Greg Jennings' Potential Return to Packers Is Best Option
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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wrote of Jennings' potentially reuniting on Tuesday:
I don't get the sense that the market for Greg Jennings is shaping up as some assumed it would, and I continue to believe that it's possible he stays in Green Bay (and then the Packers ultimately part with tight end Jermichael Finley).
For one, it's difficult to replace the chemistry built with Rodgers and the other receiving targets.
Despite only catching 36 passes for 366 yards and scoring four times in 2012, he appeared in just eight games. It was easily Jennings' least productive campaign since his rookie year because of injuries, and it led to not even receiving the franchise tag, per Alex Marvez of FOX Sports.
Factor in Jennings' turning 30 years old early next season, and he's not young for the position.
That said, returning to Titletown would be a win-win situation for the two sides. Green Bay gets its veteran target, who caught 291 passes and scored 34 touchdowns from 2008 through 2011, back for Rodgers.
The Packers must also address other needs than receiver this offseason. So, retaining Jennings simply makes preparing for 2013 that much easier. Defensively, they gave up 4.5 yards per rush and were inconsistent when getting off the field on third down.
How much would Jennings help the Packers offense in 2013?
On offense, Rodgers was sacked 51 times and the rushing attack managed just 3.9 yards per carry. Even worse, the three running backs that received the most attempts—Alex Green, James Starks and Cedric Benson—each averaged 3.6 yards per rush or less.
Not presenting Jennings on the outside only enhances the difficulty in establishing a balanced offense.
Jennings still possesses the route-running and quickness to defeat man coverage and draw a bracketed zone. His impact will prevent defenses from doubling up on anyone else and widen zones/lanes to complement the ground game.
"Coaching means a lot, the dynamic of the team," he told USA TODAY Sports. "To me, the quarterback means a lot—if they have one or not, and I have to make sure my family is comfortable."
Well, Mike McCarthy and Rodgers certainly fall into this category.
Include a defense that still gave up 24 passing touchdowns and keeping the receiving corps intact is one thing Green Bay must strongly consider.
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