Finley, Jones & Cobb to pick up the slack - [Full Article]

Greg Jennings has been targeted on 101 passes and caught 67, to Jermichael Finley's 68 targets and 42 receptions. Jordy Nelson has more targets (69) and catches (51) than Finley, though Finley's impact is greater because defenses game plan more for him.

Finley, 24, remains a difficult matchup because of his combination of size (6-4 1/2, 247 pounds), athletic ability and hands. The game plans the next three weeks figure to play off him in the passing game, more like the early 2010 game plans. This is Finley's chance to show he can occupy defenses and make some of the plays that help win games.

Randall Cobb also warrants a close watch. McCarthy has been stingy with playing time for the second-round draft pick, who has flashed the kind of explosive ability to suggest he could become a difference-maker. The Packers haven't needed him to play much of a role in the passing game, so they haven't done much to accelerate his development.

Fantasy Impact: 

James Jones is likely to see the biggest jump in snaps, as this was the reason the Packers signed him to a deal this summer -- to provide insurance in case of an injury to Jennings or Nelson. Driver likely won't be asked to do more than he's doing, but will continue to be a weapon on third down and in the redzone. There's a good chance Rodgers starts to target Finley more heavily, like he did early last season.

Filed Under: 2011, W15

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