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WR James Jones - Free Agent

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

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17 vs MIN 79 0 0 0 13 4 102 0 0 10.2
18 at WAS 0 0 0 0 11 7 81 0 0 8.1
19 at ARI 73 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 19 vs ARI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones was locked down by cornerback Patrick Peterson who threw away the key while he was at it. Jones had almost no chance of getting away from the All-Pro corner, and Aaron Rodgers rarely looked in his way. Jones was the target on a horribly underthrown ball resulting in an interception which was, fortunately for the Packers, eventually wiped out by a defensive penalty.

2015 Week 18 vs WAS (11 / 7 / 81 / 0 rec)

Jones struggled to get separation for much of the game but caught a bunch of passes on shorter routes and made a beautiful adjustment on the fly in the early second quarter. On the play, Jones was running a crossing route but saw Aaron Rodgers in trouble and scrambling, so he adjusted his route to go deep instead, where the quarterback found him for a big gain of 34 yards.

2015 Week 17 vs MIN (13 / 4 / 102 / 0 rec)

James Jones should never take off his hoodie, especially against the Vikings. That said, his overall numbers belie a pretty meh night as he caught only 25 percent of his 13 targets and most of them came in the fourth quarter as the Packers desperately tried to come back and win the game. He was the target when Aaron Rodgers threw his game-sealing pick in the end zone with two minutes left in the game. Jones had some room along the sideline, and cornerback Xavier Rhodes on his inside. For some reason, Rodgers threw it inside, and Jones couldn't make the play to keep the ball out of Rhodes' hands. Jones seemed to be the only receiver who could gain any separation on the Vikings defense, and made a very nice catch along the sideline in the third quarter. On the play, he streaked down the sideline just in front of corner Terrance Newman. Rodgers dropped a dime just in front of Jones, who hauled it in before going out of bounds.

2015 Week 16 vs ARI (11 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)

Jones was the most effective receiver on the day, though he caught less than half of his targets. His biggest play was the catch on a two-point conversion on a simple out pattern which included a tiny push-off.

2015 Week 15 vs OAK (9 / 6 / 82 / 1 rec)

It was a tale of two halves for Jones, who saw four targets result in just one catch during the first half, but was five for five in the second half, including a touchdown. On that play, the Raiders had just one safety back (single-high coverage) and the corners were all on the line. As Jones ran down the sideline, the corner let him go, but the safety had to contend with both Jones and Randall Cobb running the same routes in the same area, and hesitated. That delay left Jones wide open and quarterback Aaron Rodgers delivered a perfect pass to Jones, who sauntered into the end zone. Jones was on point the second half, making several catches under tight coverage and one diving grab along the sideline which was originally ruled incomplete but was clearly a catch and overturned upon review.

2015 Week 14 vs DAL (7 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Jones was targeted frequently this week, though he didn't have tremendous success. Jones doesn't have the speed or quickness to lose defenders trailing him, so Aaron Rodgers needs a pretty clear path to get him the ball. After a hot start, Jones has continued to stay cool with occasional moments where he can make a big play, but his limitations have really come to the fore the last month or so. His biggest issue is how he handles contact early in his route or at the line. Jones doesn't seem interested in running through contact, and is too quick to give up when a defender gets his hands on the receiver.

2015 Week 13 vs DET (3 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Jones didn't see much action on Thursday and was the target on Aaron Rodgers' interception. On the play, Jones got open, though there was a defender behind him and another nearby. Rodgers had to scramble out of the pocket and threw the ball without setting his feet, causing the pass to sail slightly. Jones jumped and extended his arms but while he got his hands on it, he couldn't catch it and the ball was intercepted by the defender behind him.

2015 Week 12 vs CHI (6 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

These days if Jones isn't scoring a touchdown, it seems he's not getting yards either. Jones couldn't get any separation from the defenders, was called for an offensive pass interference penalty and had a game-winning touchdown slapped away from his hands. While Jones appeared to drop the ball, it was really an outstanding play by Bears cornerback Tracey Porter to knock the ball away.

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.


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