John Jefferson probably won't be in a Green Bay uniform next season. Though still a starter, the 28-year-old All-Pro receiver may have worked himself out of the Packers' future game plan. Jefferson has occasionally had trouble adjusting routes on blitz situations, and offensive coordinator Bob Schnelker concedes Jefferson lacks speed and isn't playing up to the team's expectations. Jefferson's 1984 stats show 21 catches for 253 yards (a 12.0-yard average) and no touchdowns.
Recently, J.J., who's in the final year of his contract, has kept a low profile. "We don't need any more controversy around here," says Jefferson, who feels he's in the best shape ever of his seven-year career. He's 16 pounds lighter this season than last (down to 188), and stronger, thanks to a weightlifting program. "I'm a painfully shy person," he says. "I'm more relaxed on the field than anywhere else. I feel safe running out that tunnel, as long as my teammates protect me. It's hard to think about moving and having to make new friends. It would be scary." On other occasions, however, he has talked about playing elsewhere, perhaps in Dallas or Denver.