James Jones Fantasy News
Packers looking for Jarrett Boykin to 'step up'
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 9:40am
Now that Jones is returning home to Oakland, McCarthy said he "fully expects" Boykin to "step up."
"I can't say enough about Boykin," McCarthy told reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday. "The young man is a heck of a player, he's done it the right way, special teams, he's performed every opportunity he's given."
Boykin has a great chance to be a valuable fantasy player this season playing the role of James Jones. Jones had a career-high 14 TDs in 2012 and last year had a career-high in receiving yards with 817 - a lot of that coming without Aaron Rodgers at QB, but also without Randall Cobb. Still, in the Green Bay offense, Boykin could have WR3 or WR4 potential in just about any format.
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Raiders trade for Matt Schaub
Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:25am
Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, became expendable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night.
Not long after Houston acquired Fitzpatrick, Oakland made its final move on Schaub.
The Cleveland Browns had expressed some interest in Schaub, who could have been reunited with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But the Raiders wanted Schaub even more, according to a source.
The trade between Oakland and Houston, two teams scheduled to pick in the top five, could impact the 2014 draft and how high quarterbacks will be selected.
James Jones signs with the Raiders
Monday, March 17, 2014, 6:10pm
This is not a particularly good landing spot for Jones, who seems to have had a chilly reception in free agency. The Raiders don't have a solid QB and it's not clear how Jones will fit in with incumbent starters Rod Streater and Denarius Moore. We'll have to wait to see how the Oakland depth chart shakes out before determining if Jones is even draftable heading into 2014.
Packers prepared to let James Jones walk
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11:19am
A source said Jones hasn't been offered a new contract and, in all likelihood, won't be.
"I don't think Ted Thompson wants him," Frank Bauer, Jones' only agent since being drafted by Green Bay in the third round in 2007, said at the NFL scouting combine.
Although Bauer said Jones was admired by many inside the Packers' personnel department, the team is set to let him depart when unrestricted free agency begins March 11.
"I'm as high on Boykin as anybody in our building," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. "He had a heck of a year, and I still think he has another jump in him."
McCarthy indicated that Boykin, 24, was a capable No. 3 wide receiver and, with continued improvement, might even become a No. 2.
The Packers may let Jones walk, but they could also bring him back on a one- or two-year deal if he doesn't get what he wants in the open market. Boykin is an up and coming wideout, but if the Packers' 2013 season proved anything, it's that it's good to have depth everywhere, including receiver.
Randall Cobb to play more outside
Friday, January 10, 2014, 11:03am
“I do," wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett said this week. "I think just going back and talking about a tough-minded individual, mentally as well as physically, I think he can go outside. That’s something that we certainly talked about and worked on some during training camp. But obviously, he’s a difference-maker in slot. Wherever you put him, he can be a difference. He can continue to be an impact player.”
Cobb did talk about this heading into training camp. He wanted to be more than a slot receiver, even if that's where he excels most.
James Jones wants to return to Green Bay
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 12:28pm
Packers WR James Jones wants to come back and he should be re-signed. He was never the same after suffering a knee injury against Baltimore, but he toughed it out and raised his level of play greatly when Flynn was playing. At some point next year, Randall Cobb is going to warrant an extension, so paying a lot for Jones isn't in the cards.
But he's good in the locker room and a pro on the field.
"I'm not one of those guys who goes home and says I'm worth 30, 40 million," Jones said. "We'll see what happens when the market comes and guys start making offers. If they start making offers, we don't even know. We're sitting here talking about free agency and I could be going to Canada. You never know."
Most professional athletes overestimate their worth so it's refreshing to hear Jones low-balling his own value. He turns 30 this March, so he's no spring chicken, but his game has improved considerably over the past two seasons. If the Packers can bring him back on an affordable deal, he would provide depth behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers to start vs. Bears
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 2:39pm
Randall Cobb has 'real chance' of playing
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:36am
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.
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.