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February

Packers Greg Jennings: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction: For Greg Jennings, the 2012 season was the last year remaining on his contract. After suffering a groin injury in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Jennings struggled to return to form, which opened the door for Randall Cobb and James Jones to emerge within the offense. But later in the season, Jennings finally returned to the Pro Bowl form Packers fans have grown accustomed to.

2) Profile:

Gregory Jennings Jr.

  • Age: 29
  • Born: 09/21/1983, in Kalamazoo , MI
  • Height: 5’11″
  • Weight: 198
  • College: Western Michigan
  • Rookie Year: 2006
  • NFL Experience: 7 years

 Career stats and more:

3) Expectations coming into the season: Entering the 2012 season, expectations for Greg Jennings were extremely high. After all, Jennings had at least 920 receiving yards in his previous five seasons. But after suffering a groin injury in the season opener against the 49ers, his season took a turn for the worse.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Injuries clearly hampered Jennings throughout the season. He failed to surpass 46 receiving yards in a single game until week 17 at Minnesota, in which he caught a season-high eight passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. The team’s three-game stretch to finish the season was clearly the highlight of his season. Including the two playoff games, Jennings averaged six catches for 78.3 yards over the team’s final three games. Consider everything prior to be “low-lights” of his 2012 season.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Down the stretch, the team needed Jennings, and he certainly delivered. Looking at the season as a whole, Jennings made minimal impact, especially considering the emergence of Cobb and Jones.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Cobb injured his ankle in week 16 against the Tennessee Titans, and fortunately for the Packers, Jennings was able to pick up right where Cobb left off. Over the last three games, Jennings basically filled Cobb’s shoes within the offense. Jennings was the Packers’ most productive receiver in the postseason.

Season Report Card:

(C-) Level of expectations met during the season

(C-) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(B-) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: C

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Marques is a Journalism student, serving as the Sports Editor of UW-Green Bay\'s campus newspaper The Fourth Estate and a Packers writer at Jersey Al\'s AllGBP.com. Follow Marques on Twitter @MJEversoll.