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.
At a time when he currently he has no job and no prospects, free-agent receiver Javon Walker will have an even harder time getting back in the league.
Per a league source, Walker has been suspended four games by NFL commissioner Roger Goddell.
Four-game suspensions are imposed either for violating the steroids policy or the substance-abuse policy. If Walker violated the steroids policy, the violation would have occurred before he was cut by the Vikings. He also played for the Packers, Broncos, and Raiders.
If it’s a violation of the substance-abuse policy, it may have occurred since he was cut if he was already in the league’s program and subject to unannounced testing.
In the end, it doesn’t matter, given that no one is interested in Walker. They now have one less reason to be interested.
Opening night is less than two weeks away and Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings are still trying to figure out exactly what they have in a banged-up receiving corps and a rotating offensive line.
They took some steps in the right direction Saturday night during the team's 24-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Favre’s two newest targets made pretty good impressions just days after arriving in Minnesota.
Greg Camarillo had four catches for 47 yards and Javon Walker made a great catch over Walter Thurmond for a 25-yard TD from Sage Rosenfels in the fourth quarter.
Favre, who was coaxed back for a 20th NFL season on Aug. 18, played eight series on Saturday night. He led the Vikings to one field goal and a touchdown, a 24-yard run by Adrian Peterson that was set up by a 73-yard kickoff return by Darius Reynaud.
Peterson finished with 37 yards on 11 carries.
The Vikings also had to be encouraged by Percy Harvin’s return. The reigning offensive rookie of the year has only practiced six times this preseason because of recurring migraine headaches, including a bout that caused trainers to call an ambulance to practice just over a week ago.