Janis had his contract terminated by the Browns on Friday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Janis was competing for a depth receiver role with the Browns, but his biggest strength was considered to be his special teams acumen. He spent his first four seasons with the Packers, but he was hoping for a new home in Cleveland. However, he has been sent packing once again and will be forced to find a new opportunity. His aforementioned special teams production will presumably elicit some calls from other teams.
Janis was held without a catch during Friday's preseason game against the Bills.
Janis was targeted four times during his 11 offensive snaps but was unable to come down with any of them. The receiver has never been much of an offensive threat at the pro level, but he still has a great chance of making the Browns' roster given his proficiency on special teams.
Janis was absent from Saturday's practice due to a knee injury, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Janis spent most of last season serving as a special teams player in Green Bay and will take aim at a similar role for the Browns this season. His attempt at earning a 53-man spot will temporarily be put on hold by the knee injury, and there's no indication at this point how long he's expected to remain sidelined.
Janis signed with the Browns on Friday.
A 2014 seventh-round pick, Janis primarily played on special teams during his four seasons in Green Bay, though he's best known for a 145-yard, two-touchdown performance in the divisional round of the 2015 playoffs, highlighted by a Hail Mary that sent the game to overtime. He never got a chance to build on that huge game, falling back to the bottom of the depth chart when the Green Bay receiving corps returned to health the following season. Assuming he sticks on the roster, Janis likely will make his mark in Cleveland on special teams, as the Browns appear set at wide receiver with the trio of Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and Corey Coleman.
Janis caught two passes for 12 yards over 16 games during the 2017 season.
Janis did not catch a pass until Week 16, and the five targets he saw all season were his fewest since his rookie year of 2014. However, he managed to stay on the roster all season thanks to his superior skills on punt and kick coverage. With just 17 receptions over four seasons Janis is no longer really a fantasy prospect, but his work on special teams will give him a chance to stick around with the Packers in 2018.
Janis logged 12 offensive snaps and caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Saturday's 16-0 loss to the Vikings.
Primarily a special-teams contributor, Janis was pressed into his most extensive action on offense this season with No. 1 receiver Davante Adams (concussion) ruled out and fellow wideout Jordy Nelson (shoulder) departing early. Janis' workload still left him behind Randall Cobb (61 snaps), Geronimo Allison (53), Michael Clark (28) and Trevor Davis (16), so even if both Adams and Nelson are sidelined Week 17 against the Lions, Janis shouldn't be expected to dramatically boost his numbers.
Janis will open the regular season on the Packers' 53-man roster.
The Packers drafted a couple receivers later in this year's draft, but neither of them was able to overtake Janis, and he will have a roster spot heading into Week 1 for the fourth season in a row. He doesn't figure to see much action on offense but is on track to be the team's primary kick returner and also play a key role on other special teams units.
Janis caught three passes for 63 yards in Saturday's preseason victory over the Redskins.
Janis was productive for the second straight exhibition outing and is averaging 20.8 yards on his four preseason receptions, while also adding a score. Given the Packers' wide receiver depth, it's more of a question if he'll make the cut than if he'll be involved in the offense when the regular season begins. However, he's a key special teams player and is the only Packer to return a kick this preseason, so he's looking like a good bet to break camp on the roster.
Janis caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in Thursday's preseason victory over the Eagles.
Janis made a nice move to get open for the score, but he also dropped the only other ball thrown his direction. He has a good chance to make the cut given his special teams abilities, but it's unlikely he will be anything more than a depth option at the wide receiver position if he does.
Janis is unlikely to be anything more than a special-teams player in 2017, ESPN's Mike Clay reports.
The highlight of Janis' three-year career to date is likely his performance in the 2015 playoff game against the Cardinals in which the 2014 seventh-rounder caught a Hail Mary touchdown to force overtime. Other than that, Janis has only flashed on occasion as a situational downfield threat. Fortunately, he's one of the best special-teams players the Packers employ, which should help his case in securing a roster spot ahead of the 2017 campaign.
Janis finished this season with 11 receptions (on 19 targets) for 93 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played. He also rushed twice for 38 yards and another score.
Janis' size and speed combination has made him an alluring commodity since entering the league as a seventh-round pick in 2014, and although this season was his most productive yet, the Saginaw Valley product remains a sparingly-used target in Green Bay's offense. Until he becomes more consistently involved, Janis figures to remain on the periphery of fantasy radars, but the fact that 2017 is the final year on his current contract could motivate Janis to make a bigger impact next season.
Janis (quadriceps) was a full participant in Thursday's practice session.
Janis was limited in practice Wednesday but he appears to be healthy now and is expected to play without limitation in Sunday's NFC championship game against Atlanta.
Janis (quadriceps) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, ESPN reports.
Janis has been nursing an injured quadriceps for over a week now, but managed to play through the pain during last Sunday's showdown against the Cowboys. Look for him to up his participation in practice Thursday or Friday.
Janis played only one snap on offense in Sunday's playoff victory over the Cowboys, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
The Packers were short a receiver Sunday with Jordy Nelson (ribs) sidelined, but Janis was banged up himself coming into the game and was not part of the offensive game plan. Expect Janis to continue serving as depth at the wide receiver position while seeing most of his action on special teams.
Janis (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Cowboys.
The wideout was deemed questionable heading into the weekend, but his limited participation in practices Thursday and Friday were enough for the Packers to clear him to play. Janis will move up a peg on the depth chart this week with Jordy Nelson (ribs) out, but he'll still only be the team's No. 4 wideout behind Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison.
Janis (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game versus the Cowboys.
Janis missed Wednesday's practice before returning in a limited capacity Thursday. Although he was estimated for another limited session Friday, it remains unclear whether Janis will be available this weekend. With Jordy Nelson (ribs) already ruled out, the Packers will certainly hope to avoid another receiving absence, as they'd be down to just four wideouts if Janis can't play.
Janis (quadriceps) was limited in practice Thursday.
Janis is making progress after failing to take part in practice Wednesday. Look for his status in Friday's session to be major indicator of his availability Sunday against the Cowboys. The special teamer provides depth at the wide receiver for the Packers, but should he be ruled out, rookie Trevor Davis would likely fill his role.
Janis (quadriceps) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
The third-year pro is almost exclusively a special teamer at this point in his career, returning the occasional kickoff and handling coverage responsibilities on both kickoffs and punts. With a quadriceps injury in tow, Janis is in danger of missing his first game since his rookie campaign. However, he has two more chances to make his presence felt at practice rather than the trainer's room in advance of Sunday's divisional-round game at Dallas.
Janis played in 16 offensive snaps but wasn't targeted in Sunday's 38-13 win over the Giants.
Janis was held without a target for the fifth week in a row and appears to be almost entirely phased out of the offense with Geronimo Allison taking over as the team's No. 4 wideout.
Janis played in 12 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Lions but was not targeted in the contest.
Janis continues to fade in the Packers' offensive game plan, as he only has three receptions since Week 9. Geronimo Allison has emerged as one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite young pass catchers, leaving little room for Janis in the playbook.