The Green Bay Packers‘ offense is as explosive as you will see in the NFL today. With arguably the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers at the helm, the Packers have put up remarkable numbers over the past few seasons.
Rodgers isn’t the only person on the offense though. He has a plethora of wide receivers that are playmakers all over the field and at times, make Rodgers look even better than he is. One of the biggest threats on the outside for Green Bay is seventh-year man, James Jones.
During the 2012-2013 season, Jones started in 15 out of 16 games and had 64 receptions for 784 yards and 14 touchdowns. Most of Jones’ starts came because of injuries to Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings. Regardless to why he was out there, Jones was productive when he was on the field.
Jones is a decent-sized receiver (6-foot-1, 208 pounds) but his physicality, toughness and great hands make him a great weapon for Rodgers. Last season, it showed. Rodgers had great trust in Jones and went to him on numerous occasions in big spots throughout games.
The biggest performance for Jones was late in the year vs. the Tennessee Titans, where he had seven catches for 100 yards and a touchdown to his name. However, in my eyes, his breakout game was Week 15 against the rival Chicago Bears in windy Soldier Field. Jones had five catches for 60 yards and a whopping three touchdowns to help lead the Packers to a big 21-13 road win.
Even with his breakout season last year, Jones still flies under the radar in many analysts’ minds.
Most talk solely about Cobb, Nelson and Jermichael Finley. In week 1 vs. the San Francisco 49ers, Jones was certainly not involved. He was only targeted twice by Rodgers and had many fans (and fantasy owners) in a frenzy. However, in Week 2 vs. the Washington Redskins, he emerged once again with an unbelievable performance. Jones finished with 11 catches for 178 yards.
His performance in Week 2 proves the professionalism that Jones displays. He did not hang his head after Week 1. Instead, he worked hard and got back to his old ways.
After his performance in San Fran, Jones was quoted in the Green Bay Gazette saying, “I don’t go into a game trying to get 160 yards and we come out with a loss. The ultimate goal is to win the game and that’s why it’s a team game. If I’m not making plays, that’s why we’ve got other receivers and that’s why we’ve got other playmakers. Nothing’s wrong with me. I’m just out there trying to help my team win.”
Any Packers fan should love what Jones said, and can believe that he will be a playmaker for this team throughout the rest of the season along with the talented receiving core. He may still fly under the radar to some, but to me, he is certainly one of the best.