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Jennings looking like top beneficiary of Finley’s absence

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By Michael Blunda

Somebody in Green Bay had to pick up all the targets left behind by TE Jermichael Finley, who's out for the season with a knee injury. WR Greg Jennings looks to be that guy.

In Sunday's overtime loss to the Dolphins, Jennings posted his first 100-yard game of the season, snagging six passes for 133 yards and a TD, which came on an 86-yard bomb. With only two catches in each of his last three games entering Sunday, Jennings had largely been shut down because of defenses game-planning to prevent the deep ball. However, the Packers' coaches made it a point to get Jennings the ball more often, and it resulted in his best game of 2010.

While his owners were likely worried that he would never get going, Jennings should have quite a few more games like this the rest of the way. QB Aaron Rodgers will do all he can to get the ball to the team's most explosive threat, giving the wideout a chance to put up numbers close to what he had in 2007 and '08. Hopefully you were able to trade for him while his value was low.

The other guy picking up extra targets with Finley sidelined is WR Jordy Nelson, who had four catches for 64 yards Sunday. With Donald Driver also dealing with an injury, Nelson should see his playing time increase and is someone to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

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