Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 10/13/11
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It wasnt the way that James Jones wanted his season to begin after signing a new, three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers. One target. One catch. One yard. Jones voiced his frustration after the game, a 42-34 Packers win, but not about those numbers. It was his lack of time on the field, playing only 19 of Green Bays 62 offensive snaps. But over the last three weeks, Jones has been much more involved in the offense. He had team-highs on Sunday at Atlanta with five catches and 140 yards. His seven targets from quarterback Aaron Rodgers were also tied for the most on the team with Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson. Jones also had the highlight-reel play of the game with a 70-yard touchdown reception. From an offensive strategy perspective, Jones said that nothing has changed from Weeks 1 to 5, but his numbers tell a much different story. We have too many weapons, so every game you go into, were not going to have five catches for 140 (yards), Jones said. We wish we could, but one week its going to be your week and the next week its not. Youve just got to take the punches, but when your time comes, just make a play. Thats all we try to do. Rodgers lobbied to Packers management to re-sign Jones this offseason following the end of the NFL lockout. Then, after Week 1, Rodgers asked that fans and media dont make too big a deal about Jones lack of playing time. Even after that game, as frustrated as Jones was, he was still happy to be with a winning team and to have a quarterback who supports him publicly. I never doubted my decision (to re-sign with Green Bay), Jones said Thursday. I know why I came back and thats to win championships. I just want to be a part of it, on the field, making plays. You dont play this game to sit on the sideline. It was being with a winning team that also kept Nelson with the Packers. Nelson, who seemed to pass Jones on the depth chart early this season, extended his contract with Green Bay following a Week 4 rout of the Denver Broncos. Nelson talked at length about how important playing for a winning team was as he considered his potential free agent options next winter. Jones got to experience life as a Super Bowl champion, and, though other teams expressed interest in signing him, he didnt mind not being a starter with the Packers if it meant team success. When youre losing, it doesnt matter how much money you make, Jones said. Its going to be stressful. I feel like we have something going here. Money will come. Money is money. If you play good, youll get money no matter where youre at. Coming back here, I felt like we had the opportunity to continue getting in the playoffs and continue competing for a championship and thats why I made the decision to come back. Now that Jones is back in a more primary role in the gameplans of coach Mike McCarthy and the offense, the 27-year-old wide receiver has put his early season frustrations to rest. I never lost confidence, Jones said. My coaches know what I can do. All my teammates know what I was saying (after Week 1). It wasnt built on any selfish-type stuff or about me not having the ball. Im just a competitor. I feel like Im one of the players in here that can help my team win. Thats all I wanted to do. Its never been about me trying to go out there and catch 10 footballs, because if I did that, Id be mad every game because we have so many weapons.
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