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Jeff Janis | Wide Receiver | #83

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/24/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 219
College: Saginaw Valley
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 7 (236) / GB
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Packers WR Jeff Janis is practicing with a club on his broken hand.
"We want to gather information on him playing with it," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "Just give Jeff a chance to compete and there's still some things he can do." Janis obviously cannot contribute as a receiver with a cast on his hand, but he likely can still help out on special teams. While his fantasy appeal is all but dead, Janis still has an important role to play for Green Bay. Aug 30 - 11:48 AM
Source: ESPN

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Packers WR Jeff Janis will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair broken bones in his index finger.

Janis had "screws" inserted into his hand. The Packers should value Janis' special teams contributions enough to keep him on the 53-man roster, but it's not a guarantee. His chances of earning an early offensive role are out the window. Davante Adams remains the favorite for Green Bay's No. 3 receiver job.
Aug 15 - 4:23 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed third-year WR Jeff Janis (hand) will not practice this week.

This fractured hand is probably going to kill the dream. Janis suffered the break in practice last week, missed Green Bay's preseason opener, and has no timetable to return. His right hand was in a splint at Saturday's practice.
Aug 14 - 1:52 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports Jeff Janis fractured "at least one" bone in his right hand during Wednesday's practice.

Janis told reporters his hand "got a little jammed up" after practice on Wednesday, but it seems like he was underselling the injury. It is likely he will miss the rest of the preseason, and it is possible he will be sidelined into the regular season. His chances of earning a significant offensive role are now all but dead. Davante Adams will likely open the season as the No. 3 in Green Bay.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 9:19 AM

Jeff Janis (hand) is inactive for the Packers' preseason opener.

Seen in the locker room with a bag of ice on his right hand Wednesday, Janis told reporters he jammed his fingers during a drill. That is likely (hopefully) the reason for his absence Friday. While this injury does not appear to be serious, it is another blow for a player who has struggled thus far in training camp, especially considering the standout performances Janis usually puts on tape in the preseason. Unless the injury is more serious than he is letting on, Janis will likely be ready for next week's contest.
Aug 12 - 6:54 PM

Packers OC Edgar Bennett said Jeff Janis is "still a work in progress."

"With that being said, he’s going about doing it the right way in the classroom and on the practice field," Bennett said. "I think the overall communication and the relationship he’s building with Aaron [Rodgers], I think it will pay dividends." Beat writers have almost universally panned Janis' performance so far in camp, but the coaching staff seems to be keeping an open mind. The third-year receiver needs to show well in the preseason to have any shot at earning a role.
Source: ESPN
Aug 11 - 8:13 AM

Jeff Janis is listed as a third-string receiver on the Packers' initial depth chart.

Most notably, he is listed behind both Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis. By all accounts, Janis had not had a good training camp, and it is becoming increasingly unlikely he carves out an offensive role. Adams seems like the odds-on favorite to open the season as the No. 3 receiver.
Source: Packers.com
Aug 9 - 8:29 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Michael Cohen and Bob McGinn agreed on their Packers Podcast that third-year WR Jeff Janis has had a "disappointing" training camp so far.

It's been the consensus among beat writers from other Packers media outlets, as well. McGinn did suggest Janis may be more of a "gamer" than practice player, and that Janis' performance in Green Bay's preseason games carries more weight than his play on the practice field. By all accounts, Janis has dropped too many passes and still struggles to get on the same page as Aaron Rodgers.
Aug 5 - 6:07 PM

Jeff Janis is listed with the third-team offense on the Packers' initial depth chart.

He's behind not only Davante Adams, but Jared Abbrederis, as well. Janis is a fantasy/metrics folk hero, but he's never shown the Packers what they want in practice. Janis' 53-man roster spot is likely assured, albeit only because he is one of Green Bay's best special teams players.
Aug 2 - 4:38 PM

Aaron Rodgers is working to build chemistry with his young receivers, especially Jeff Janis.

