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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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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

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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

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said third-year WR Jeff Janis is "doing a lot of good things" at OTAs, but reemphasized that Janis needs to keep working on "the fundamentals" of wide receiver.

A playoff hero against Arizona (7-145-2), Janis scored a 60-yard touchdown on a deep jump ball at Monday's OTA session, beating Packers top CB Sam Shields. With Jordy Nelson (ACL) on the shelf, Janis is gobbling up first-team reps. "Special teams he had an excellent year last year, graded out as one of our top players," said McCarthy. "I’d like to see him take that same step as a wide receiver." 6-foot-3, 219 with 4.42 speed, Janis oozes physical tools but still needs to earn the trust of Aaron Rodgers.
Jun 6 - 5:57 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky believes WR Jeff Janis is one of the "losers" of the offseason.

Janis entered the offseason on fire after a 7-145-2 game in the Divisional Round loss to the Cardinals, but Demovsky believes the addition of fifth-round WR Trevor Davis along with the return of Jordy Nelson (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ankle) puts Janis in a tough position. Davis is unlikely to be more than a special teams contributor as a rookie, however, and Montgomery does not bring the same skills to the table. Janis should be given a shot to beat out Davante Adams for the No. 3 receiver job, and he has the talent to win that battle.
Source: ESPN
May 12 - 11:19 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy said he views third-year WR Jeff Janis as an "ascending player" who he looks to "take that next step."

"I like to look at Jeff as kind of an ascending Green Bay Packer," McCarthy said. "I look at his years, I think you look for a guy to take a jump in his second year, and clearly, you look at his rookie year, very raw, raw player. He made the 53 on potential, not on performance. ... Great kid, hardworking, very powerful. But there were just a lot of things, when he does them, they’re for the first time. Hopefully we’re out of that phase of his development. I look for Jeff to take that next step." After his blow-up 7-145-2 game in the Divisional Round loss to the Cardinals, it appears McCarthy is finally coming around to the idea of getting Janis more snaps. With Jordy Nelson (knee) coming back, Janis should compete (and beat) Davante Adams for the No. 3 receiver gig.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 2 - 10:50 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn believes it has been "25 years or more since a coach in Green Bay made more errors in allocating playing time than Mike McCarthy did this year."

McGinn, who is Mr. Packer, makes Jeff Janis the centerpiece of his case. Like many observers, McGinn believes Janis "should have been playing earlier and a lot more than he did" before his Divisional Round breakout. McCarthy admitted as much after Janis exploded against the Cardinals. Even with Jordy Nelson (ACL) coming back for 2016, Janis' deep game is worth holding on tight to in Dynasty leagues.
Jan 24 - 2:11 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy called rising third-year WR Jeff Janis "just a young man that needs to play."

Perhaps McCarthy and/or OC Tom Clements should've thought of that when James Jones and Randall Cobb couldn't get open, and Davante Adams couldn't catch a cold. Because that happened all season, while 4.42 flier Janis rode the bench. Janis exploded for 7-145-2 in the Divisional Round when a knee injury rendered Adams inactive, and a chest injury knocked Cobb out for the game. With Jones headed to free agency and beat writers speculating Adams' roster spot is in doubt, McCarthy will have the opportunity to make good on his Janis vow throughout 2016.
Jan 20 - 10:26 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said WR Jeff Janis was "tremendous" in the team's Divisional Round loss to the Cardinals.

After catching just two passes all regular season, Janis went 7-145-2 off the bench with Randall Cobb (chest) injured in the Packers' playoff loss. "As a receiver, he was inconsistent, had some chances, up-and-down," McCarthy said of Janis' season. "But with that, I think he definitely learned from those experiences and just had a tremendous game against Arizona." Janis later acknowledged he still needs to earn Aaron Rodgers' trust, and that he hopes to get more first-team practice reps with Rodgers in 2016. At 6'3/219 with 4.42 speed, 24-year-old Janis is worth rostering in all Dynasty leagues.
Jan 19 - 12:17 AM

Jeff Janis caught 7-of-11 targets for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers' Divisional Round loss to the Cardinals.

Aaron Rodgers just missed the second-year receiver on a couple big plays in the second half, but he connected when it mattered most. With the Packers facing fourth-and-20 from their own four-yard line with less than a minute left, Rodgers uncorked a 60-yard bomb to Janis to keep the Packers alive. Not content with one unbelievable play, Rodgers hooked up with Janis for a 41-yard, Hail Mary touchdown to send the game to overtime three plays later. The heroics were not enough to save the game, but the big plays will hopefully give Rodgers enough confidence in the athletic freak to give Janis a bigger offensive role next season.
Jan 17 - 1:28 AM

Jeff Janis did not catch either of his two targets Week 11 against the Vikings.

Janis did make an impact by drawing a long defensive pass interference penalty on the Packers' touchdown drive to close out the first half. He also got open deep late in the game, but Aaron Rodgers missed him. Janis has shown he is behind both Ty Montgomery and Jared Abbrederis on the depth chart, but both are out with injuries right now. He could serve as the No. 4 again on Thanksgiving Day, but he will not carry any fantasy value into the game.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 07:58:00 PM

Jeff Janis caught 2-of-4 targets for 79 yards Week 6 against the Chargers.

Filling in for an injured Ty Montgomery, Janis responded with two huge gains on broken plays including a 33-yard catch-and-run on a shovel pass from Aaron Rodgers. With Davante Adams expected to return following the Week 7 bye, Janis is unlikely to have a large offensive role against the Broncos. Despite the big game, Janis can safely be left on the wire in 14-team leagues.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 10:02:00 AM

Jeff Janis is listed with the third-team offense on Green Bay's official depth chart.

Janis is behind both Ty Montgomery and new signee James Jones. With Jones appearing likely to slot in as Aaron Rodgers' No. 3, Janis will have to battle Montgomery for No. 4 scraps. It's pretty clear the Pack prefer third-rounder Montgomery.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 06:14:00 PM

Packers second-year WR Jeff Janis caught two balls for 21 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's preseason finale.

Just another preseason touchdown for Janis, who now has FIVE touchdowns through two NFL preseasons. Janis' 14-yard score was delivered by rookie quarterback Brett Hundley in this one. Aaron Rodgers apparently still lacks trust in Janis, a size-speed SPARQ freak out of Saginaw Valley State. For now, rookie Ty Montgomery is penciled in ahead of Janis as Green Bay's third receiver.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 10:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Brett Hundley
3Marquise Williams
4Joe Callahan
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3John Crockett
4Brandon Ross
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
FB1Aaron Ripkowski
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Jeff Janis
3Ty Montgomery
4Jamel Johnson
5Geronimo Allison
WR21Randall Cobb
2Davante Adams
3Jared Abbrederis
4Trevor Davis
5Ed Williams
WR31Jeff Janis
TE1Jared Cook
2Richard Rodgers
3Justin Perillo
4Kennard Backman
5Mitchell Henry
LT1David Bakhtiari
2Jason Spriggs
3Vince Kowalski
LG1Josh Sitton
2Lane Taylor
3Josh James
4Lucas Patrick
C1Corey Linsley
2J.C. Tretter
3Jacob Flores
RG1T.J. Lang
2Josh Walker
3Matt Rotheram
RT1Bryan Bulaga
2Don Barclay
3Kyle Murphy
K1Mason Crosby