Green Bay Packers made the right call on Jeff Janis

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 26: Jeff Janis /

The Green Bay Packers were right to move on from Jeff Janis.

Jeff Janis was popular among Green Bay Packers fans, but he is now a member of the Cleveland Browns.

Janis will always be remembered for his two Hail Mary grabs in the divisional round loss to Arizona in 2015.

But he is the latest Packer to move to Cleveland this offseason. Ryan Wood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had the news.

The Packers made the right call.

Janis is a great athlete and is lightning fast. Oh, and he’s 6-foot-3. That helps. But the fact he’s caught just 17 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown in four years says it all. The seventh-round pick never became the wide receiver many fans hoped.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy agreed, which is why Janis played just 50 offensive snaps (4.78 percent of the team’s total) in 2017, according to Pro Football Reference. For some perspective, he played less than half the offensive snaps as Trevor Davis. He also played fewer than Michael Clark, who only featured in two games, and Aaron Ripkowski, a fullback.

That’s not to say Janis doesn’t have value. There’s a reason he lasted his entire rookie deal. He was arguably the team’s best special teams player. Janis logged the Packers’ third-highest number of special teams snaps last season, coming in at 58.53 percent of the team’s total. Only Kyler Fackrell and Marwin Evans played more.

The Packers have made their evaluation on Janis and decided not to re-sign him. But if there’s one team in the NFL that knows Janis’ strengths and weaknesses outside of Green Bay, it’s the Browns. After all, Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith were Packers executives for Janis’ entire career before joining the Browns this offseason.

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But the Packers made the right call. They need speed at the wide receiver position, and now a new gunner on special teams, but they are better off turning to the draft.