2014 NFL Free Agency: Evaluating James Jones’ Potential Impact for New York Jets
New York Jets general manager John Idzik and company are hopefully preparing to upgrade their roster. There are some issues on defense when discussing pass coverage. Both safety and corner could use an upgrade. These two positions should be addressed, but one problem must get fixed quickly.
Receiver represented a major liability for rookie quarterback Geno Smith. He never received the chance to play with what would be considered dangerous playmakers. Santonio Holmes went in and out of action while Stephen Hill never developed. Starting quality talent must come this offseason. Recently I have and will continue to evaluate potential free agent wideouts in regards to their possible fit with Gang Green.
This time we will take a look at current Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones. Here is someone who throughout his career has demonstrated blazing speed. Statistical decline took place last season while going from 14 touchdown receptions in 2012 to three scores during the 2013 campaign. There were some other considerations that played a role. Injuries limited Jones to 14 games, and he only had five fewer catches than his previous year. Aaron Rodgers going down also hurt production. If he were to end up as a Jet, Jones could face uncertainty as Smith is not guaranteed to start next season. If last year’s starter does stay in the lineup Jones could benefit from his arm strength, though, as these two would likely connect on several deep plays.
Add this potential big-play threat with another solid free agent or draft pick and the Jets could field a much improved passing attack. While Jones would not be my first choice, he certainly would be an upgrade over what they have now.