Pregame warmup: Could be big night for WRs Jared Abbrederis, Jeff Janis

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 16, 2016 – 6:00 pm

GLENDALE, Ariz. — With WR Davante Adams (knee) sidelined for the Packers tonight against the Cardinals in the NFC divisional playoff, that’ll mean more snaps for a pair of second-year receivers, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis.

Last week, Abbrederis (pictured) had two catches for 14 yards, plus a two-point conversion reception. He has made at least one catch in four of the last six games. Janis, on the other hand, has not caught a pass since making two grabs for 79 yards back in Week 6 vs. San Diego. The bulk of Janis’ playing time this season has come on special teams, as a gunner on punt coverage and as the kickoff returner.

The last time the Packers played a playoff game here at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Cardinals, a second-year pass-catcher set a franchise playoff record with 159 receiving yards. It was tight end Jermichael Finley.

Getting healthy: Packers CBs Sam Shields and Quinten Rollins were both questionable with injuries, but both are active and expected to play. Shields has missed the last four games with a concussion, and Rollins exited last week’s game with a quad injury.

The Packers didn’t have Shields for the first meeting with Arizona in Week 16, so the matchups against the Cardinals’ receivers will change. It’s possible Shields, as Green Bay’s fastest corner, will guard John Brown, Arizona’s fastest receiver.

The Packers are also back to full strength on the offensive line, which was not the case three weeks ago. With David Bakhtiari in the lineup at left tackle, the Packers’ starting offensive line is intact for the first time since Nov. 22 at Minnesota. It’s also just the eighth time in 18 games that Green Bay’s preferred starting five will be together this season.

Rush the passer: The Packers racked up six sacks in a game last week for the fourth time this season, and the pass rush against Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will be key again tonight.

Can the Packers keep the heat on the QB? Check out this story for more.

What’s next: The winner of tonight’s game advances to the NFC Championship, but the site of the game next Sunday is yet to be determined. For a rundown on the playoff scenarios, check out the latest post of “Road to the Super Bowl.”


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