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 regrets some critical comments about Packers

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings off the field, Vikings offense Updated: October 23, 2013 - 1:03 PM

Greg Jennings took a sorrowful tone Tuesday when discussing his relationship with the Packers.

The receiver, who spent seven seasons in Green Bay before signing with the Vikings in the offseason, said he wished he could rephrase some of the critical words used to describe the Packers earlier in the season.

“It’s a phenomenal organization,” Jennings said of the Packers.  “I had to make my departure. There were some things said that, man, if I could say it over again I would re-word it so that it can be conveyed a little differently. But they were said, and I can’t focus on that. I need to focus on the now and who am I am and what I am now.”

Jennings previously said he was “brainwashed to think anyone in the division is tiers below,” when he signed with the Packers and also said Aaron Rodgers lacked leadership skills. The wide receiver said he wished those comments never happened.

”I know this is a rivalry, but I don’t hate anyone over there,” Jennings said. “The organization was great to me, fans were great to me and the guys continue to be great to me. I still have relationships with those guys, and I’ll forever have relationships for those guys.”

The Vikings will face the Packers on Sunday in the Jennings’ first game against his former team. While he had consistency at the quarterback position in Green Bay, the Vikings made their third quarterback change of this season this week. Christian Ponder will start at quarterback, as Josh Freeman deals with a concussion.

“Anytime you have to take a backseat, anytime you have to sit down for a minute, it gives you time to reflect,” Jennings said on Ponder. “I think he’s done that. I think he’s seen how important it is to play at a high level at that position, but even more importantly how important that position is to the overall success of the team and what it takes to actually hold that position. It’s not just about your quarterback play, it’s about how you lead off the field as well and on the field. I think he’s had an opportunity to see that.”

-- MASTER TESFATSION

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