Packer News Briefs: Jennings says nothing certain as to his Packer statusWisconsin Sports
-- Green Bay Packers’ receiver Greg Jennings says it’s an “educated guess” that he won’t be back with the team next year. The seventh-year pro is in the final year of his current contract – and the Packers have made no visible effort to re-sign him.
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers’ receiver Greg Jennings says it’s an “educated guess” that he won’t be back with the team next year. The seventh-year pro is in the final year of his current contract – and the Packers have made no visible effort to re-sign him.
Jennings told the “NFL Double Coverage Podcast” that he’d be back in a heartbeat if it was his choice – but he said the Packers are going to do what’s best for them. Jennings says he still hopes he’s in Ted Thompson’s and Mike McCarthy’s plans – but if not, he wants to show the other 31 teams his resume and quote, “walk into the door and start back over.” It’s been a rough contract year for Jennings, who sat out more than two months after having surgery on an abdominal tear that spurred from a groin injury. He suffered that injury on September 30th, after scoring a touchdown against New Orleans. The Packer offense kept humming along with receivers Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Randall Cobb. Jennings returned December second against Minnesota – and last week against Chicago, he caught four passes for 50 yards. Jennings says he’s quote, “coming in a little late to the party” and he hopes to be a force during the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.
The Packers appear to have altered their play-calling because of the struggles Mason Crosby has had, especially with kicking longer field goals. On Sunday at Chicago, coach Mike McCarthy passed up a chance at a 55-yard attempt for three points – and the Packers converted on a fourth-and-two before Crosby blew a 43-yard attempt wide right. In the third quarter, the Packers went for it on fourth-and-six at the Chicago-26, when Aaron Rodgers converted on a 12-yard pass to Randall Cobb – and it led to James Jones’ third touchdown which put the Pack up 21-7. In the final quarter, Crosby missed a 42-yard field goal attempt. It hit the left upright and failed to go through. McCarthy said yesterday that no one’s happy with the number of kicks Crosby has missed – but the Packers won’t even try to replace him. Crosby’s field goal rate is just 58-point six percent, making 17-of-29 on the year. Crosby and the other Packer players are off today, before they start practicing tomorrow for their Sunday home contest against Tennessee.
Green Bay Packers’ defensive back Charles Woodson says he’d like to play in at least one game before the post-season. The veteran suffered a broken collarbone on October 21st. There was talk that he might return for yesterday’s victory at Chicago, but he was not medically cleared. Woodson said he did not suffer a setback, and he was only being withheld as a precaution. The Packers have two regular season games left against Tennessee on Sunday at Lambeau Field, and at Minnesota on December 30th. Woodson said he’d like to get into a game and get used to the speed again – but he and the coaches have yet to talk about that.