WR Jeff Janis - Free Agent
|6-3, 219||Born: 6-9-1991||College: Saginaw Valley||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2014|
2017 Week 16 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Janis is mostly just a special teams player, and we didn't see anything different when Jordy Nelson went down and Janis had to step in. He wasn't helped by Brett Hundley's poor play, either.
2017 Week 17 vs DET (3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Once upon a time, Janis was a fan favorite who seemed destined for a big role in the Packers offense, but that seemed to end long before Aaron Rodgers was lost this year. Janis struggles to separate from coverage, either by speed or by sharp route running.
2016 Week 6 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Janis saw a little more time once Davante Adams left the game, but still only had a pair of targets. He caught both for first downs, and then disappeared again.
2016 Week 7 vs CHI (5 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Janis nearly had a touchdown in the first quarter on a short out pass, but was denied right at the goal line by a pair of Chicago defenders. Otherwise, Janis was the target on one pass which was batted on the line and a throwaway.
2016 Week 8 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Janis had a nice catch in the first quarter but then disappeared until the final frame. His touchdown came on a deep drag along the back of the end zone where he made the catch while getting hit. He hung onto the ball for the score though.
2016 Week 9 vs IND (2 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Janis was wide open down the sideline with nobody between him and the end zone and while Aaron Rodgers threw a perfect pass, Janis flat out dropped it. He did make a nice catch and run in the third quarter for a big 25 yard gain.
2016 Week 10 vs TEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Janis saw work in the fourth quarter with backup Brett Hundley under center. Two of his targets were when he was blanketed in coverage and the other was thrown behind him, which he couldn't haul in.
2016 Week 11 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Janis was targeted once on an overthrow down the middle of the field by Aaron Rodgers.
2016 Week 12 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Janis had just one catch and was on the field for only six snaps. He is not even an afterthought in the offense.
2016 Week 13 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 19 / 0 rush)
Janis touched the ball once, on a reverse which he took for 19 yards and a first down.
2016 Week 14 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 19 / 1 rush)
If you're going to have just one play, you might as well make it count. With the game basically over, and Brett Hundley replacing Aaron Rodgers under center, Janis took a reverse to the house against a gassed Seattle defense. The play pulled most of the Seattle defense one way, and so there were few players to get in Janis' way as he ran to the end zone when he went the other way.
2016 Week 16 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Janis was targeted just once, and ran a very nice route, driving the cornerback backwards and then cutting back for Aaron Rodgers to deliver the ball.
2015 Week 6 vs SD (4 / 2 / 79 / 0 rec)
Janis caught an absolute bomb in the second quarter, as he ran what appeared to be a post route, which he then broke off when he saw his quarterback scrambling. The pass drew him along the sideline and he made a diving grab for the ball and a 46-yard completion. It was Janis' first catch of the season. Janis bailed Aaron Rodgers out again late in the fourth quarter, as he mirrored Rodgers while the quarterback scrambled and then caught a shovel pass which he took for 33 yards after the catch. Janis also drew a key pass interference penalty which helped set up a field goal.
2015 Week 11 vs MIN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Janis' first target was in the second quarter, and while he didn't catch the somewhat underthrown ball, he was able to draw a pass interference flag which gave the team 50 yards and put them in Vikings territory. They drive would result in a touchdown just before the half and change the momentum of the game. Janis also had a 70-yard kick reception in the first quarter to set up
2015 Week 13 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Janis saw one target on a deep route but was not fast enough to run underneath the ball and it fell incomplete.
2015 Week 15 vs OAK (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Janis never managed to get any separation, but most of his targets came in the red zone and represented scoring opportunities. One was overthrown, one was knocked away by a good defensive play and one was intercepted. On that play, Janis seemed to run the play a little too deep, but Aaron Rodgers threw off his back foot and so the pass was also short--it's hard to say how much each was at fault. Janis should have been more aggressive jumping for the ball, and when it became clear he wasn't going to get it, should have become the defender to knock the ball away. He did neither thing and the result was an interception and a clearly frustrated quarterback.
2015 Week 19 vs ARI (11 / 7 / 145 / 2 rec)
Janis had quite the game Saturday night and his 145 yards rank as the third highest in playoff history behind Jermichael Finley (159) and John Jefferson (148) per the Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn (via Aaron Nagler of SI.com). With Jordy Nelson on injured reserve and Davante Adams hurt and unavailable, Janis was already likely to get a load of targets. He was quiet for the first quarter though, and it seemed as though he might not produce what we though he could. Then Randall Cobb left with what ended up being a bruised lung and the burden shifted completely onto Janis shoulders. The first two targets were incomplete--one was an underthrown ball and the second it seemed as if Janis wasn't where he was supposed to be. On that play, Janis ran a shallow corner route, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed to expect him to take a more severe angle. The ball sailed by well out of Janis' reach and Rodgers was clearly frustrated. However near the end of the first half, the two began to sync up as Janis made a pair of nice catches. First Janis made a tough catch on a slant when he had a defender draped over him. He held onto the ball as they hit the ground and the offense picked up the first down. A short time later, Janis made a good catch along the sideline for another first down. Janis did a nice job of reeling in the catch while also keeping both feet in bounds. His two biggest contributions were touchdowns, the first of which came on a 3rd and goal chance in the middle of the third quarter while the Packers were trailing Arizona 7-6. On the play, Rodgers was forced from the pocket and scrambled right, appearing to be thinking about running for a score, but actually keeping his eyes downfield as he ran. He spied Janis slicing into the end zone on a slant and threaded the ball between the coverage and another defender for the score. Janis did a good job of continuing to move and find a place where his quarterback could get him the ball and then made a good catch, holding onto the ball as he hit the ground. The second touchdown (and his last catch) was arguably bigger, as it tied the game and sent it to overtime. On that play, Janis--and every other Packers receiver--ran down the field on streaks. With just four seconds left, the Packers had to score so everyone had to be in position to do so. As he approached the end zone, though, Janis slowed down to track the incoming pass. He backed into the end zone, and timed his leap perfectly, boxing out Patrick Peterson with his body and coming down with the ball. He nearly dropped it, but Janis held on and the Packers sent the game into overtime.
2014 Week 5 vs MIN (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
The seventh round rookie was considered good enough that the Packers didn't want to risk losing him to a waiver claim on the way to the practice squad, but he wasn't polished enough to see the field prior to this past week when the game was out of control. As a result, both of his completions were from backup Matt Flynn. Janis did a good job getting inside position on the coverage on his first catch and was able to get open again with some nice route running on an out shortly thereafter.
2014 Week 6 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Janis was only on the field for 3 snaps as the Packers fourth WR.