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WR James Jones - Green Bay Packers

6-1, 207Born: 3-31-1984College: San Jose StateDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Familiarity with Jones helped Aaron Rodgers get off the schneid and give the Packers a big win on the road to get their season back on the track. Chemistry is rising to the top as the offense struggles, and Jones has a terrific matchup against Chicago on Thanksgiving as his reward.

Week 12: vs Chicago Bears

All WR vs CHI

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Aaron Rodgers threw three TDs at Soldier Field back in Week One, posting 18/23 for 189 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions against the Bears. As we've seen, Rodgers and company have struggled during November but pulled out a win last week at Minnesota (30-13, with 16/34 for 212 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown by Rodgers). Coming into this second divisional showdown with the Bears, the Packers are rounding back into form. The Chicago pass D has allowed third-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the past four games (15.6) while ranking fifth-least in fantasy points given up to wide receivers (15.5) and has been just outside the top-ten least with 7.3 fantasy points allowed to tight ends (12th-least to be exact). The Bears are fourth-best in the NFL averaging 217.2 net passing yards given up per game, with 19 passing scores surrendered so far this year. They gave up 20/27 for 219 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Brock Osweiler last week, sacking him five times for -31 yards; Nick Foles threw 17/37 for 191 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception vs. Chicago two games ago. This is a tough pass D right now, despite the passing TDs handed out to Osweiler last week.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at DEN 47 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 -0.8
9 at CAR 71 0 0 0 6 2 57 0 0 5.7
10 vs DET 86 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
11 at MIN 66 0 0 0 11 6 109 1 0 16.9
12 vs CHI 78 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs MIN (11 / 6 / 109 / 1 rec)

James Jones and Aaron Rodgers started off the same exact place they left off in the loss to the Detroit Lions--out of sync and on different pages. The low point for the two of them was probably the total miscommunication late in the first quarter, when Jones appeared to run the wrong route and Rodgers nearly fumbled the ball when he tried to pull the pass back because Jones wasn't where he was supposed to be. Jones then had a really bad drop late in the second quarter. Jones ran a great route along the right sideline and was wide open but dropped the perfect pass Rodgers delivered. Jones made up for those two blunders later in the game though. First he made a nice diving catch in the late third quarter for a huge 37-yard gain. On the play, Jones ran a fly route down the left sideline, and Rodgers delivered the ball ahead of him. As the quarterback was on the run, Rodgers didn't set his feet and the ball went long, but Jones extended his body to catch the ball, hauling it in before he fell to the turf. Jones then made a huge grab in the end zone in the fourth quarter to put the Packers up by two scores. Rodgers delivered the ball down the sideline where only Jones could catch it, and Jones did a great job of keeping both feet in while he grabbed the ball as he fell out of bounds. Jones followed that right up with a catch for a 2-point conversion.

2015 Week 10 vs DET (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

James Jones has virtually disappeared from the gameplan, in part because he is having a lot of issues getting open the last few weeks. That means Aaron Rodgers can't get him the ball, because he isn't in a position to make a play. Rodgers did try to force the ball to him the ball in the fourth quarter on a deep route down the sideline. The quarterback threw the ball inside and short instead of to the outside shoulder and long, which gave the defender a shot to intercept, saved only by a nice play by Jones to break it up.

2015 Week 9 vs CAR (6 / 2 / 57 / 0 rec)

After a great start to the season, James Jones' production has dipped tremendously. The six targets were the most he's had in some time, but the Panthers put cornerback Josh Norman on him (especially early) since Randall Cobb was in the slot early and Norman doesn't cover the slot much. The result was a tough matchup for Jones and few targets especially during the early going. Jones made a nice catch on a 21-yard pass in the third quarter against Charles Tillman, but too often was well covered. He was also the target on the ill-fated throw by Rodgers in the fourth quarter which ended up as an interception. Jones seems to have fallen behind Davante Adams in addition to Randall Cobb and has been less of a factor as the season has gone on.

2015 Week 8 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Jones was held without a touchdown for only the second game this year, and didn't get his first catch until the fourth quarter. On that play, a short hitch route, Jones made the catch and was immediately hit and driven back by cornerback Brandon Roby. The officials didn't blow the play dead, and Jones continued to be shoved backwards until the ball popped out. Jones recovered but the officials didn't give him forward progress, which put the ball on fourth and long and ended the drive.

2015 Week 6 vs SD (5 / 2 / 30 / 1 rec)

While Jones and Aaron Rodgers struggled to get on the same page overall, they did hook up for their almost boring at this point weekly touchdown. Jones has caught a touchdown in five out of six games, and Rodgers consistently looks for him in the red zone. On the scoring play, Jones ran a short 'stub' route, and once he stopped and turned. As soon as he did so, the ball was already there, perfectly thrown to the outside shoulder and away from the defenders.

