secondly, the silver lining is that two other players, Chad Clifton and Josh Sitton, are nearing comebacks.
With Jennings’ loss, the Packers have lost a dynamic individual. Not only does he produce on the field, but he’s the soul of the team, the spiritual leader who not only guides by example, but is an inspiration to all.
That’s not replaceable.
What is replaceable for the Packers is the body … and the Packers not only have individuals at the position who can step in, but will most likely produce when called upon. Most notably, this will give James Jones and rookie Randall Cobb more snaps from the line of scrimmage.
Though Jones has been nearly invisible in some games this year, he has also come through huge in a couple of others. Will this opportunity be enough to allow him to again shine?
We think so.
In addition, rookie Cobb has shown us small glimpses of what’s possible. The final three games may also be the opportunity he has been waiting for to show what he’s made of. From every obstacle comes the opportunity to overcome and shine. This will be the case with Jennings’ loss.
We look forward to seeing Jones and Cobb step to the forefront.
In addition, it was also announced that Josh Sitton and Chad Clifton could be very near returning. While Marshall Newhouse and Evan Dietrich-Smith have performed well in their absence, we feel the return of these starting offensive linemen will only deepen an already deep pool of talent on the offensive line for the Packers … a much-needed commodity … especially with the playoffs just around the corner.
So, while the news about Jennings is disappointing, this other news about the possible return of two huge links in the offensive line at least softens the blow.