That's the scenario for Green Bay wideout Jeff Janis coming into the 2015 season. Janis didn't see much of the field last season, active only for three games in the 2014-15 campaign.
But with Jordy Nelson doing more helping than reps in OTAs this year, Janis has made strides with the starters.
"I think Jeff's improving and like you said, he's got a lot of quality reps with Aaron (Rodgers)," McCarthy said. "He's got a lot of quality reps with Aaron going up the field. Catching the ball better. Obviously being in sync with Aaron has been a big help."
The 7th-round pick in the 2014 draft played college football at Saginaw Valley State. He's hoping to follow the footsteps of other less-known receivers turned stars via the Packers coaching system.
"I think I've really gotten better at running routes and things like that and watching the older guys and seeing how they do things, I think that's one thing I've gotten a lot better at," Janis said. "Just mentally being on the same page with the quarterbacks. It's a lot different going with Aaron because he's on a whole other level, but like I said I try to take advantage of all the reps that I get and try to make plays whenever he comes my way."
Mini-camp runs Tuesday through Thursday this coming week. Practices on Tuesday and Thursday will be open to the public at 10:30 a.m. on Clarke Hinkle Field.