James Jones was in pain. He just wouldn't tell anybody about it.
Since Oct. 13, the former Green Bay Packers wide receiver played through his sprained posterior cruciate ligament. Behind team walls, he rarely brought it up.
All teammates saw was his smile fade.
"There were some days where he was moaning and groaning," Packers receiver Myles White said. "But he never complained about it. Whenever he could suit up, he suited up. He brought it every day."
Now, Jones is Oakland-bound and Green Bay is counting on youth to emerge at wide receiver, again. In Jones, they lose experience, toughness, productivity. It's on Jarrett Boykin, White, maybe a draft pick and/or others to step up beyond Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in 2014.
A "standard" was set, White repeats. The Packers offense runs, first, through a full menu of receiving options. General manager Ted Thompson assembled one of the league's deepest receiving corps.
Jones will be missed.
"He's been there so long," White said. ...