James Jones of Green Bay Packers has Gone Missing Recently
I’m obsessed with wide receiver Randall Cobb and his beautiful eyes and, apparently, I’m not the only one.
Cobb has rightly been the focal point of the Green Bay offense in recent weeks and has been productive in the number one role. His emergence, however, has taken targets away from James Jones, who had put together the best stretch of his career in the first half of the season.
I’m all for making Cobb a centerpiece of the offense, but Jones should not be pushed to the side. Jones was not targeted a single time on Sunday night and only had four targets the previous week against the Detroit Lions, two of which he caught. Prior to the last two weeks, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was targeting Jones an average of seven times a game.
Jones had been stealing the show early in the season. In the first six games of the season, Jones pulled in seven touchdowns, and was even leading the league in touchdown receptions for a while. It wasn’t just the number, however; Jones was making circus catches against tough defenders game in and game out.
I’m hoping Sunday’s zero-target game was an aberration and that Jones will still be a large part of the game plan. The Giants clearly knocked the Packers out of their comfort zone and the defense dictated where Rodgers could going with the ball, so I don’t take the last two weeks as a sign that Green Bay is necessarily moving away from Jones.
It will be interesting to see how the return of Greg Jennings next week will change the amount of snaps and targets Jones, Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley receive. The Packers’ crazy depth at receiver has long been one of their top strengths, and every man in the receiving corps knows that, with the talent at the position, he has to make the most of every opportunity.