Glad Jones is back

I know I have ripped James Jones in the past and may do so again, but given the in my mind uncertain future of Donald Driver and the fragility of Jermichael Finley I am very happy Jones is back.

I think this is the year Driver hits the wall, much like the now retired Randy Moss did last year. With Greg Jennings emerging as one of the NFL’s best receivers and Jordy Nelson coming on strong late last year, add Jones back to that group and it is as solid as they come.

Driver may prove me wrong, he’s done so in the past and is a true pro who is always in game shape. If he is fully healed from the serious ankle injury he suffered in the Super Bowl he will not go down without a fight, but my top three wideouts are Jennings, Jordy and Jones.

How Finley fits in this is anybody’s guess, but that probably won’t be a problem for two many weeks considering his injury history. If he does stay healthy there won’t be enough balls to keep everybody happy. However, Finley would be the only one to openly complain about it. The jury is still out on him but he could turn T.O. at any time if he’s not happy.

The Packers’ passing game will be as potent as ever with Jones back and they also won’t have to rush Randall Cobb into action. If Aaron Rodgers can keep everybody happy they could be something really special on offense.

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  • chris

    but he could turn T.O. at any time if he’s not happy.
    Exactly why chances are with an arsenal that Ted will try to keep fully stocked he wont be a part of it…. Look, this guy is going to WANT to hit free agency and their is no wowing him with a first offer lol. GB should enjoy it while he’s playing his last year here! I’m very happy DJ Williams & Ryan Taylor look good with Crabs… And Cobb looks terrific early

  • Larry

    I was surprised that Jones didn’t get more activity as a FA given the depth chart. You wonder what other teams really thought of him.

    • Deek

      Instead of being grateful to his Offensive Team mates, JJ can still only think of himself.

      Despite Nelson’s emergence and Driver’s presence, Jones said his expectation is to be a starter alongside Jennings at some point.

      “That’s the plan,” Jones told the radio station. “Eventually I’m going to be a starter,” Jones said. “We wanted a three-year deal so we could get back to the market sooner. But hopefully I don’t get there. Hopefully, I do well and I can get an extension (from the Packers).”

      His mantra is still, “There might not be an “I” in TEAM, but there is a “ME!”

      • http://Orlando Mark

        Deek, if Jones isn’t trying to be a starter we don’t want him. I hope he improves because the ability is there.

  • Larry

    Jones being back means that Nelson leaves next year when his contract is up or Driver leaves this year or next. Cobb is a keeper and can’t be put on the practice squad. We can afford to cut Swain to keep 5 WO’s including Driver and Cobb but the TE position has some really strong players and 4 should make the team.

    There is only one football after all..and in the end I’d rather lose a Driver, Jones, Nelson than a Jennings or Finley (if healthy!) top 5 players at their position.

  • Pierre

    Jones knows the Packers system and he will be ready to go (with a shortened off season) and the first game against New Orleans coming up really soon. Rodgers comfort with Jones says a lot and the fact he was as vocal as he was to lobby for his return should eliminate any doubt as to his importance to the Packers offense. Jones has shown the ability to get open and he is a legitimate deep threat to spread the field. Jones has shown he can be a strong down field blocker as well. Just do not think that Rodgers would have advocated as much for JJ if his value to the team was not high. Who better to evaluate his importance to the Packer offense than Rodgers? Look for Jones to have a great season!

  • 4205

    Jones provides injury insurance for the Jennings, Nelson, and Driver. Allows Cobb to focus on returns and learning the offense, and is excellent trade bait for any other position that is decimated by injury in the coming weeks. Swain / Quarless / Crabtree are going to have an uphill battle against the rookies.

  • Rick

    The competition at WR and TE will allow the cream to rise to the top. Green Bay had a redzone weakness early last season because with a limited running game and no big fast TE to threaten the inside near the endzone Rodgers had to wing it the WRs and defenses could stay in cover 2. Now with a TE cornocopia and some healthy RBs, MM has some redzone threats that will keep Green Bay near the top of scoring.

    @4205 – I agree there is some serious challenges to make the final roster.

  • Larry

    your right on Rick…this group was assembled to get into the end zone. 3 power backs, 3 tall TE’s and a mismatch as an H-back in Williams. Crosby will be kicking lots of PATS this season!

    • 4205

      Hope you are right….any word on Jones $$’s….length of contract?

  • Larry

    I know it’s 3 year and more than I make!

