Green Bay Packers: Does the Pack Even Need Greg Jennings?

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIOctober 15, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Greg Jennings’s agent probably wasn’t thrilled about the performance of the Green Bay Packers offense without his star client in Week 6 against the Houston Texans. He likely lost a lot of leverage from a statistical standpoint.

Aaron Rodgers and company lit up the Texans defense to the tune of six aerial touchdowns and no interceptions.

Jennings was not on the field.

Houston’s defense is respected across the league, but the Packers offense essentially toyed with it, sending three different pass-catchers into the end zone. That number includes James Jones’s third straight outing with two touchdown receptions.

Second-year wide receiver Randall Cobb has also been doing his part to make the Packers offense hum. He didn’t record a touchdown catch like Jones, Jordy Nelson and Tom Crabtree on Sunday night, but he did come up with seven catches and his first career 100-yard game.

Nelson was the one who cashed in the points for the Pack. He brought in nine balls for 121 yards and three touchdowns, leading the team in each category.

All of these things took place with the requisite drops from Jermichael Finley and no running game to speak of.

Running back Alex Green had 65 rushing yards, but it took him 22 carries to do it.

Rodgers himself had the longest run on the night for Green Bay.

If Green Bay’s offense continues to produce nights like this with Jennings on the shelf, he’ll likely be allowed to walk in the offseason if he finds himself too far apart from the team in contract negotiations.

Obviously, Green Bay would love to have him back healthy this season as it pushes for the playoffs. The way Rodgers was able to spread the ball around effectively to so many receivers on a good NFL defense, however, suggests that the Packers definitely don’t need him to rush back from his current injury.

It might also mean Jennings will be in a different uniform next August.