The Jeff Janis had been gradually building momentum ever since his name was announced as the Packers’ seventh round draft choice in 2014. Every catch he makes in training camp gets a loud cheer.
And while Janis didn’t spend much time on offense in 2015, he made the most of his opportunities. His biggest impact came on special teams, where the second-year man dominated as the gunner on punt coverage. Janis used his speed to burst down the sideline and meet the return man moments after catching the football.
Janis’ performances on special teams will ensure he’s certainly apart of the roster moving forward. The question is whether he can become a bigger piece to the Packers’ offensive puzzle.
Janis has a lot going for him. He’s 6-foot-3, is an incredible athlete with lightning speed and an excellent vertical leap. Holding him back in 2015 was his route running and chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. Fans wanted to see more of him on offense, but lazy routes prevented him from becoming a regular.
Of course, his game in the divisional round was fun to watch. Promoted due to injuries, Janis caught seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns including two highlight reel catches at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime. The Hail Mary catch over Patrick Peterson will go down as one of the great Packers postseason plays.
Packers Nation is behind Janis, who has the raw tools to succeed. This offseason, he needs to fine tune his game and work on the fundamentals.