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James Jones: Packers can have three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

James Jones thinks the Packers can produce three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013. (USATSI)
James Jones thinks the Packers can produce three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013. (USATSI)

The Green Bay Packers have never had three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season, but that could change in 2013, at least according to James Jones. Jones believes the Packers can produce three 1,000-yard receivers next season if everyone stays healthy.

"I've been on record as saying that I believe we have three 1,000-yard receivers in this room," Jones said, via the Green Bay Press Gazette. "I believe me, Randall [Cobb] and Jordy [Nelson], if we all stay healthy, we can all reach over 1,000."

Jones thinks that losing Greg Jennings to the Vikings and Donald Driver to retirement will only help the rest of the receiving corps.

"It's exciting and we're all excited because we know the departure of Greg and Donald means more opportunities for us," Jones said. "Do you want to lose guys like that? No, but it gives us the chance to step up."

Nelson, Cobb and Jones will definitely have to step up to meet Jones' lofty prognostication.

Not only have the Packers never had three 1,000-yard receivers in the same season, but they've had two receivers reach the 1,000-yard mark in the same season only five times in franchise history. To be more precise, that's five times in 92 seasons.

However, if three 1,000-yard receivers is going to happen for the first time, Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback to do it. In Rodgers' five seasons as the Packers starter, Green Bay has had multiple 1,000-yard receivers twice -- in 2008 and 2009.

The trio came up 571 yards short of reaching Jones' goal last season. Cobb finished 2012 with a team-high 954 receiving yards, Jones tallied 784 yards while Nelson finished with 745.

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