Jared Cook no longer feels like the new kid on the block in the Packers’ offense
The eighth-year tight end has been immersed in the playbook since he signed as a free agent in March, discovering where he fits into the offense and picking up most of the signals.
The tempo will pick up with the two-time MVP quarterback running the offense, challenging everything Cook has learned over the last five months.
Cook said having Rodgers run the offense will be a good test for him this week. The story added Cook and Rodgers have developed a rapport since Cook came off the PUP list Aug. 9, a key note for Cook's fantasy potential this year. The piece added Cook has been a popular target in the middle of the field as well. Cook's been climbing our TE rankings a bit and we think he'll compare to what Richard Rodgers did last year - finishing as #11 TE. We think Cook has upside and a chance to post TE1 numbers.
The closest thing Jordy Nelson did to real football during his first practice in 364 days came at the end of the session, when he ran some half-speed routes while fellow receivers Randall Cobb and Davante Adams acted as cornerbacks during a jog-through.
No wonder Nelson called it "hardly even a practice."
By unofficial count, earlier in Monday's practice Nelson caught 15 passes from Aaron Rodgers and the other quarterbacks at the far end of the field while the rest of the team went through a special-teams period.
Nelson appeared to run closer to full speed in that drill, although never against a defender.
Nelson said he felt good conditioning-wise and added he believes he's on track to play in the season opener on Sept. 11 against the Jags. The team only has one more full practice before Friday's preseason game, which means it's unlikely Nelson will suit up for that, according to the story.
So here's Packers RB Eddie Lacy after two games this exhibition season with similar numbers. In two games, Lacy's limited work resulted in 13 carries for 69 yards, a 5.3-yard average, and one touchdown. He played the first series last week against the Browns and gained 24 yards on four carries. He took only the first series Thursday against the Raiders and posted 45 yards on nine carries.
Lacy could get a longer stint in Friday's game at San Francisco, where quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects to play for the first -- and likely only -- time this preseason.
The story said, if the preseason is any indication -- and based on last year's results for Lacy alone, it often is not -- coach Mike McCarthy wants to establish the run with Lacy as his point man early on. But Lacy does look good after losing weight in the offseason. We have Lacy 12th in PPR league but think he has a chance to be a top-10 back they way things have been trending this offseason.
Monday, August 15, 2016, 8:28pm
The Green Bay Packers plan to sit their franchise quarterback for most of the preseason.
Rodgers ran the scout team for the second straight day as former UCLA QB Brett Hundley worked with the first team. Rodgers had perhaps his best outing in camp going against the Packers' No. 1 defense, which probably gave the team even more inclination to sit their best player for a majority of the preseason.
"I would expect extended time in the third game," Rodgers said, per ESPN. "And probably not much to not play in the fourth game. So it's about conditioning at that point, and making sure you feel good by the time Week 1 rolls around."
Mike McCarthy hasn't shown his cards about Rodgers' status, but based on observers the QB is spending little time practicing with starters this week -- which serves as an indication that Rodgers plans to sit Thursday when the team takes on Oakland.
Monday, August 1, 2016, 7:51pm
"It's hard to say workload with the amount of plays I've played the last few years in preseason," Rodgers said Monday.
The same thing can be said for those deep shot plays they connected on so often.
There’s a reason Rodgers has thrown more touchdown passes to Nelson (45) than any other receiver he’s played with despite the fact that Nelson didn’t play a single game in 2015.
So if there’s concern about how long it will take Rodgers and Nelson to regain their chemistry after the Pro Bowl receiver missed all of last season because of a torn ACL last summer. One theory is they’ve played so much together it will look like they never missed a beat.
Of course the other theory is their connection is so heavily based on timing that they’re going to need every possible moment of training camp together to recapture it. We're not too concerned, and project Nelson for a 76-1,242-10 line this year. He's already ranked as a top-10 WR coming in 10th on our list. If you pick at the bottom of your draft, he's a guy to target at least in the top of the second round.
Janis was a forgotten man much of 2015, as McCarthy elected to play Adams instead. But Janis delivered one of the most memorable playoff performances in team history, with seven receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns — including a 41-yard Hail Mary touchdown reception on the final play of regulation — in Green Bay's overtime loss to Arizona in the divisional playoffs. Janis finished with the third most receiving yards in Packers' playoff history, and his two touchdown receptions tied eight other players for second place in that category.
