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January

M.D. Jennings: 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

M.D. Jennings

M.D. Jennings

1) Introduction:  Green Bay Packers safety M.D. Jennings entered the 2013 season primed to compete with Jerron McMillian for the starting safety spot opposite Morgan Burnett.  In fact, the Packers largely brought Jennings back to push McMillian, who they had really hoped would win the job.  After splitting reps nearly evenly in 2012, Jennings won the starting role.  That McMillian was released in early December for his poor play and attitude says something about the quality of that competition to begin with.  Many expected Packers general manager Ted Thompson to address the safety position in last year’s draft, which had quite a few high-value options to choose from.  That wasn’t the case and the Packers banked on either Jennings or McMillian taking a step forward.  That also wasn’t the case.  While Jennings was durable and started every game, he was rarely a factor and if brought back in 2014, it would be solely for competition or special teams purposes.

2) Profile:

Melvin Delanie “M.D.” Jennings

  • Age: 25
  • Born: 7/25/1988 in Grenada, MS
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 195
  • College: Arkansas State
  • Rookie Year: 2011
  • NFL Experience: 3 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  Jennings was given the opportunity to win a starting spot but was largely expected to merely be depth at the safety position in 2013.  After Packers general manager Ted Thompson chose not to address the safety position in the draft or in free agency, the door was open for Jennings to take a step forward and secure his role on the team.  After making a few big plays in 2012, the hope was that Jennings would make a jump from year two to year three and become a diamond in the rough to add to Thompson’s list.  The Packers needed that complimentary player next to Burnett who could cover and flash their ball skills.

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February

M.D. Jennings: 2012 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

M.D. Jennings

M.D. Jennings

1) Introduction:  Packers safety M.D. Jennings entered 2012 trying to crack the roster at safety after playing primarily on special teams in his rookie season of 2011.  With Charles Woodson moving from cornerback to safety and with the team having drafted rookie Jerron McMillian in April’s draft, Jennings faced some stiff competition for reps at safety.  Because of the team’s many sub packages on defense, Jennings did get on the field as early as week one.  When Woodson went down midway through the season, Jennings started several games and gained valuable reps at safety.

2) Profile:

Melvin Delanie “M.D.” Jennings

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 7/25/1988 in Grenada, MS
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 195
  • College: Arkansas State
  • Rookie Year: 2011
  • NFL Experience: 2 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  Jennings was expected to develop and see some reps in the team’s nickel package as well as back up Burnett and Woodson.  The team’s hope was that Jennings could push to eventually become a regular on the team’s defense when Woodson eventually departs.  He was also there to compete with rookie McMillian.  Jennings continued to be an important part of the team’s special teams coverage units.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Jennings best game in terms of his grading came against the Houston Texans.  He graded positively in each area.  Jennings did score the Packers’ first intercpetion return for a touchdown in week 11 win against the Detroit Lions.  His low lights include the most controversial moment of the NFL’s 2012 season.  It was Jennings who had “simultaneous” possession of the ball at the end of the Monday Night game in Seattle that was eventually ruled a touchdown catch.  Replay clearly showed that Jennings had secure and sole possession of the ball.  The play should have been ruled a game-ending interception and a Packers victory.  In reality, Jennings got his true low light of the sesaon out of the way in week one.  Jennings badly blew his coverage assignment on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss, who snuck behind Jennings and nabbed a touchdown pass on the play.  The Packers eventually lost that game.