"He’ll go over after his set of reps and talk through it with them, especially with Jeff," quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said. "They’re getting a good relationship now, working together and talking about what they expect from each other. So that’s been very positive." Janis is an athletic freak who has produced whenever given the chance, but he has never earned Rodgers' trust. Despite the extra attention, Janis has reportedly struggled early in camp. He is competing with Davante Adams for the No. 3 job.
Source: ESPN
Jul 30 - 9:15 AM

According to ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky, third-year WR Jeff Janis "is still a raw guy," and it "seems he's just not there yet."

Janis is running as a starter with Jordy Nelson (ACL) on active/PUP, but was reported to have had several miscommunications with Aaron Rodgers on the first day of camp. Demovsky considers Davante Adams the favorite to return as Green Bay's No. 3 receiver. Janis made waves for his monster game in the Divisional Round against Arizona, but he has just two career catches in the regular season.
Jul 29 - 10:53 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn hints third-year WR Jeff Janis might not be a lock for the Packers' final 53.

Specifically about Janis and rookie Trevor Davis, McGinn wrote "it remains to be seen if speedsters Jeff Janis and Davis can make the team or win a role from scrimmage." We would consider Janis a lock to make the 53 on special teams production alone, but whether he earns an offensive role remains an open question despite last January's 7-145-2 breakout against Arizona. McGinn noted that the Packers' scouting staff has "downgraded (Janis) on the basis of straight-line athleticism, tendency to body catch and average ability to adjust."
Jul 20 - 8:07 PM

Aaron Rodgers said Jeff Janis is still trying to master the mental side of the game.

"When he can stop thinking so much and react more, you see the athletic ability," Rodgers said. "He's obviously gifted very well with his athleticism, his jumping ability and his speed. He just needs to get to a level where he's not thinking as much and his instincts take over." Janis almost single-handedly saved the Packers' postseason run with two Hail Mary catches in the dying minutes of the Divisional Round loss, but he has yet to carve out a consistent role in the offense. These comments could help explain why. With Davante Adams' future in question, Janis has a real opportunity to seize a role, but he needs to show a better grasp of the offense.
Jul 14 - 9:05 AM

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, third-year WR Jeff Janis "continually beat" the Packers' first-team defensive backs on deep passes during OTAs and minicamp.

The Journal-Sentinel names Sam Shields, Damarious Randall, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as Janis' burn victims, all of whom are high-quality starters in a pass defense that last year ranked No. 6 in Football Outsiders' DVOA. Beat writer Ryan Wood believes "Janis is coming," and states he "has a real chance to carve a role" in the Packers' passing game if Janis cuts down on his mistakes. At this point, we'd deem Janis the favorite for Green Bay's No. 3 receiver job ahead of Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis.
Jun 17 - 11:09 PM

Jeff Janis has been working as the Packers' primary kick returner at minicamp.

Janis is short on return experience; he returned just seven career kicks at Saginaw Valley and the first four of his NFL career last season. Janis did average 24.8 yards on his four returns and developed into the team's top gunner. As a late-round flier, Janis would get a boost in return-yardage leagues.
Jun 15 - 12:56 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Brett Hundley
3Joe Callahan
4Marquise Williams
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3Brandon Burks
4Brandon Ross
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1James Starks
2Eddie Lacy
FB1Aaron Ripkowski
2Alstevis Squirewell
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Davante Adams
3Jeff Janis
4Geronimo Allison
WR21Randall Cobb
2Jared Abbrederis
3Ty Montgomery
4Trevor Davis
WR31Davante Adams
TE1Jared Cook
2Richard Rodgers
3Justin Perillo
4Casey Pierce
LT1David Bakhtiari
2Jason Spriggs
3Vince Kowalski
LG1Josh Sitton
2Lane Taylor
3Josh James
4Lucas Patrick
C1J.C. Tretter
2Corey Linsley
RG1T.J. Lang
2Josh Walker
RT1Bryan Bulaga
2Don Barclay
3Kyle Murphy
K1Mason Crosby