Janis (6-3, 219) has almost identical measurables to Nelson (6-3, 217). Janis also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at the 2014 NFL combine and has a vertical jump of 371/2 inches.
The Packers haven't had a burner outside since Javon Walker (4.38) more than a decade ago. If Janis proves this summer that his route running and knowledge of the offense are up to speed, he could add an element that Green Bay's offense desperately needs.
"When he can stop thinking so much and react more, you see the athletic ability," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said of Janis. "He's obviously gifted very well with his athleticism, his jumping ability and his speed. He just needs to get to a level where he's not thinking as much and his instincts take over."
This headline is not saying much, since Janis barely played last year, but he appears poised to pass Adams on the depth chart if he has a good camp.
Jeff Janis is coming.
If talent wins, Janis will earn that role. When it comes to raw size and speed, there really isn't much comparison between Janis and other young receivers on the roster. The Packers continually threw deep to Janis in team drills, and he continually beat the likes of cornerbacks Sam Shields and Damarious Randall, and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
The only thing that can get in his way — and it has been a big hurdle — is lack of chemistry and trust with Rodgers. Janis has to be reliable. He has to prove he'll be in the right place on the field when he's supposed to be there. If he cuts out the mistakes, he has a real chance to carve a role for himself in the Packers' passing game.
Coaches have to be intrigued with the possibility of Nelson and Janis stretching the field deep on the perimeter with Cobb working underneath.
Janis had seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff game against the Cardinals, but only registered a catch in one other game last year (2-79 vs. the Chargers) despite a host of injuries to the Green Bay wide receivers. For whatever reason, the team wasn't comfortable giving Janis consistent snaps despite his ability to stretch the field with his 4.42 speed and elite athleticism, something that is lacking elsewhere in the receiving corps. His main competition for snaps is the disappointing Davante Adams.
Cook is in Green Bay taking a physical before the deal will be official, a source told ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.
Cook finished #28 in 2015 (PPR), but in the four prior seasons, he posted an average ranking of 16.3. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine back in 2009 and while he's probably lost a step along the way, he can still threaten the seam better than Richard Rodgers. It's not inconceivable that he turns into a fantasy starter, but the position is deep this year and unless he vastly outplays Rodgers, he's more likely to form a committee with the third-year tight end.
Rodgers underwent knee surgery within days of the team's Jan. 17 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he confirmed to ESPN on Friday night.
One source described the surgery as a minor scope and a "cleanup of an old injury."
Rodgers told ESPN that he is "doing well" and "recovering on schedule."
This shouldn't affect his availability for offseason activities or his overall health heading into the 2016 season.
Monday, December 21, 2015, 5:02pm
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may have found a new favorite target in wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. After targeting him three times in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Oakland Raiders, Rodgers wants Abbrederis to see the field more often.
Rodgers cited Abbrederis' route-running ability when lobbying for an increase in his playing time: He (Abbrederis) can get open. He’s a good route runner. He needs to be on the field more.
Abbrederis didn't play on offense until the second half of Sunday's game, when the Packers employed a four-receiver set. He caught all three of his targets, though, for a total of 33 yards. The former fifth-round draft pick hasn't been very active this season with only eight catches all year.
Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:01pm
Despite receiving 35 targets over the last three games, Adams has produced just 129 yards and zero touchdowns for the struggling Packers passing offense. He hit rock bottom against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night, as he dropped a would-be touchdown, caused an interception with an unfinished route and failed to grab Aaron Rodgers’ last ditch effort on the game’s final fourth down.
Now the team is trying to build him back up, the story said. Adams entered 2015 with sky-high expectations. He exploded for a handful of huge games as a rookie, including a 121-yard breakout against the New England Patriots and a 117-yard effort during Green Bay’s Divisional Round win over the Dallas Cowboys. The 2014 second-round pick looked like another one of general manager Ted Thompson’s receiving gems, especially after he blew up the offseason program and then assumed a bigger role when star Jordy Nelson went down, the story said.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 7:09pm
Aaron Rodgers’ stay on the Green Bay Packers’ injury report lasted only one week.
The Packers quarterback was not listed on Monday, when the team released its first report in advance of Thursday’s Thanksgiving night game against the Chicago Bears. Although neither team practiced on Monday, the NFL required an injury report with estimations on practice participation.
Rodgers was listed on the injury report last week because of an issue with his throwing shoulder. He was limited in practice on Wednesday but was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday.
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