For those of you who are bashing Jones for predicting that three of the Packers receivers can eclipse the 1,000 yard mark you must take a closer look at the statistics surrounding this team and these players. Just last season Green Bay was atop the NFL with a 9th ranked passing attack and had three receivers gain more than 740 yards–Jordy Nelson was also out for four games.
Jones had a breakout season in 2012 with a career-high 14 touchdowns and although he’s entering a contract year this season I don’t expect much to change for the six-year pro.
With Aaron Rodgers set to shred defenses again this year I honestly don’t see the Packers losing any steam. I would be shocked if indeed they don’t have the trifecta of 1,000 yard receivers in 2013. Not to mention the Packers still lack a consistent running game. Randall Cobb led the team with 954 yards in his rookie campaign so you can forecast an even better season from the speedster in 2013.
A healthy Nelson, Cobb and Jones make up the best wide receiver core in the league as they provide the perfect balance of speed, consistency and the ability to make big plays in the clutch. The scary thing about Green Bay is that they could easily have Tom Crabtree or another relative unknown emerge as all three of the team top targets weren’t drafted higher than the second-round.
Jones’ made plenty of waves when he said “I can see me, Jordy and Randall getting about 80 catches a piece. I can see us all having over 1,000 yards.”, and I believe that it will be accomplished by trio in 2013.