2015 Week 5 vs STL (3 / 2 / 77 / 1 rec)

Jones was the intended recipient of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' second interception of the game after going 587 passes at home without one. On the play, Jones ran a shallow out and Rodgers threw the pass immediately as soon as he finished his cut. The pass seemed a little slow and the Rams' Trumaine Johnson made an exceptional play in diving in front of Jones for the pick. Johnson did an excellent job reading the play and diving in front of an unsuspecting Jones, who could only try and tackle him after. Rodgers and Jones made up for that when the two hooked up a short time later. The result was a 65 yard touchdown. On the play, Jones went out on a post pattern and gained a step on the defender. Rodgers threw a perfect pass, hitting Jones in stride. Jones at first was marked at the one yard line, but Jones did a fantastic job keeping his knee off the turf as he got the ball across the goal line for the score.

2015 Week 4 vs SF (6 / 5 / 98 / 0 rec)

Since returning from exile in Oakland, all James Jones has done in Green Bay is score touchdowns. This weekend, he didn't find the end zone, but added in enough yards to truly believe that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will continue to utilize Jones frequently and that Jones will make the catches he needs to. He only missed on one pass, and that one was too high for him to really have a chance to grab (and was in the end zone, which would have continued his streak of touchdowns). His best catch was late in the second quarter, on a slant in. On the play, the coverage seemed to get lost when he broke his route inside, and Jones was wide open for a pass. The Niners then stumbled over each other as he bounced back outside, running along the sideline for another 23 yards after the catch.

2015 Week 3 vs KC (8 / 7 / 139 / 1 rec)

Jones extended his touchdown scoring streak to three games since rejoining the Packers. He caught a 27-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter to put the Packers up 24-7 in a game they ultimately won 38-28 over the Chiefs. His chemistry with Rodgers continues to be very apparent as the duo hooked up seven times on eight targets for 139 yards. On his longest play of the night, Jones helped set up another touchdown. He caught a deep left ball from Aaron Rodgers for a 52-yard gain, a drive capped off by a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Jones should continue to provide plenty of value and appears to be settling in as the number two target in the passing game behind Randall Cobb.

2015 Week 2 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 29 / 1 rec)

Just like last week, when James Jones and Aaron Rodgers hooked up for the first time, it was for a touchdown. What was impressive about this one was it came against Seattle's Richard Sherman. On the play, Rodgers knew he had a free play as he pulled the defense offsides. He took his time and waited for Jones to slant in, and Jones did an excellent job of getting on the inside of Sherman and somehow managing to get a couple of steps ahead as well. It's possible Sherman thought he had help over the top from Earl Thomas, who came in late, but regardless Jones ran a very nice route. He nearly had a second touchdown when Rodgers hit Jones with a pass along the left side of the end zone, but his rear end hit the ground just before the ball got to him.

2015 Week 1 vs CHI (4 / 4 / 51 / 2 rec)

James Jones and Aaron Rodgers looked like they had not been separated for a year, with Jones catching all four of his targets. The Bears had him well covered on several of his targets, but were unable to finish off the play. Jones' very first catch was a touchdown on a ball thrown a bit high which he did an excellent job going up and grabbing over the defender's head. The Bears cornerback didn't get high enough and turned the wrong direction for the pass, which let the ball through to Jones. Jones ran a nice route on his second touchdown, which took place in the third quarter. On the play, Jones ran a quick slant and got inside on the defender. He was wide open when Rodgers delivered the ball. He was on the field for most of the 3-wide receiver sets.


Latest News

Packers | James Jones breaks out of slump (Sun Nov 22, 09:14 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR James Jones had six catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in a 30-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11.

Our View: Jones had a sideline touchdown catch and Aaron Rodgers was at his best throwing to his most experienced receiver. He's back in play as a boom/bust WR3/Flex on Thanksgiving against the Bears.
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Packers | James Jones listed as probable (Fri Nov 20, 04:17 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR James Jones (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 20, and is listed as probable for the Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers did not practice Friday, so his practice designation is an estimate.

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Packers | Eddie Lacy, James Jones practice (Thu Nov 19, 06:28 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (groin) and WR James Jones (quadriceps) were both full participants in practice Thursday, Nov. 19.

Our View: Lacy might be back this week but with the dysfunctional backfield, he's no more than a borderline RB3/RB4 and he could kill James Starks RB3 status if he plays so keep a watch on this. Jones has been blanketed by cornerbacks the last few games, so he hovers at a WR5 status again this week.

Packers | Eddie Lacy, James Jones fully practice (Wed Nov 18, 05:29 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (groin) and WR James Jones (quadriceps) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Nov. 18.

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