Aug 20, 2012
The Packers wide receiver missed more than two weeks while recovering from concussion like symptoms, but he returned to practice today and is confident that he is fully recovered from the head trauma he suffered on August 3rd.
There wasn’t much of a concern here, but a second concussion would sideline Jennings for longer than two weeks and hurt the Packers aerial attack. Greg Jennings hasn’t had an injury plagued past, so I am not dropping him down at all, as he is still the top Green Bay target in my ranks. His week to week consistency and evident connection with Aaron Rodgers make him a top 5 receivers in all formats, as his ceiling is limitless and his floor is the season of a top 15 wide out.
Contrary to popular belief, Jordy Nelson would not gain value if Jennings were to miss regular season action. Nelson is the perfect second option for the Packers attack, not the reliable short to intermediate route runner that it takes to consistently move the chains. He averaged one touchdown every 4.53 catches last season, a number that doesn’t reflect a number one option, rather a player who benefits from the attention being paid elsewhere.
The one player who would gain value should Jennings miss time is Jermichael Finley. The athletic tight end would become Rodgers’ safety net, leading to more potential touchdowns and targets in general. Even with a healthy Jennings, Finley is being undervalued in drafts due to a disappointing 2012 campaign. After the elite duo of elite tight ends and Antonio Gates, Finley has as much upside as any other TE in the NFL.