The time is now for Jeff Janis to emerge as a major role in the Green Bay Packers offense. The 2014, seventh round pick out of Saginaw Valley State will step into a career defining situation with the Packers offense in 2015 with the news that Jordy Nelson will miss the season with a torn ACL.The Packers have had some great receivers through the years. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Along with rookie Ty Montgomery, Janis is looking to move into an outside receiver spot, with Randall Cobb playing the slot and Davante Adams securing the other outside spot. Regardless, the Packers do run many four wide sets which will give Janis experience even if he is not seen as a featured receiver over Montgomery.
The new role will feature a tremendous leap for Janis who only played in 15 total snaps last season while catching two passes for a total of 16 yards. It is a realistic expectation to infer that Janis will be expected to be responsible for around 500 yards this season while his touchdown total will depend on the chemistry developed with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Janis draws multiple comparisons to Nelson with his size, speed, and athleticism. He is 6’3, 219 lbs and ran the 40 yard dash in 4.3 seconds coming out of college. Although he is not as refined as Nelson, he similar stature will help his potential tremendously.
Rodgers will play into that equation too, developing a similar chemistry with Janis on the field that will draw comparisons to Nelson. Rodgers has an ability to make receivers look outstanding at times will his ball placement, which Janis will benefit from heavily in 2015.
With Nelson going down, this gives Janis a huge opportunity to solidify his NFL future. Not many 7th round wide receivers are even able to make the team, where Janis has the ability to be one of the featured receivers on a Super Bowl championship contender. The strives he has already made in his young career are inspiring and are something to admire.
So the question now stands on if Janis is ready to step into a featured role on the Packers offense this season.? Can he make the transition of being a 7th round pick out of a division two school, to being an impact receiver on heavily favorited NFL team?
The fact of the matter is, he really doesn’t have a choice.