15. James Jones (Freddie’s pick)
Ted Thompson has a strong history of selecting wide receivers, and James Jones is definitely one of them. Selected in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Jones is beloved in Packers News and for good reason.
He was never the star of the show at wideout, and he didn’t need to be. But what Jones offered the Packers was a reliable receiver who had the trust of Aaron Rodgers. He might not be the quickest or the strongest, but his ability to go up and grab contested catches made him a valuable asset on offense for many years.
In his first seven years as a Packer, Jones tallied 4,305 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns. In 2012, he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns with 14.
In 2014, Jones departed in free agency to join the Raiders. He was their best receiver during Derek Carr’s rookie campaign, but was released at the end of the season.
With Jordy Nelson’s torn ACL hurting the Packers’ depth at receiver, Jones was a godsend for Thompson, who re-signed the veteran to a one-year deal. And in typical Jones fashion, he delivered with a team-high 890 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Jones is a classy act on and off the field, and he will always be welcomed in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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