Packers: WR Jones As Red-Zone Threat
Legendary senior writer jclombardi and Packers lead blogger predictions about WR Jones come forth.
Photo credit: Green Bay Press Gazette.
COMMENTARY: During the offseason, naive and misinformed Packers bloggers talked about trading the emerging red-zone threat wide receiver James Jones for a draft choice and so on. Now, after six games and lead wide receiver Greg Jennings out with an injured groin, Packers WR Jones has become a red-zone threat for the Packers and quarterback Rodgers.
Through six games, Jones leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns (seven) and has no drops. When he re-signed with the Packers before last season, Jones realized he'd be sacrificing targets. That's been the case. Last season, Jones was targeted only 55 times, fifth on the team. He had to make the most of his chances.
With a mixed personal review, PFF said in "Multiple Sides of James Jones":
Jones just keeps making plays, and big plays, which led to a +3.2 grade in this game and another two-touchdown performance. This is now his third straight game with a pair of scores, which puts his name alongside that of Don Hutson — the only receiver in history with a legitimate claim to be mentioned alongside Jerry Rice as the greatest ever — as the only Packers ever to do so. Jones obviously has skills, and his second touchdown was one of the best catches you will see as he made a one-handed catch through a defender to bring in an 18-yard touchdown over some pretty close coverage.
Strange, isn't it after only the preseason and six games into the 2012 NFL season, WR Jones is now the toast of the Packers press and critical Packers bloggers. As fans know, we have long said that WR Jones will have a great season deserving the earned respect. As WR Greg Jennings commented:
This is not a surprise for us because we’ve known this side of James, We’ve known him to be able to make plays. It’s just a matter of being more consistent with doing it on the field on Sundays. He’s been by far the best receiver we’ve had out on the football field.