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Two good WR's who weren't tendered

Posted on: March 5, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: March 5, 2011 10:08 am
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

Two promising but befuddling wide receivers will be on the open market once free agency presumably gets underway in a week or so. As we wrote yesterday, the Jaguars have indeed parted ways with Mike Sims-Walker. The four-year pro can, at hisJ. Jones (US Presswire) best, be a watered down version of Brandon Marshall. At his worst, however, he’s an inconsistent injury magnet. Nevertheless, Sims-Walker has the talent to be a viable starter at the pro level.

So does Packers wideout – or, now, former Packers wideout – James Jones. The Packers have decided not to tender the four-year pro.
Yes, Jones is known for his prominent drops (fumbles and muffed receptions have been a bugaboo for him). But Jones has the length, speed, quickness and body control to be a matchup problem outside or, especially, in the slot. He recorded 50 catches for 679 yards in 2011.

Jones was only allowed to hit free agency because the Packers have plenty of depth at wide receiver (Jordy Nelson is on pace to replace the still-viable Donald Driver as the No. 2 receiver, Brett Swain is capable of handling No. 4 duties and super freak Jermichael Finley will be returning as the team’s most dangerous slot weapon in 2011.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:56 pm
 

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:46 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

you got that 1 nailed



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:02 am
 

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

Every time Jones was near the ball, I just about had a heart attack.  He has got talent but I, for one, am glad to see him gone.  Now he will probably go to some other team catch 100 passes for thousands of yard and score 15 TDs and never fumble again.  I'm not that good of a GM!



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 9:56 am
 

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

i dont doubt TT he probably something planned. its not like jones is the next andre johnson. i dont see the big deal.



Since: Nov 26, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2011 7:05 am
 

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

I can't disagree with anything that you have said. Jones might have some drops but for a #3 you really cannot ask for more production. It makes me wonder what TT has planned for a replacement, because Brett Swain is not the answer.



Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2011 5:52 am
 

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

He can play.



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 12:24 am
 

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

thats ok let jones go and sign sims-walker. walker is better anyway.



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

Even with Nelson's drops throughout this season, including this season, he had a 9 catch game in the biggest game of his career.  James Jones never stepped it up to that level when given the chance.  The only reason he's not the heir apparent for Driver's job is his lack of consistency.  Still, considering the horrible history of Packer number 3 receivers (Robert Ferguson, Bill Schroeder, Derrick Mayes, et al), James Jones was a superstar.  He's certainly better than Brett Swain ever will be, but a change of scenery might be enough to motivate him to take his game to the next level.



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Two good WR's who weren't tendered

James Jones is loaded with talent, but is more famous for his drops than his catches.  He'd have supplanted Driver as the team's #2 and left Nelson trailing in his wake if it weren't for his inconsistencies.  For all his talent, he absolutely refused to lay out to make the tough catch.  He never ever, to my recollection, left his feet to make a tough catch, choosing instead to watch balls sail harmlessly just beyond his flat-footed reach.  I think he can be a fine #2 or #3 receiver in this league, but he'll never break through to the elite level until he lays it all on the line.  I'd love to have him back with the Packers, personally, because Nelson has displayed some inconsistencies himself and Swain is completely unproven.  Hopefully, things will work out for everyone. 


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