Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/24/13

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 12: Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with a 'Lambeau leap' after catching a two-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC divisional playoff game on January 12, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Seahawks 42-20 to advance to the NFC championship game. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jordy Nelson & James Jones (Photo Credit: AP) Since the 2006 NFL Draft, wide receiver Greg Jennings has been a prolific part of the Green Bay Packers offense.  He was one of Brett Favre’s and Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets, including catching Favre’s record breaking career touchdown pass.  Now, Jennings has left the Packers for the team he caught that record touchdown against, the Minnesota Vikings.  Jennings’ departure means Aaron Rodgers will have to find another “go to” target.  Granted, Jennings did miss a majority of the last two seasons with injuries.  But when he was on the field, he was a major contributor to the team, including catching two touchdowns in the Packers Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Now Jennings is gone and his void is left to be filled. Jordy Nelson has slowly become Rodgers favorite target over the past couple seasons.  During his first three seasons, Nelson only caught six touchdowns and had only 1,200 receiving yards.  In 2011, Nelson had his coming out party.  He nearly tripled his career touchdown mark by catching 15 touchdowns, and had 1,283 receiving yards, matching his combined career total.  The stats are only part of what makes Nelson a favorite of Rodgers.  He always seems to be on the receiving end of the back shoulder throw that Rodgers has mastered.  Nelson also seems to make that clutch first down catch when the Packers need it. Another component of the Packers passing game is James Jones.  During his first couple years in the league, Jones was a work in progress.  While he did have his occasional glimpse of greatness, Jones also came with growing pains.  There were many times that Jones just simply could not catch the football.  Whether it was a routine catch or a ball that would hit him square between the numbers, Jones could not hold on.  He also had ball security issues, fumbling the football after getting hit by a defender.  Toward the end of the 2011 season, something changed in Jones.  Whether it was the new gloves he got or just new confidence, it seemed Jones was ready to take that next step to becoming a great wide receiver.  Jones was now catching those balls that should be caught, while also making a few highlight reel catches.  With Nelson, Jennings, and tight end Jermichael Finley hurt, Jones carried the load for the Packers receiving core.  He caught a career high 14 touchdowns and 784 receiving yards.  Jones proved he was a reliable target and is now ready to become that number one wide receiver. Along with the developmental wide out Randall Cobb and the aforementioned Finley, the Packers receivers look ready for the upcoming season.  With this many offensive weapons, Aaron Rodgers will have to pick and choose who will help him tear apart opposing defenses.  The only thing Rodgers will have to worry about is keeping all his targets happy.  Hopefully, after this season, Packers fans will be asking “Greg who?”
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dolphins DC Coyle more likely to be fired than Philbin

Jerry Jones: It’s hard to beat Brees with ‘limited’ Weeden

Report: Cowboys fear Lance Dunbar has torn ACL, MCL

Adam Schefter: Richard Sherman blocked me on Twitter

Martellus Bennett compared Jay Cutler to Jesus

Jimmy Johnson thinks 49ers need to move on from Colin Kaepernick


Pat Murphy won't be back as Padres manager next year

Brian Cushing's wife gets upset with Houston talk show host

Marshawn Lynch won't play against Lions on MNF

DeMarco Murray unhappy with role in Eagles' offense

Big 12 admits officiating error in Oklah St-K State game

George Karl apologized to DeMarcus Cousins for trade comment

NFL stock report: Who is rising, falling after Week 4?

Top 10 takeaways from Sunday’s Week 4 NFL action

Eight notable NFL Week 4 winners and losers

Professor moves student’s exam to accommodate Cubs playoff game

WATCH: Adrian Peterson torches Broncos for marathon touchdown

Don Orsillo gives moving farewell to Red Sox fans on NESN

WATCH: Ichiro Suzuki takes the mound for the Marlins

Clay Matthews taunts Kaepernick with Russell Wilson line

Jay Feely shares thoughts on why NFL kickers are struggling

Female reporters blocked from entering NFL locker room

Pierre Garcon makes awesome game-winning TD catch

WATCH: Mario Williams obliterates Rashad Jennings

WATCH: Ed Dickson scores TD on crazy fumble recovery

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 takeaways from Sunday’s Week 4 NFL action

Eight notable NFL Week 4 winners and losers

Jimmy Johnson: Move on from Kaepernick

WATCH: Ichiro Suzuki pitches for the Marlins

Philbin not worried about job status

London PR guy trolls Suh

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

Rick Pitino and the shadows that never leave

Chad Johnson ... Steelers kicker?

Flacco deserves more from the Ravens

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker