Jennings’ Increased Production Directly Related To Finley’s Demise

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Jennings is the Packers' No. 1 receiver again.

Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings is playing some outstanding football of late.

In the last five games, Jennings has 32 receptions for 520 yards and six touchdowns. Those are pretty nice numbers, especially when compared to his first five games — 14 receptions for 183 yards and three touchdowns.

Additionally, Jennings’ targets have increased from 31 to 45, when comparing the same set of games.

This is all great and Jennings is rightfully being lauded for his increased production, but it’s pretty clear it’s a product of tight end Jermichael Finley’s season-ending injury.

Finley went down early in the Packers’ week five loss to Washington. In the first four games of the season, Finley recorded 21 receptions for 301 yards and a touchdown.

He was also clearly quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target.

Jennings, in other words, was the forgotten man.

Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed as much earlier this week, saying the coaching staff hasn’t done anything out of the norm to get Jennings involved.

“We are not designing new plays for Greg or anything like that,” McCarthy said.

This isn’t to suggest Jennings isn’t a good player. It’s more to demonstrate how important Finley has become to the offense, how he dominates the ball and how that affects other players.

As you may recall, as Finley’s production increased over the second half of last season, Donald Driver’s decreased.

When he’s on the field, Finley is clearly the Packers’ No. 1 receiver, which is a role Jennings used to have and has assumed again with Finley out.

It’s not a bad problem to have if you’re the Packers, but it will interesting to see how Jennings reacts when he’s back to playing second fiddle again, next season.


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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

2 Comments on "Jennings’ Increased Production Directly Related To Finley’s Demise"

  1. Madcity Packer Fan

    I think it will make that much more dangerous on the offensive side of the ball when Finley comes back. Greg is a good deep threat and as of late making good plays. It just gives a defense that faces us that much more of a headache and could open up the running game more with Grant next season. Greg has always been one of my favorite players.

  2. ay hombre

    I think earlier in the year ARodg would simply look down the defense and pick out the weakest D-back and attack that weakness. This is one of the reasons James Jones has been targeted so often…he’s got the 3rd D-back on him while Jennings typically deals with the #1 and Driver #2.

    To me it just seems that recently Aaron has re-realized that Greg Jennings can beat most #1 d-backs in the league, and it’s not always necessary to look for the worst defender on the team…see the Arizona playoff loss as we went after the same d-back (effectively) all game.

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