Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Vikings Jennings hopes to 'get this thing turned around'

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings off the field, Vikings offense Updated: October 29, 2013 - 9:56 PM

Vikings receiver Greg Jennings followed Aaron Rodgers’ lead and didn’t say much about his lengthy chat Sunday with his former quarterback. The two had an on-field talk after the Vikings' 44-31 loss to the Packers at the Metrodome.

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to see [Rodgers] face-to-face, see those guys face to face, and experience that from a different perspective,” Jennings said Tuesday. “It was a unique deal. It was different being on another sideline and in a different uniform. Obviously the outcome wasn’t what we hoped as a team, but hopefully we can get this thing turned around.”

Jennings joked to one of the children at a Starkey Hearing Foundation event to throw him the ball because, “I haven’t caught it in a minute.” The wideout had one reception for nine yards against the Packers. He was targeted three times despite playing 38 of the team’s 47 offensive snaps.

“It’s a rough time,” Jennings said.  “It’s humbling. No pun intended with the kid on catching the ball, just a couple days off. But it’s just one of those things where you learn to grow in every situation and you’re humbled in every situation if you allow yourself to be. That’s where I am now.”

Jennings has 25 catches for 336 yards and two touchdowns through seven games. Take away the eight-game season he had last year because of a groin injury, and Jennings is on pace to have his least productive season since his rookie year.

“Everything takes time, everything is a process,” Jennings said. “Nothing just comes like that. We’ll see, maybe this latter half of the year is our time, maybe not. We’re going to continue to work to win games, to be successful on the football field and give our fans something to cheer for.”

--MASTER TESFATSION

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