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Offline Jacob  
#1 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 6:21:16 PM(UTC)
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http://myespn.go.com/blo...s-his-due--sort-of-.html

We didn't hear as many protestations as we thought we might after last week's NFL preview. But we did catch a reasonable tongue-lashing from Joseph, who questioned a Scouts, Inc. rating of 78 for Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings. (A 78 rating falls in Scouts, Inc.'s "solid player" category.)

You need an Insider subscription to get to this, but overall Scouts, Inc. rated Jennings No. 21 on a list of the NFL's top receivers. Jennings actually ranked ahead of teammate Donald Driver (24) but was behind such players as Pittsburgh's Santonio Holmes (T-12), Chicago's Devin Hester (T-14) and Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe (T-18).

Joseph of Atlanta writes: Okay, enough is enough and I've gotta ask: what's with the apparent consensus that Greg Jennings is a nonentity? The latest is the 78 rating ESPN gave him in the Packers season preview (8/27). He put up top 10 receiving numbers last year in everything but catches and yards, and with six more catches, would have broken 1000 yards receiving with 11 fewer catches than Plaxico Burress (fewest catches among 1000 yard receivers). And that was in 13 games. Yet Marques Colston is a top wideout? I understand he played with Favre, but did Reggie Wayne (P. Manning), Colston (Brees), or Chad Johnson (Palmer) put up the kinds of numbers Jennings has? Not to mention he's only in his second year, and caught Aaron Rodgers' only career touchdown pass. Add in the three game-winning touchdown catches last season alone, and we've got some pretty awesome numbers for a second-year player. Where's his hype?

Kevin Seifert: Scouts, Inc., had this to say about Jennings in their ratings: "He is a versatile player who can align in multiple spots in the Packers' spread offense. Jennings is a very productive player with enough size to be a big-time threat in the red zone."

I can't speak to the methods of their numerical ratings, but I think that's a pretty accurate assessment of Jennings on a qualitative level. The best thing you can say about Jennings is that's he's productive, especially with 12 touchdowns in 13 games last season. The worst thing you can say is that he hasn't been able to avoid the injury bug.

An ankle injury cost him one game in 2006 and two games last season, and a knee injury sidelined him during the 2008 preseason. To me, the only thing holding back Jennings from a higher ranking is showing that he can play a 16-game season. That would put him on track for surpassing the 1,000-yard barrier that generally brings receivers a level of acclaim.

"Greg Jennings definitely makes a difference when he's out there," coach Mike McCarthy told reporters in Green Bay this week. Jennings will be especially valuable Monday night against Minnesota; highly productive No. 3 receiver James Jones could miss that game because of a sprained knee.




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Just some comments I read under the article


Mikerocker9 (1 hour ago)
Greg Jennings is the future of the Packers


joecoolxxxi (40 minutes ago)
GREG JENNINGS CAN PUT UP THE NUMBERS THIS YEAR TO BE FAR BETTER THEN MOST OF THE WR THEY HAVE LISTED BEFORE HIM. IF HEALTHY HIM AND RODGERS CAN MAKE A VERY GOOD COMBO. UNLIKE THE VIKES WHO HAVE VERY LITTLE FIRE POWER AS FAR AS PASSING OFFENSE. MOSTLY DUE TO A #### AT QB. THE PACKERS WILL HAVE A MUCH BETTER SEASON THEN THE VIKES. THE VIKES DEFENSE WILL CARRY THE VIKES AS FAR AS THEY GO AS WELL AS THE RUNNING GAME. THE QB WILL STOP THEM FROM GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS.
Offline walleye  
#2 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 6:35:06 PM(UTC)
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Yes he is underated he is one of the best!!!
Jennings is a GOD
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Offline Cheesey  
#3 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 7:26:07 PM(UTC)
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Driver never got the respect either. I think the ONLY way our guys will is if we win it all.
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Offline Greg C.  
#4 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 7:49:00 PM(UTC)
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"Solid" is not the right word to describe Jennings. That's just where he fell in the rankings. He's spectacular but not always available. So it averages out to a "solid" ranking. I'm okay with that. If Jennings stays healthy for a full season, he will put up big numbers and a bunch more highlight reel plays and he will earn his props. I'm sure a lot of people remember the OT catch in Denver.
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Offline CubanPenguin  
#5 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 9:02:18 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: " Go to Quoted Post
Jennings is a very productive player with enough size to be a big-time threat in the red zone."



