Today’s announcement that Greg Jennings is the top-ranked wide receiver among the free agents hitting the market next month will have him sitting squarely in the driver’s seat when choosing among the many suitors who are bound to come knocking on his door.
Pro Football Focus (PFF) ranked all the available players ready to hit the market and Jennings came out on top – a fact that probably doesn’t surprise Packers Nation fans who have been watching him tear up secondaries for several years.
Here’s what PFF had to say about Jennings:
Arguably the most complete receiver available, but one coming off some injury concerns. Jennings has speed to burn and is one of the slickest route runners in the league. He is equally at home inside in the slot as he is out wide, and there isn’t a route in the tree he can’t run. While other receivers in this list are best suited to certain offensive systems, there isn’t a system that Jennings wouldn’t fit.
The key, of course, for Jennings is convincing those who come calling that he can hold up physically. The past two years, Jennings has suffered injuries. In 2011, he missed several games with a knee injury and then this past season he suffered a groin injury in the first game of the season and required surgery. He came back to the Packers in early December and was very effective the last month of the year. By year’s end, he had caught 36 balls for 366 yards and a 10.2 yard average. The downside to those stats was that he caught only four touchdowns in 2012.
In 96 games played over seven years with the Packers, Jennings started 86 of them, catching 425 passes for 6,537 yards and a 15.4 yard-per-catch average. He caught 53 touchdowns, with his longest being 86 yards. He averaged 4.4 catches per-game for an average of 68.1 yards. Over those seven years, Jennings fumbled just five times.
- Greg Jennings is a burner who will continue to slice up secondaries.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph
Those are pretty impressive numbers for the 30-year-old. It’s no wonder he’s considered number one among the rest of the field.
Here is PFF’s complete ranking list:
1. Greg Jennings
2. Wes Welker
3. Dwayne Bowe
4. Mike Wallace
5. Danny Amendola
6. Brian Hartline
7. Brandon Gibson
8. Domenik Hixon
9. Randy Moss
10. Johnny Knox
Knox has retired and I feel there will be little interest in Randy Moss, though there will most likely be some team who will sign “the greatest.”
A Greg Jennings career highlight video