Originally posted on Packers Notes  |  Last updated 2/22/13
Veteran James Jones led all wide receivers in touchdown catches last season During a Tuesday morning appearance on the NFL Network’s NFL AM, James Jones said he was prepared to take on the role as Green Bay’s No. 1 wide receiver. ”I’m ready,” opined the six-year vet from San Jose State. “I work very hard every year. I’m ready to take in that role if we don’t get Greg Jennings back. Hopefully, I can continue to have some success, make some plays and help my team win.” I’ve been a big Jones supporter for years. In 2008, I predicted Pro Bowls in his future. In 2011, I urged GM Ted Thompson to re-sign him – even if it meant getting rid of Donald Driver. And just last spring, I argued against the idea of trading him. But as much as I admire Jones, I also know that he’s not a No. 1 receiver. Jones enjoyed his best season in 2012. He established personal highs in receptions (65), yards (784) and touchdowns (14), which led the league. But even in a career year, the only number that screamed No. 1 receiver was the 14 touchdowns. The other numbers were more befitting of what Jones is – an excellent No. 3 and a good No. 2. He simply doesn’t have the physical skills between the 20s to be a No. 1. He takes too much time to get into his routes and he struggles to separate in the middle of the field. If anybody is going to replace Jennings, it’ll be Jordy Nelson. But truth be told, the Packers probably don’t have a true No. 1 receiver under contract. That’s why it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Thompson use an early draft pick on a wide receiver. In the meantime, it’s not so bad having three No. 2s. In fact, it sure as heck beats having a No. 1 and absolutely nothing else (I’m talking about you Chicago and Detroit).
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