Greg Jennings: Packers WR Will Be Major Fantasy Disappointment

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 15, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 30: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs after a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 24-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings' slow start to the 2012 NFL season is a sign of things to come.

The 28-year-old is not going to put up the kind of production that fans and fantasy owners have grown accustomed to. 

In each of the past five seasons, the seven-year pro has gained at least 920 receiving yards; he has also hauled in at least nine touchdown grabs in all but one of those seasons. 

However, two games into this season, Greg Jennings has just five catches for 34 yards and no touchdowns. Of course, a big part of the reason his numbers are so meager is that he didn't play in the Week 2 contest against the Bears due to a groin injury he suffered in the Week 1 loss to the 49ers.

But in those two games we have all the evidence we need to see that Jennings is headed towards a bad fantasy season. 

Jennings is not going to be a focal point of this offense. Sure, he figures to be a big contributor when he is in—just not the main target. This prolific Packers' pass offense is gong to spread the ball around. Jennings has to compete with Jordy Nelson for No. 1-receiver status, and both will be battling for looks with stud tight end Jermichael Finley and a deep Packers' WR corps, which now includes Randall Cobb, who has started getting looks out of the backfield.

Another part of the equation here is that Green Bay might be in the process of realizing that its offense needs a little more balance. After registering just 14 carries in their opener, Green Bay ended the game with 28 carries in Week 2.

I don't expect the Packers to turn into a grind-it-out team, but this move towards a more-balanced attack is surely a sign of things to come. 

The other factor here is that Jennings is growing increasingly injury prone. He missed the final three games last season with a knee injury, and as ESPN's Kevin Seifert points out, Jennings was dealing with concussion issues in training camp this year.

So, from the tail end of last year until now, Jennings has struggled with injuries to his knee, head and groin. This is not a good sign, and it points to a spotty and inconsistent season.