Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) is tackled by New York Giants strong safety Antrel Rolle (26) after making a catch during the first half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won the game 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Jennings On Vikings’ Struggles: “A Humbling Experience”


Lucky Greg Jennings got a chance on Wednesday to address his old pals in the Wisconsin media via conference call. Once all the dumb questions about Jennings’ offseason “spat” with Aaron Rodgers were gotten out of the way, reporters got down to asking real questions about football.

Jennings was naturally queried about the Vikings’ QB merry-go-round and how it has felt playing with three different starters in six games. “It’s been a challenge but life throws you a lot of challenge, a lot of adversity, a lot of curveballs, and it’s been no different,” Jennings said. “It’s something that has been a humbling experience but it’s been one that we can grow from and we have to build on.”

Asked about the specific challenges of having to work with so many different QBs, Jennings replied, “Timing, getting in sync with the quarterback, getting familiar with what he sees vs. what just one guy sees.

“You have to deal with what three different guys are seeing, what they’re expecting, what they’re anticipating for the last four weeks. It’s all about rhythming up and hopefully we can rhythm up with the guy who’s at the helm this week and we can have some success.”

What are Jennings’ thoughts about Josh Freeman, the man who started, and struggled so monumentally, on Monday night? “He’s a great guy. He’s a big, huge guy. He has incredible arm strength. I like his mind-set, I like the way he approaches the game. it’s all about rhythming up and getting that timing down.”

But as we’ve learned, Freeman won’t be starting this Sunday when Jennings and the Vikings face the Packers. Freeman is out with “concussion-like symptoms” and Christian Ponder will be back behind the wheel.

Asked about Ponder’s return to the lineup and how he is different from the other two QBs Jennings said, “I’m not trying to compare quarterbacks. I have enough comparisons to make just trying to rhythm up with three different guys over here. I’m not trying to remember what took place with Aaron. That was last year and years prior. All I can do now is rhythm up with my quarterbacks, watch film with them and make sure I’m doing my job to make his job that much easier.”

Rhythm up. I like that term and obviously so does Jennings. I’m going to find ways of using that in real life. “I wasn’t speeding officer, I was just trying to rhythm up with the speed limit. I’ve got to work harder on rhythming up.” Yeah, that will work.

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