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Dolphins reportedly may make serious run at Greg Jennings

Greg-Jennings-PackersGreg Jennings will be a free agent after the season and has stated that he doesn’t expect to be back with the Green Bay Packers. The team has the option to franchise tag him, but they have plenty of depth at wide receiver and might not be inclined to do so. One team reportedly likely to pursue him is the Miami Dolphins.

According to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, the Dolphins “will consider making a serious run at Jennings in March.”

Jennings would be a natural fit with the Dolphins. Miami head coach Joe Philbin was the offensive coordinator in Green Bay when Jennings developed into a top receiver for the team. Jennings has recorded two 1,200+ receiving yards seasons and has caught at least nine touchdowns in a season four times.

Jennings missed half the season with a groin injury, and a knee injury kept him from playing in three games last season. But he has been productive in the games he’s played. He’s only 29 and he remains a good playmaker when healthy. Jennings would be a good free agent signing, especially for a team like Miami that has $47 million in cap space and few playmakers.

H/T Rotoworld

Greg Jennings would prefer to play on the road over Lambeau Field in playoffs

Greg-Jennings-PackersThe Green Bay Packers have always had one of the best home-field advantages in football, especially late in the season and into the playoffs. The cold Wisconsin weather typically works in the Packers’ favor, as most of the players are used to the elements unlike teams that visit from warmer climates. However, not all of Green Bay’s players consider it an advantage.

On Wednesday, Greg Jennings told the Journal Sentinel that there are a number of reasons he feels more comfortable away from Lambeau Field in January.

“I’m not opposed to playing (at home),” Jennings said. “Obviously, with our crowd and our fans, that’s what we want as a team. But going on the road, being isolated away from everyone, I think the focus level and the sense of urgency is just a tad higher because you’re dependent on your teammate. You travel, you’re in a hotel – you’re all together. It’s you guys against everyone else outside of that hotel.”

The seventh-year receiver said he knows his response isn’t what Packers fans want to hear, but he also said he could live without having to play in cold weather.

“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he would prefer a dome. “I mean absolutely, I would be on turf, quick. Dome. Are you kidding me? If you let it affect you, it’s going to affect you. I’m not one that lets it affect me. I don’t particularly care for it, but it’s not an issue.”

If you remember, Jennings also said fans get too grabby during the Lambeau leap earlier this season. People like this may love January home games at Lambeau Field, but I’m sure Jennings isn’t the only one who dislikes playing outdoors. Not to mention, Jennings was on the Packers teams that lost to the New York Giants at home in the playoffs in 2007 and last year. And when Green Bay won the Super Bowl a couple of years ago, they did so as a wild card team. If they want to win another in 2012, they’ll have to overcome the cold weather at least once.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Greg Jennings puts James Jones’ car on blocks as prank (Pictures)

Green Bay Packers wide receivers Greg Jennings and James Jones have been going back and forth pranking each other’s cars, and Jennings got his teammate good on Monday.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Jennings had a local car company remove the tires from Jones’ car as a prank for Jones’ son’s birthday.

The Press Gazette says Jones’ truck was filled with silly string and had paint covering the windows. The front window was completely whited out with the words “Go Pack Go,” written on it while the passenger’s seat said: “Happy birthday Lil J.J,” which was a nod to Jones’ son.

Fellow wide receiver Jordy Nelson told the Press Gazette that Jones had Jennings’ car filled with packing peanuts for his 29th birthday last month. This was Jennings’ retribution.

“This what I do o people who try to prank me. Got Cha James Jones89,” Jennings wrote on Twitter.

Whether it’s removing tires from cars, filling them with buttered popcorn, or even hiding cars, athletes LOVE to run vehicle pranks on one another. Hey, they have long seasons, can’t blame them for getting creative to keep things fun and fresh.

Here’s another look at the car:

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Greg Jennings says fans, particularly men, get grabby during the Lambeau Leap

The Lambeau Leap is a tradition unlike any other in sports. Packers players have a seemingly closer connection with their fans than any other team in the NFL, and that is do in large part to the Lambeau Leap. However, Greg Jennings reminded us on Thursday that there are some — gasp — negatives to the most famous touchdown celebration in football.

“I try to go away from the men because the men get a little grabby,” Jennings told Erik Kuselias of NBC Sports Radio, according to Pro Football Talk.  “The women get grabby too but them men it’s like come on, really, seriously? I’m another guy.”

There’s no telling what happens under those pile-ups when the beer is flowing and the testosterone is spiking. A little grabbage comes with the territory.

Jennings also talked about a fellow receiver who is expected to do the Lambeau Leap a lot this season, Jordy Nelson. Many view Nelson as one of the most underrated players in football, and Jennings thinks he knows why.

“I think for whatever reason a guy looks across at Jordy, number one, they’re going to think ,‘He’s a white guy he’s not that fast,’ but he has game,” he said. “Bottom line he can play. He can catch the ball, he can make things happen when he gets the ball in his hands. You’ve got to take him serious, I’ll tell you that, when you line up across from him.”

Nelson said nearly the exact same thing last season and we have heard it from a white running back in the past as well. If last year’s 1,263-yard, 15-touchdown season didn’t open the eyes of opponents, they’re going to get burned again by Nelson in 2012.

Greg Jennings Fumbled But Call Was Not Overturned (Picture)

Greg Jennings appeared to lose a fumble during the first quarter of the Giants-Packers playoff game, but the refs ruled him down and a challenge was upheld. After maintaining possession, the Packers proceeded to score a touchdown to tie the game at 10.

Both Joe Buck and Troy Aikman thought the call should have been overturned. So did former VP of Officiating, Mike Pereira.

“To me the ball is being ripped out,” Pereira explained on the telecast. “There was indecision on the field when they made the call initially, so there was some question there. It is a judgment call .. but if I was under the hood, I would have reversed this to a fumble with a clear recovery by the Giants.”

If the Packers end up winning the game, many people will point to the blown call as one of the turning points in the game. The decision not to overturn the initial ruling conceivably cost the Giants seven points.