Legendary senior writer jclombardi talks about WR Jones, football camp, and respect.
For the 4th straight year, today, Packers wide receiver James Jones hosts his youth football camp. The camp is held in his native San Jose, Cal. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the local Gunderson High School. The event is called "Never Think About Failure" Camp being sponsored by his Love Jones 4 Kids Foundation. The event is free to the first registered 200 kids aged 7 to 14, and of course, it is now packed.
As far as Packers wide receiver Jones, trade rumors, and respect issue, we agree with the majority of fans in the Packers nation having admiration and respect about this great Packers receiver. We have a deep talented receiving corps and football being a team sports. Last summer, QB Aaron Rodgers said, ”He should be priority No. 1. And I mean that with all my heart. He really should be priority No. 1. We don’t win the Super Bowl without him. And we need him. I think he’s as talented a player as we’ve got on the team, and I think his best football is in front of him. And I think he’s a valuable asset that we don’t want to get rid of.”
As a third or fourth wide receiver, James can get separation from defensive backs in crucial game situations. Thus, he has 20 touchdowns in three seasons on just 135 pass plays. Further, he drops no more passes than the rest of our elite receiving corps.
The Packers are very lucky to have WR Jones especially considering James' great life story told in his foundation's excerpts:
James D. Jones has become one of the most versatile players in the NFL. He had to overcome many obstacles growing up, as he and his mother moved around from different homeless shelters. James eventually moved in with his paternal grandmother during high school to help his mother get back on her feet.. He received a full athletic scholarship to San Jose State University where he majored in Sociology. At San Jose State James had a breakthrough 2006 senior season. His accomplishments his senior year earned him 2nd team All-WAC honors along with an invite to the NFL Combine. James was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 3rd round of the 2007 draft. He posted one of the top pass-catching seasons in Green Bay annals for a rookie, with his 47 catches and 676 yards both ranking fourth in club history.
We hope to see WR James have a productive year helping the Packers win another super bowl. Good luck!