James Jones Fantasy News
Brandon Bostick trying to fill Finley's shoes
Friday, November 22, 2013, 10:19am
Brandon Bostick could very well be the Packers' future at tight end given the likelihood that Jermichael Finley will not return to the team next season. Finley suffered a herniated disc in his neck and is recovering from single-level fusion surgery, according to a report.
The Packers also have Andrew Quarless and Ryan Taylor to fill the void Finley has left, but neither of them has the Finley-like athletic qualities that Bostick does. The 6-3, 255-pound tight end ran faster and jumped higher than Finley coming out of college and has people pondering the limits of his ability.
"I think there's a lot of potential there," receiver James Jones said. "No. 1, he's extremely fast for his position. He has great hands and if he can just get it in his mind that nobody can stop him, and go out there and play the way he plays at practice, he's going to become a great player because he has all the tools."
Bostick has just four catches for 68 yards this season, but his recent contribution has the coaches contemplating how good he can be. At Newberry, he was a dominant receiver and even played one year of basketball. But it took him a year of being on the practice squad and improved special teams play to get him where he is now.
"He has a lot of potential," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "He's gotten better. He has a lot of physical tools to work with. He's doing well; he can do better."
But to get on the field more, Bostick has to block better. It has been the pebble in his shoe since making the switch to tight end, and while he has made a lot of gains, it was obvious against the Giants that when a blocker was needed Quarless or Taylor was called upon.
"He's made the most of his opportunities," tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot said. "That's a positive. We still have some things we'd like to clean up and improve, but he's definitely taking a step in the right direction."
It's doubtful that Bostick suddenly becomes startable this year in redraft leagues, but dynasty/keeper owners should take note. It's very unlikely that Finley will be back at 2014, so the Packers have a large hole at TE.
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Aaron Rodgers to miss 'about 3 weeks'
Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:08pm
Rodgers non-throwing side appears to be the issue, but he's still expected to miss time. The target date based on the three-week timeline is Week 13, which is a Thursday game in Detroit on Thanksgiving, but that's an unofficial timetable. The Packers may not want to bring him back in a short week, so he may be out four games in that scenario. Seneca Wallace took over for Rodgers and it appears he'll at least play Week 10, a short week, against the Eagles, even though he wasn't impressive. (Keep in mind Matt Flynn will be available after he clears waivers at 4 p.m. Tuesday.) It's obviously another huge blow to the Packers' offense this season. Green Bay will likely continue to ride its running game with Eddie Lacy and James Starks, who looked great Monday night. But remember, it's also a downgrade for WRs Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin.
Packers WR James Jones active for MNF
Monday, November 4, 2013, 7:20pm
MNF Injury Report - James Jones QUESTIONABLE
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 5:17pm
LB Lance Briggs (shoulder), QB Jay Cutler (groin)
WR Joe Anderson (abdomen)
LB Blake Costanzo (knee), CB Charles Tillman (knee), S Major Wright (knee)
TE Jermichael Finley (neck), LB Clay Matthews (thumb)
LB Nick Perry (foot)
WR James Jones (knee)
LB Brad Jones (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (toes), TE Ryan Taylor (knee)
Jones was limited in practice Thursday through Saturday this week. Some beat reporters said he looked like he was doing everything on Saturday, but in reality it appears to be the dreaded game-time decision for Jones. If you don't have a backup plan, you should probably move on from Jones and go another direction again this week. Jarrett Boykin would lose a little value if Jones plays.
Packers look to get James Starks more involved
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:28am
Now the challenge for the Packers is finding the right balance, the right mixture of both.
They don't want to overwork the starter Lacy, who currently ranks fifth in carries per game. Green Bay will need the bruising rookie fresh down the stretch. And the Packers will also want to be careful with Starks, who has battled several injuries through his four-year career.
Lacy has asserted himself as a starter through 97 carries in four straight wins. But signs point to more of a balance than the 29/7 split Sunday night at Minnesota. And as the Packers often say, they'll be riding the "hot hand."
With WR Randall Cobb and TE Jermichael Finley out, and WR James Jones still a question, it's not a surprise that the Packers just want to run the ball a few more times and that means giving it Starks rather than increasing Lacy's carries. For now, Lacy should still be the RB1, but Starks looks like he's going to see a bump in value and may even be a flex option in deeper leagues going forward. If you own Lacy, Starks would be a good handcuff.
Jordy Nelson capable of playing slot
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:52am
The thinking behind using Jordy Nelson more as a slot receiver was simple. If he stayed exclusively on the outside, it would have been a lot easier for the Minnesota Vikings to roll coverage toward him. With Green Bay down three of its original four top weapons, the Vikings might have been able to eliminate Nelson.
So the Packers slid him inside more and moved him around. Both of his scores came from the slot.
"We went into the game trying to move Jordy around to get him some more opportunities," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "He's a big target in there. It's beneficial to the offense for us to do that. We'll continue to move guys around to try to put them in position to help them be successful as well as the offense."
Nelson finished with seven receptions for 123 yards and the two scores. From the slot, Nelson's speed is a boost. But so is his size. He's a strong, long-limbed 6 feet, 3 inches tall, 217 pounds.
With the pending return of James Jones (sprained knee), there has been a lot of handwringing in the fantasy community about the season-long value of Jarrett Boykin due to the belief that the Packers will instead play Myles White in the slot. While it's true that White is playing primarily in the slot, the Packers have drafted receivers who can play both inside and outside and Nelson, Jones and Boykin all fit that profile. Boykin has been the 'next man up' in the receiving corps all year and has performed very well in the last two weeks, so there's no reason to believe that he heads to the bench when Jones returns.
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 8:15pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 12:53pm
Packers HC Mike McCarthy confirmed newly acquired receiver Chris Harper will be utilized as such with the Packers. The 6-foot-1, 229-pound rookie was converting to an “H-back” before San Francisco released him last week.
Harper didn’t make it to the area until noon Saturday but wound up playing eight snaps on special teams against the Browns.
“We knew quite a bit about him, just based on our draft prep and then watching him play in the preseason and what he’s done so far this year,” special teams coach Shawn Slocum said. “I sat down with him a couple times and we met twice and decided to use him and it helped us on the active roster.”
Monday, October 21, 2013, 5:25pm
If James doesn't play this week, Jarrett Boykin would again play a significant role opposite Jorday Nelson after going over 100 yards with a TD in Week 7. That role could even increase with the loss of TE Jermichael Finley. Look for the Packers to continue to run the ball with Eddie Lacy, though.
James Jones officially OUT for Packers
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 3:10pm