WR James Jones
When James Jones headed to Oakland in 2014, not many expected to see him back in the green and gold. That was especially true when Jones caught a team-high 73 passes for 666 yards and six touchdowns during his first season with the Raiders.
But surprisingly, Jones was cut and would head to the Giants. Meanwhile, the Packers were gearing up for a deadly receiving trio of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. But then it all changed, with Nelson tearing his ACL in a preseason game in Pittsburgh.
A miracle happened days later with Jones being cut by the Giants. Ted Thompson knew what to do.
After posting a career-high 890 receiving yards with eight touchdowns as the Packers’ best receiver in 2015, should Jones receive a new deal in Green Bay? Or was he simply brought back for one year while Nelson recovered?
The Packers won’t want Jones to be the team’s No. 1 receiver, and he wouldn’t need to be with a returning Nelson. The question is whether they feel having Jones on the roster would hinder the young receiver’s development.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s about putting the best players on the field no matter their age. Jones should be—at worst—brought back to camp to compete for a roster spot.
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