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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 active for Week 1 against the Jaguars.
Battling a hand injury, there was some thought Janis could even end up a healthy scratch, but his special teams prowess has kept him on the game-day 46. Janis is well off the fantasy radar in all formats. Inactive for the Packers are QB Joe Callahan, WR Trevor Davis, RB Jhurell Pressley, DB Josh Hawkins, DB Chris Banjo, OT Kyle Murphy and LB Jayrone Elliott. Sep 11 - 11:38 AM

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Jeff Janis (hand) is listed as questionable for Week 1.

Despite the questionable tag, Janis practiced fully all week. He'll likely have to play with a club on his hand, but should be active. Janis' role will be limited to special teams.
Sep 9 - 4:47 PM

Packers WR Jeff Janis could play with a club on his broken right hand.

"I think he proved that yesterday," coach Mike McCarthy said. "His work tomorrow will determine if he has a chance to be up." Janis obviously cannot contribute as a receiver with a club on one hand, but he can still be a factor on special teams, which is where his main contributions will come this season anyway.
Source: ESPN
Sep 8 - 11:47 AM

Jeff Janis (hand) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

That would suggest Janis is fully recovered from the broken finger he suffered in training camp. Janis rose from obscurity with a two-touchdown game against Arizona in last year's playoffs. It looks like he'll be active for Week 1 but his offensive role is uncertain. Janis will probably be limited to gunner duty.
Sep 7 - 4:48 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 11:48 AM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Brett Hundley
3Joe Callahan
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1James Starks
2Eddie Lacy
FB1Aaron Ripkowski
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Davante Adams
3Jeff Janis
4Trevor Davis
WR21Randall Cobb
2Jared Abbrederis
3Ty Montgomery
WR31Davante Adams
TE1Jared Cook
2Richard Rodgers
3Justin Perillo
LT1David Bakhtiari
2Jason Spriggs
LG1Lane Taylor
2Don Barclay
C1J.C. Tretter
2Corey Linsley
RG1T.J. Lang
RT1Bryan Bulaga
2Kyle Murphy
K1Mason Crosby