Jeff Janis’ hopes of making Green Bay’s 53-man roster might have taken a hit this week. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the third-year receiver fractured at least one bone in his right hand during Wednesday’s practice and could miss significant time.
Janis is one of the several Packers receivers fighting for a roster spot in training camp. He broke out at the end of last season when he caught seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in Green Bay’s Divisional Round loss to Arizona. The Saginaw Valley State product caught two passes for 79 yards during the regular season.
Janis is competing with Ty Montgomery, Jared Abbrederis, and Cal rookie Trevor Davis for what will likely be the final two or three spots on the receiver depth chart behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and probably Davante Adams. Janis had been the beneficiary of extra practice reps with Nelson on the physically unable to perform list as he recovers from a torn left ACL. But reports suggest Janis hadn’t taken advantage of those extra snaps.
The Packers offense was uncharacteristically mediocre without Nelson in the lineup. Cobb was moved away from his niche in the slot and was forced to play as a split end for most of the season. The Packers struggled to fill the void with Adams and veteran James Jones, who recently joined the San Diego Chargers. The Packers finished 25th in passing offense last season after ranking in the top 10 in the same category each of the past 11 seasons.
A slow start to camp combined with an unfortunate injury could mean Janis’ days are numbered in Green Bay.