    • Rick

      LOL :)

  • Packer’s Advocate

    If Sherrod is LG that bodes well for a passing attack. That’s where we’re loaded at. GBP’s should be looking to put up 40 points every game. That should help w/those 3/4 point loses. Could be a really, really fun year???

    I know Philly has three good DB’s now, but we still have 5 outstanding receivers and 1 unstopable TE. And Atlanta is loading up for track meets. The year of offense in the NFL I’m thinking. That’s what they’ve been wanting….

    • Rick

      Philly has loaded up to stop one team…. Green Bay. The can run in a base nickel and have three top flight DBs on the field. With a solid pass rush they are the team to beat defensively.

      However, they still have to score points and if you can bounce dog-killer off the turf I am not scared of VYoung. The have weapons but the man that throws the ball has to be healthy and on time and accurate.

      • http://Orlando Mark

        Rick, F the Eagles with their suspect run defense, run offense and O-line. Job #1 is the Saints.

        • Rick

          Saints just don’t scare me. Is Pierre Thomas healthy? Can Ivory show the same explosiveness after his injury? Can the Siants O line protect Brees and allow a bowling ball like Ingram to run?

          I say Falcons take the south again.

      • http://Orlando Mark

        Wouldn’t you know the Eagles would add to their run game as soon as i wrote that. I still think with Ingram and others make the Saints run game better along with a better pass offense. I don’t think they can cover as well but they’re first up.

  • Larry

    Hey PA…I think I’m in the minority but Sherrod is not going to make it at LG…he benched 225 only 23 times at the combine. He’s a long 6′ 5″ plus and some rated him the best LT in the draft. I’m thinking Baluga is a better LG and Sherrod can go to RT but not this year without OTA and mini-camps.

    Maybe Lang, McDonald or other is getting snaps with the first team by the second preseason game. I really hope I’m wrong…if Sherrod could hold up it gives us that bigger line.

    This really should be a fun year…

    • http://Orlando Mark

      Larry, that’s the first thing I thought. I just hope the coaching staff goes by who’s the best fit instead of who’ the highest paid.

      • Packer’s Advocate

        Wouldn’t disagree w/that Larry. I’m dying to see how it ends up!!!

        • Packer’s Advocate

          The more I think about it, I’m thinking Sherrod with that playing more to the the Packer’s strengths. The Packer’s are loaded at WR and TE. There’s going to be guys running open for AR. I’m thinking the problem this year might be keeping them all happy but if the offense’s philosophy is to aim to put up 45 every game, then there should be enough TD’s for all. The run game can play off them, as well as the D. If they have confidence in the O they can really take some chances and turn the dogs loose.

  • Rick

    Early camp stand outs. Patrick Peterson(CB)- Cardinals; Julio Jones(WR)-Falcons ; DJ Smith(TE)- Packers

    Peterson looks good in the backfield even as a rookie.
    Julio Jones showed up in shape and ready to play. He can run the route tree and is looking good technique wise. He has to get in sync with Mayy Ice and learn the playbook.
    DJ Smith looks to be an excellent TE of the future for Green Bay.

    Also do you remember Kregg Lumpkin? He was grabbed off of the practice squad last year by Tampa and might just take over 3rd down back duties showing great blocking and blitz pick up with nice soft hands. Darn I wish we had him instead of Nance.

    • Packers Fan in Atlanta

      Isnt it DJ Williams?

      • Rick

        It is. There is a DJ Williams TE and DJ Smith LB. Gotta love no edit button :)

  • Larry

    Didn’t we cut a “small back” a couple of years ago that caught on with Carolina?…something like Stanton?

  • Larry

    or maybe Sutton?

    • http://Orlando Mark

      I liked Sutton but I like the guys we have noiw better. If we can get a LG and Cliffy holds up I expect our run game to be another ace in this year’s hand.

    • Rick

      Tyrell Sutton. Sat on the bench and watched the world go by. In two years in Carolina he has about 140 yrds. He comes in on clean up when the Panthers are blown out.

      • Packers Fan in Atlanta

        He is sitting behind Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, both of which are still on par if not better than BJacks was last year. Wish we hadn’t released him to keep so many fullbacks… Ah well. Past is past.

  • Larry

    True, hard to argue with Grant, Starks, Green. Cobb may end up with select formation RB duty, going in motion to draw coverage…

  • Larry

    Sutton must take 60% of the carolina snaps! LOL

    • Rick

      Good come back…. LOL

  • Rick

    Update from Packers TC so far.

