Green Bay Packers: Greg Jennings Shining Within NFL's Best Receiving Corps

Michael DulkaContributor IOctober 27, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Donald Driver #80 celebrates with teammates James Jones #89 and Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
Matt Ludtke/Getty Images

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is on pace for a historically good year, despite being part of one of the best wide receiver groups in the league. Surrounded by Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Donald Driver and Randall Cobb, Jennings has not only stood out as the leader and favorite target of Aaron Rodgers, but it is on pace for a career year. 

Through seven games, Jennings has caught 42 passes for 677 yards and found the end zone five times. Jennings has lead the team in receiving yards four of the seven games and has 200 yards more than any other receiver. 

At his current pace, Jennings is on pace to finish the season with 1,547 yards on 96 catches if he plays all 16 games. If Jennings reaches this mark, it would give him the best receiving season in terms of yardage in Packers' history. In 1995, Robert Brooks recorded 1,497 receiving yards on 102 receptions.

As Jennings has played with Green Bay his whole career, it would obviously mean his best year as a pro as well. In the first five years of his career, the most receiving yards he has managed was 1,292 on 80 receptions in the 2008 season. 

Jennings is also on pace for a career-high, 96 receptions which would place him fourth all-time in Packers' history for receptions during a season. At his current pace, Jennings would score 11 touchdowns, one score below his career best. 

It has unbelievable to think that Jennings is putting up these type of numbers with the talent around him. All five receivers are viable threats and this is without even mentioning tight end Jermichael Finley.

With so many weapons, it would seem logical that expectations would be lowered for individual accomplishments for the guys in a trade-off for team success. 

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers tries to make a move on Al Harris #31 of the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 24-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Robbins/Getty Images


For Jennings, this has been quite the opposite as he has benefited from the attention that opposing defenses must pay to his teammates and the sensational play of his quarterback. 

Jennings has become such a consistent player that it isn't until you crunch the numbers that you realize how much success he is having this year. Averaging close to 97 yards per game, Jennings has only broken the 100-yard plateau three times this season, but his stats are not inflated by one good game. 

Just like with Rodgers, Jennings is expected to put up solid numbers week in and week out. While this may take away some of the attention from what looks to be a career year for Jennings, he holds the same expectations for himself. 

Against the Minnesota Vikings, Jennings injured his hand on his first reception, good for 26-yards, but returned to the game and caught six more passes for 121 yards and touchdown to end his day with 147 yards. Following the game, Jennings had his hand x-rayed to reveal he suffered only a bruise. 

With this news, it seems likely with the extra week of rest that Jennings will be back and ready to move closer towards Packers' history when the Packers take on the San Diego Chargers in Week 9. 

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