Umm I agree he is a big time threat in the Red Zone but not because of his size, he is the smallest Packers WR at 5'11 and he has an average weight.
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Offline gbpfan  
#6 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 9:41:03 PM(UTC)
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if jennings gets to play the full season which i think he wil he a d.d wow jennings is underated but he will shine this year
Offline TengoJuego  
#7 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 9:45:40 PM(UTC)
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Underrated as far as fans and critics go. But the teams matched up against our WR's, including Gregorious, know that he is a very dangerous player.
Offline mrpacman  
#8 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 10:05:59 PM(UTC)
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greg jennings is 1 of da greatest WR in da NFL. so how can he b underrated?
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Offline TheEngineer  
#9 Posted : Saturday, September 6, 2008 10:42:08 PM(UTC)
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The media have always seemed to underrate the Packers lately. If teams do the same, it'll be a big mistake and their loss. So go ahead, give Jennings a 78. But he'll burn you with that speed he was never rated with, the catching skills people don't think he has, and the agility to dodge a bullet if given the chance.
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Offline brnt247  
#10 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 12:41:13 PM(UTC)
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Not many people realize that he missed a few games last year. He had almost a TD a game and nearly 1000 yards despite missing games.
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Offline Gravedigga  
#11 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 1:34:55 PM(UTC)
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Underrated throughout the league but overrated on packer sites. You would think he's Jerry Rice on Packer sites. Wheres all the DD love? He's our #1 guy.
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Offline Cheesey  
#12 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 2:59:22 PM(UTC)
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It's ok with me he's under rated.......let him sneak up on the other teams!
The guys writting the "ratings" never had to COVER Jennings.....or DD for that matter!!!
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Offline walleye  
#13 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 5:11:47 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: " Go to Quoted Post
greg jennings is 1 of da greatest WR in da NFL. so how can he b underrated?


In my eyes he is the GREATEST!! :magnifyglass:
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Offline zombieslayer  
#14 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 5:36:08 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: " Go to Quoted Post
Driver never got the respect either. I think the ONLY way our guys will is if we win it all.


Yeah, I don't know why either of our top 2 WRs are so dissed by the media. Both are excellent WRs, and definitely deserve higher rankings.
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Offline SINCITYCHEEZE  
#15 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 5:57:48 PM(UTC)
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Who cares what the stupid talking heads of the media say,as long as our guys perform on sunday.The talking heads can kiss my :pottytrain2: :pottytrain1:
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Offline Packnic  
#16 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 6:31:07 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: " Go to Quoted Post
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Driver never got the respect either. I think the ONLY way our guys will is if we win it all.


Yeah, I don't know why either of our top 2 WRs are so dissed by the media. Both are excellent WRs, and definitely deserve higher rankings.



I think its because neither makes an ass out of himself with touchdown dances and off the field antics. They are about one thing. being productive football players (which is the mantra in green bay). So i think their underrated status comes from not being on the front page due to something besides football.


and in my opinion. I cant think of one WR that has been as consistent and productive over a long span than Donald Driver.
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Offline Zero2Cool  
#17 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 6:49:59 PM(UTC)
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I think our WR are perceived as under rated because most think that Brett made them, not them making themselves. If, that makes any sense.
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Offline Cheesey  
#18 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 7:01:12 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: " Go to Quoted Post
I think our WR are perceived as under rated because most think that Brett made them, not them making themselves. If, that makes any sense.

It does Zero....it does.
Of course our WR's can disprove that by all of them having big years this season.
MAYBE then they will get the "attaboys" they deserve.
I think they have a chip on their collective shoulders for not getting the recognition they deserve.
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Offline Bigbyfan  
#19 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 7:45:34 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: " Go to Quoted Post
Yes he is underated he is one of the best!!!
Jennings is a GOD


Calling him God is underrating him!!!
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Offline TengoJuego  
#20 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 11:08:07 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: " Go to Quoted Post
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I think our WR are perceived as under rated because most think that Brett made them, not them making themselves. If, that makes any sense.

It does Zero....it does.
Of course our WR's can disprove that by all of them having big years this season.
MAYBE then they will get the "attaboys" they deserve.
I think they have a chip on their collective shoulders for not getting the recognition they deserve.


TBH there have been few "great" Packer WR's. None have been known as top talent or top tier. Greg and DD are probably two of the more "popular guys" I guess.
Offline Girth980  
#21 Posted : Sunday, September 7, 2008 11:47:11 PM(UTC)
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I don't understand how the duo of Driver and Jennings can be underrated as much as they are.... The talking heads look at the stats and yardage that Favre had last year but don't realize a lot of those yards come under the category of yards after the catch. Driver and Jennings along with Martin, Jones and the rest caught a lot of short passes and made big plays out them as well. I know Favre connected on the deep ball as well but a lot of the plays were yards after the catch and I think that's a stat that gets seriously overlooked when talking about quarterbacks and their wide outs in this day an age.
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Offline zombieslayer  
#22 Posted : Monday, September 8, 2008 1:50:38 AM(UTC)
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TBH there have been few "great" Packer WR's. None have been known as top talent or top tier. Greg and DD are probably two of the more "popular guys" I guess.


You mean in the recent past? Because in the past, two of the greatest WRs who ever played the game were on the Packers - Don Hutson (who may be the best WR ever) and James Lofton, who may have had Rice's records had he been on decent teams. Sterling Sharpe also goes up there, but because of his injury, we'll never know. We would have slaughtered the Broncos if Sharpe had never been injured and probably ended the 90s as Team of the 90s with 3 or 4 SB wins.
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