By Brian Miller
Forget about the Green Bay Packers anemic running game, the bigger question is where are the wide receivers? Greg Jennings? Greg Jennings? Greg Jennings? Driver? Driver? Driver? Excuse me, I heard from a friend who heard from a friend…you get the picture, it’s like Ferris Buehler.
If you look on the NFL’s official stats page, you will have to actually scroll the wide receiver list all the way down to number 18 to find Greg Jennings and his 5 touchdown receptions. You will have to click over to page number two to find Donald Driver at 67, Jermichael Finley at 72, and James Jones at 78. Now with word that Donald Driver will miss this weekend, it makes you wonder how Aaron Rodgers is in the top 5 at his position. No really he is. Aaron Rodgers is 5th in the league in passing yards.
So who exactly is catching all of these passes?
It goes without saying that Rodgers is spreading the ball around but with that comes inconsistent play from your top guys. Case in point, James Jones who will take over Driver’s role this weekend against Dallas said “I need to be more consistent”. From the horses mouth. Even Greg Jennings has taken notice of Jones’ inconsistent play.
"“I talk to him about it all the time. He knows what he’s capable of getting done, but it’s a matter of getting it done,” Jennings said Wednesday. “The thing about JJ, he’s harder on himself than anybody in this room and in this building, quite frankly. I told him after the game, we were on the plane, and I said, ‘When you dropped that ball, I couldn’t even look at you. I was pissed.’ That’s how we are. We hold each other to a high standard of excellence. The bar is set high, and you either match that, or you exceed that. But you can’t fall short of that. That’s just not acceptable.”"
Driver was still on crutches when the Wednesday injury report came out so that puts James Jones front and center in Sunday prime-time. He will need to find that consistency going forward as Driver could experience hiccups all season long. With the bye-week approaching, the team will try and get healthy but they need to beat Dallas first and they need to find a way to get their WR’s more involved. The fact is that the GB offense is very good at staying in games but they are not managing the field as well as they should and inconsistent play that includes poorly run routes, poorly thrown balls, and dropped passes, don’t help at all.
For Jones, his play needs to improve. Behind him sits two youngsters ready to make a leap into that role if he fails. Jordy Nelson and Brett Swain. Nelson by the way is ranked 91st and Swain? I got tired of looking but Brandon Jackson and Andrew Quarles are ranked higher and they were in the 100’s. Tell me again how Rodgers is ranked 5th?