NFL Rumors: Greg Jennings to Have Surgery, Out up to 6 Weeks
Green Bay Packers‘ star wide receiver Greg Jennings has been hampered by a groin injury this season. He has not played since week 4 against New Orleans. It is being reported by ESPN.com that Jennings saw a groin specialist on Tuesday, and the decision has been made to have surgery, which will keep Jennings out for an “additional six weeks”.
From a fantasy football standpoint, it’s been frustrating for Jennings and his fantasy owners. As a top target for Green Bay in the pass-heavy attack, owners expected solid and reliable weekly numbers. Unfortunately, a shaky season is quickly turning into a lost one for Jennings owners.
From the Packers’ standpoint, I have to think it’s like this: “We love ya Greg and we want ya back on the field but we can’t rush it. We have to be smart.” I say that because Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones have been outright dynamic with their opportunities with more playing time. Jones has been a TD machine and one of Rodgers’ favorite red-zone targets, and Nelson has re-discovered his 2011 form.
Cobb, as a young player the Packers are very high on, has been outstanding. His last three games have seen double digit fantasy points and an ability to be put in any position, even carrying the ball out of the backfield and proving his versatility. He’s a speed guy and has so much upside that it’s hard to imagine Jennings coming back and replacing either of these two guys when they’ve each had so much success.
If you were smart enough as a Jennings owner to grab either Jones or Cobb you are being rewarded. If you just happened to draft or pick one of these guys, you’re reaping all the benefits. I think the Packers are better on offense with Jones or Cobb on the field. It will be a tough call for Head Coach Mike McCarthy when Jennings is healthy enough to return.
If you own Jennings, you are already disappointed and have moved on from him for the most part. If/when he returns, you can expect his value to take a huge hit as the production of Jones and Cobb have been eye opening. We may be seeing the beginning of the end for Greg Jennings in Green Bay.