While many feel that Jennings is all but out of Green Bay, he would still be a valuable and vital piece of Packers offense
Recently on Twitter, free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings posted a picture of his empty locker with the following note:
“My #packers locker is empty. Reply w/ a caption letting me know if you want it to stay that way or not! #freeagentlife“
I am one who thinks the Green Bay Packers need to do what they can to keep Jennings and this post was actually a bit encouraging. It seems as though Jennings is doing the “litmus test” to see how Packer nation feels about the possibility of him leaving. I responded in support of his staying as did many others.
I realize that the large majority feel that Jennings is headed out of Green Bay when free agency starts in March. I have heard all of the stats about how much he could command on the open market and how the Packers have several other vital pieces of their team that are up for free agency soon. Losing good players is just part of the business of football.
Still, I saw a lot of value in what Jennings brought to the team after he returned from injury in early December this past season. Jennings caught 24 passes and had three touchdowns. He had another six catches and a touchdown in last week’s divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. Not gaudy numbers by any means, but many of Jennings’ catches were made because he found a way to get open.
Since his rookie year in 2006, Jennings has been one of the Packers top pass-catching threats. His ability to run after the catch was something that we saw showcased in the week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings during a 45 yard pickup. He can still get open and adds a dimension to an offense that defenses can’t afford to ignore. He’s a very smart receiver who can read coverage and find a soft spot. He has good hands and can run well with the ball in hand.
Jennings turns 30 this coming September. No doubt, that is the typical age where a receiver starts to decline in speed and production, minus a few exceptions. Yes, I remember that Jennings missed significant time this season with his core injury and has been dinged up in the past. But this is a man who loves football, meshes well with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and makes the offense better. Read more... (755 words + 3 images, estimated 3:01 mins reading time)