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The past few weeks haven't been easy on wide receiver Greg Jennings.
Starting with a concussion that forced him to miss multiple preseason games, continuing with a groin injury that prevented him from playing last week against the Bears and culminating in speculation about his future in Green Bay, Jennings has been in the subject of attention for everything but his play on the field.
Even though he was held out of practice on Thursday and head coach Mike McCarthy said he wasn't as far along in his progress as the team would have hoped (via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), there are still several days until the Packers play on Monday. And if Jennings participates, it's time they get him involved in the passing game once again.
Even though Jennings played in the season opener against the 49ers, his contributions were limited to 34 yards on five catches and getting nowhere near the end zone.
Jennings doesn't need to lead the team in catches or receiving yards in order to be effective, but making him a bigger part of the offense will benefit the Packers in more ways than one.
For one, he's dangerous with the ball in his hands and is a threat to score on almost any reception. And two, the more attention Jennings receives, the better.
He'll only help to open up more opportunities for his teammates.
Brian Carriveau is a Green Bay Packers Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Unless cited otherwise, quotations were gathered first-hand.