Greg Jennings’ Return Imminent


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The Packers’ number 1 receiver on the depth chart, Greg Jennings, has started practicing again and is running routes, some of which at full speed. Jennings said that he was able to push himself and felt no pain running for the first time since he initially injured himself in week one against the San Francisco 49ers. Jennings even went so far as to say that it is not out of the question for him to return on Sunday night when the Packers take on the Giants. Coach Mike McCarthy said it would be a stretch, but these recent developments have to bode well for Jennings to return by next week at the latest. Aaron Rodgers initially struggled without his top target, but the offense has adapted in his absence. However, a Jennings return would no doubt benefit the offense and Aaron Rodgers, who leads a team that is firing on all cylinders right now.

In Jennings’ absence, many Packers wide receivers stepped up to play well and keep the offense running smoothly. James Jones has scored the most touchdowns in any season of his career, and Randall Cobb has become an essential piece to the puzzle that is Green Bay’s offense. Though Jordy Nelson has been hurt, he too has played well when able to stay on the field, and even Jermichael Finley redeemed himself a little bit this weekend with a couple of big plays that led to touchdowns. With Jennings returning, James Jones will probably be reduced to a slightly smaller role, but will be called upon if either Jennings or Nelson get hurt again. Cobb has set himself firmly among the top wide receivers for the Packers, so his role will probably not be affected as much. No matter what happens, Jennings’ return bodes well for the Packers, a team getting hot at just the right time.

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