    In passing drills Rookie DJ Williams (TE) looked great with big hands and good route running. However he does seem to show the liability I mentioned when we drafted him. In line drills he can’t get off of jams and get free into his routes. His smaller size and his lack of blocking TE duties at Arkansas means he does have trouble taking on DE and LBs. He is just a rookie so expect a more Quarless this year from him then Finley.

    Guy (DE)went down with a concussion – probably not going to make the team now as he loses reps. Maybe practice squad.

    R. Cobb showed solid skills in WR drills.

    House (CB) looks average so so far. Rookie DJ Smith (ILB) looks like a little boy height wise but is solid in drills. I don’t know if he has the speed and size but that is what full speed preseason games are for. Francios (ILB)looked alot better than last year. May make roster as back up instead of practice squad.

    Underwood is “inspired” and looks so much more fluid then everyone but Tramon Williams in drills. I think he may still stick with the team even with his “baggage”

    Well back to the day job. Later all.

    • Rick

      Update. I read a review the House was playing fast. I don’t see that but he does seem to be a quick learner and he has not been singled out. I am looking forward to the family night on TV. Is anyone here going?

  • I Luv Brats

    I’ve been on this site for a few years now and I really enjoy reading all of what you guys post. I almost never add anything because I guess I’m a quiet person. However, I cannot wait for the season to start. I’m getting so sick of the Eagles fans talking about how they’re the greatest team. Will they win games? Of course they will but the Eagle fans over at the nfl’s website are just idiots. They’re even more whiney than Vikings fans. They’re the ultimate “what if” fans.

    • Rick

      Good to hear from you Brats. I ignore alot of the sights as many people seem to feed the trolls.

      • I Luv Brats

        Sometimes it’s fun to get those idiot fans all riled up. :)

  • http://jlworden1@suddenlink.net LarryAz

    Well, as noted LarryTex, is now LarryAz. Have been busy moving so couldn’t respond during the FA spree. Have had a lot of NFLHD exposure however.
    Appears that PHL is doing a MIN of a few years ago – All in! Ainit gonna work! There comes a point when there is simply too many chiefs and not enough indians. For all of the individual talent that they aquired not one of them will be a leader on the field and Vick cannot finish a season upright – last year was a fluke. Vick is simply too small and not tough enough. Now, as a proponent of the winning team has to have a winning D school, they sure have improved – ON PAPER! IMO what they did is garner all the attention (as usual we are being overlooked by east coast dominated press) and making themselves the target that we should have been for the league in general and the NFC East in particular. What an incentive for NYG and DAL. We’ll see, of course, but other than ILB I just don’t see where our losses have weakend ourselves, long term, season wise.

    • http://Orlando Mark

      AZ, out of the frying pan and into the fire. Let us know if you see any headless corpses in the desert.
      I think the Eagles have made some good solid moves and their coach gets the most out of his players. The O-line and run defense are the question marks for them. As for us, we’re going to improve but I see a problem if we can’t get the same rush opposite CMIII, losing Jenkins hurts.

    • Rick

      Congrats on the move L.A.

      There is a lot of talent but can Reid get it to gel? If you can bounce Vick of the turf I am not scared of VYoung .

      • I Luv Brats

        I’m not scared of anybody the Beagles have. I guess I should be happy that they’re the new NFC favorites. Maybe the target they have on their backs are alot bigger than the Packers.

  • Odin Biznatch

    Who? What? Packers? I just threw up in mouth a little bit. Talk about a dump of a team, fans, city, and state for sure.. Rogers has a bullseye for a number this year.. Its gonna be fun to see the Slackers get rolled over this year.. And the new Geico Cave Man Mathews is gonna fail his roids test for sure.. Guy has a forehead like a drive in movie theater.

    • http://Orlando Mark

      I suppose I should feel sorry for Odin’s misery but he obviously feels sorry enough for himself, for the both of us.

    • Rick

      Bad Troll!! Back underneath your bridge….. pocks Odin with stick

      • Rick

        pokes Odin…. typo beast strikes again

    • I Luv Brats

      you sure that was vomit in your mouth and not another male body fluid??

  • iccyfan

    Awesome story by Lori Nickel about UDFA Rookie Shakey Smithson; if you haven’t read it yet, go out to the main page and do so! I don’t see any way this kid can make our team with the depth we have at WR but I’ll be rooting for him!!!

  • Rick

    Wow, Lions are very unlucky. First Farley DT 1st rounders is out and now Mikel Leshoure ruptures his achilles and is out for the year.

    Talk about snake bit.