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|Poor James Jones. Despite spending almost his entire career as a backup, he has averaged 46 receptions for 608 yards and 4.8 touchdowns per season during the four years that he has played 16 games. That’s pretty solid production for a backup. Unfortunately, when he hit the free agent market prior to the 2011 season, the market for his services never developed and he re-signed in Green Bay. Then the Packers drafted Randall Cobb in the 2nd round of last year’s draft and kept aging veteran Donald Driver. Both players return in 2012, meaning Jones will once again split the backup role with two other players. While it helps matters that the Packers love to play with five wide formations, Jones doesn’t get fed enough (just 55 targets last season) to make him fantasy relevant. Unless he gets a new home during the preseason, Jones will shape up as a low end WR4 or as a WR5 in 2012.
|Rodgers gushing over Adams' approach -- Thu Jun 11 5:20 pm --|
Second-year WR had "humongous upside"
|A little over a year after he’d challenged Davante Adams - although not by name - to step up his preparation, Aaron Rodgers couldn’t stop talking Wednesday about the approach Adams is taking to his job now.
“In my mind, he has humongous upside - and he’s starting to reach that upside,” Rodgers said after the team’s open-to-the-public OTA practice. “I think the opportunities are going to come for him. He’s got two great guys to play with. His attention to detail is very impressive and his approach." (ESPN Wisconsin)|
FF Today's Take: Let's not forget that two seasons ago, Rodgers helped then-third receiver James Jones catch an NFL-high 14 touchdown passes. Even though some of that was due to the fact Jordy Nelson missed four games that season, the point to be made is that Rodgers can support three fantasy receivers. Although his production figures to be inconsistent again in 2015 behind Nelson and Cobb, the second-year wideout should expect a fairly sizable increase from his 38-446-3 rookie line.
|Raiders expected to release James Jones -- Mon May 4 7:00 am --|
Veteran spent one year in Oakland
|Veteran receiver James Jones is being released by the Raiders. The San Jose native received a phone call from general manager Reggie McKenzie on Sunday evening informing him of the news.
Jones confirmed this information to CSN reporter Fallon Smith via text message. Jones had 73 recpetions for 666 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, in what will be his only season as a Raider.
FF Today's Take: The addition of rookie Amari Cooper and the signing of Michael Crabtree have left Jones expendable. Jones has never topped 900 yards in his career but did score 14 TDs in 2012 while in Green Bay, finishing 16th among receivers in fantasy points. Cooper, Crabtree, Rod Streater and Andre Holmes sit atop the receiver depth chart in Oakland.
|Raiders expected to sign Michael Crabtree -- Mon Apr 13 6:44 pm --|
Veteran wideout sticking in the Bay Area
|From @caplannfl and myself, Raiders expected to sign Michael Crabtree as soon as tonight. (Bill Williamson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: If true, Crabtree would join James Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and perhaps a top receiving rookie as weapons for young quarterback Derek Carr. Crabtree caught 68 passes for 698 yards and 4 TDs last season in San Francisco but has yet to regain his form from 2012 when he finished as fantasy's No.15 wide receiver. It's hard to imagine Crabtree making a meaningful fantasy impact in 2015 as the Raiders attempt to right the ship.