Packers James Jones: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction: Coming into the season, James Jones was perhaps the least talked-about wide receiver on the roster. Donald Driver, 37, returned for a 14th season, Randall Cobb was on the verge of becoming one of the team’s top playmakers, Jordy Nelson was coming off the best season of his career, and Greg Jennings was still the clear-cut No. 1 receiver. But injuries caused Jennings, Nelson and Cobb to miss a combined 13 games, leading to Jones having the best season of his six-year career.

2) Profile:

James Deandre Jones

  • Age: 28
  • Born: 03/31/1984, in San Jose, CA
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 208
  • College: San Jose State
  • Rookie Year: 2007
  • NFL Experience: 6 years

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3) Expectations coming into the season: Not much was expected from Jones before the season. He was clearly behind Jennings and Nelson in the pecking order, and Randall Cobb was as impressive as anyone on the roster during training camp. Jones wasn’t expected to be anything more than the team’s No. 3 receiver.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Jones led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions this season, so the 2012 season as a whole was basically a personal highlight reel. In a three-game stretch between Sep. 30 and Oct. 14, Jones had two touchdown catches in each game. His best individual game of the season was probably week 15 in Chicago, in which Jones caught three touchdowns. His worst game of the season was against the New York Giants, when the Packers were blown out, and Jones was held without a catch.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: With so many injuries at the position, the emergence of Jones was vital to the team’s success offensively. In the past, Jones has struggled with dropped passes. Pro Football Focus charged Jones with 10 drops in 2009, eight in 2010, six in 2011, and that total was down to four in 2012.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Against the Vikings in the wild card round, Jones caught all four passes thrown his way for a total of 51 yards. He caught four of his six targets against the 49ers, including a touchdown. The Packers fell short in San Francisco, but Jones certainly pulled his weight with the exception of one dropped pass.

Season Report Card:

(A+) Level of expectations met during the season

(A) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(A-) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: A


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  • cow42

    huge neck.

  • Dan

    Glad to see JJ found his niche with the Pack. Ihis is what TT thought he could be when he drafted him. Arod is looking pretty good now after pressing TT to resign him when the staff was ready to give up on him & let him go in free agency. Lot of teams kicking themselves now when they had a chance to steal him a short while back as a free agent! Nice job James!

  • Chad Lundberg

    I said we should trade JJ. Was it 14 touchdowns? I pretty much deserve the finger from him…

  • JimR_in_DC

    Kick me, I’m stupid!

    Thanks JJ for proving me wrong, ’cause you made the Packers better than they would’ve been without you.

  • Ron LC

    JJ was a key in the Packer O last year. He’ll will step into the #3 spot this year and perform very well. He’s one of the reasons that Jennings was considered expendable.

  • Mike Sherman

    I really wanted TT to trade JJ last year. I thought JJ was wasting A Rod’s ability by dropping his perfectly thrown passes and stalling drives. give Jones credit for improving his focus, I didn’t think he had it in him. Assuming he keeps his concentration (and I’m sure he will until he gets a new contract at least) Jones is a great #2 WR. He had an amazing season in 2012 but i could actually see Jones getting a little bit better running after the catch. He is such a horse running with the ball in his hands, I thought defenders were able to luckily trip him up several times last year when it looked like he was going to gain more YAC. How can i say that I wanted Jones gone last year and now think he is an ideal #2 WR and a terrific bargain at his salary? I’m Mike Sherman, I may be able to coach an offense but I never said I could be a NFL GM!

  • Lars1

    I think James Jones will be like Driver—getting better with age and spend his career in Green bay at about $6 million per season.

  • Stroh

    Thank God, Thompson doesn’t listen to some fans. LOL. This fan always wanted Jones in GB, he got over his case of the drops and now its Finley’s turn to reward the Packers, since it seems he’s done the same. Jones and Nelson will be a good set of starters for next year w/ Cobb as the slot/#3 WR. They can use the bigger bodies of Nelson and Jones for blocking and we still probably need Cobb on returns.

    Great work JJ!!

  • Jeff

    I think most fans were ready to see Jones go before last year.Mostly because of too many drops.Several were potential TDs. He recommitted himself,and it showed. Played lights out last year when he was sorely needed. Hope it’s a sign of things to come,especially if Jennings goes.