The Green Bay Packers are known for having one of the best receiving corps in the NFL. That makes the recent news coming from Houston Chronicle’s Lance Zierlein that the Packers are shopping James Jones very interesting.
Jones is entering his seventh year in the league and had one of his best seasons last year, accumulating 38 receptions and seven touchdowns.
Currently Jones is behind Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson on the depth chart and is expected to have a bigger role in the offense this season as Donald Driver continues to see less time. As he starts to enter the prime of his career, you would think that the Packers would want to keep Jones and develop him into another big threat for Aaron Rodgers.
The downside of Jones is that he tends to drop the ball. Last season though he seemed to have corrected that problem and his chemistry with Rodgers seems to have improved. He caught 69.1 percent of passes targeted to him which was sixth best in the NFL. Jones has shown that he can be a big down-the-field playmaker and is a nice piece in the Packers’ offense.
However, with wide receiver being probably the deepest and most talented position for Green Bay, they are probably more likely to trade a receiver then any other position on the roster. With Jennings, Nelson and Jermichael Finley being main targets for Rodgers already, Jones becomes the most likely trading piece for the Packers if they want to improve other areas of the team.
Also, the Packers are very high on young receivers such as Randall Cobb and Tori Gurley. Both of whom are expected to make some contributions to Green Bay in the future and will get a good look at this training camp. Their performances this summer might also determine whether or not Jones will leave this offseason. If they show improvement and the ability to be on the 53-man roster, Jones will be likely to get traded.
So while this move seems somewhat surprising, General Manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy have made plenty of good judgement calls on player personnel and they must have reason for thinking of trading Jones. It will be interesting to see what the Packers are looking for in return and which player will take over Jones’ spot on the roster if he is traded.
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