Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 4. HC Mike McCarthy says there’s a “slight” chance that Adams plays as he “jumps through some hoops” on Saturday. If he remains out, James Jones is a very strong play while Ty Montgomery becomes a Sneaky Start.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Ian Rapoport called Adams’ injury a “high-ankle sprain” which is usually a multi-week injury, though Adams disputes this characterization of his injury. Don’t expect him to suit up this week. If he remains out, James Jones is a very strong play while Ty Montgomery becomes a Sneaky Start.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Ian Rapoport called Adams injury a “high-ankle sprain” which is usually a multi-week injury. Don’t expect him to suit up this week. If he remains out, James Jones is a very strong play while Ty Montgomery becomes a Sneaky Start.
What do you call a wide receiver who can’t catch? An ex-Giant.
With Victor Cruz sidelined by a calf injury, Parker was the de facto No. 3 wideout on the roster, but had a whopping five combined dropped passes in season-opening losses to the Cowboys and Falcons. The Giants curiously chose to keep Parker on the roster over James Jones before the season. Jones was last seen burning Richard Sherman for a 29-yard touchdown in the Packers’ 27-17 Sunday night win over the Seahawks.
Even after trainers re-taped Eddie Lacy's right ankle, the Green Bay Packers running back was taken to the locker room for further evaluation late in the first quarter of Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Packers said his return was questionable.
Lacy was taken to the locker room on a cart. Initially, it appeared Lacy was going to return to the game after Dr. Pat McKenzie examined him on the sideline.
Lacy did not return to the game after picking up one yard on a toss play to convert a third-and-1 on the game's opening drive. Two plays later, Aaron Rodgers hit James Jones for a 29-yard touchdown for the game's first score.
Monday, September 7, 2015, 1:57pm
For the first time in three tries, Myles White survived the final cuts coming out of training camp.
It didn't last long.
Two days after he was seemingly safe on the Green Bay Packers' roster, a source said the team informed him on Monday that he would be released to make room for James Jones, the veteran receiver who agreed to rejoin his old team after a visit on Sunday.
And if he could catch 73 passes last year with the Oakland Raiders and their collection of quarterbacks then there's no reason to think that one season away from Green Bay will do much to change what had been a strong bond with Rodgers.
Given how much has happened since Jones left the Packers in free agency in March 2014, it may seem like a long time ago that Rodgers and Jones last hooked up. But as Jones put it when he landed in Green Bay on Sunday to re-sign with the Packers, he's only one year removed from the offense he played in during his first seven NFL seasons.
Jones can't make up for the loss of Jordy Nelson, but there wasn't an available receiver who could. As long as Jones is the dependable player he has been throughout his career, he's the perfect fit. He has played in every game in five of the last six seasons and has missed only eight games (two in 2013 and six in 2008) in his entire eight-year career. Raiders quarterbacks targeted him 110 times last season, and he dropped only two of them, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
That connection with Rodgers is perhaps the most important aspect of this deal. Of Jones' 383 career regular-season receptions, 216 of them came from Rodgers. All but 10 of his 43 career regular-season touchdowns came from Rodgers, as well.
"It's a crazy business," Jones said Sunday. "But I'm just happy to have the opportunity to continue to keep playing."
Jones could move into the No. 3 role -- a responsibility that without him would have fallen to either Ty Montgomery or Jeff Janis. Montgomery is a rookie, and Janis caught just two passes as a rookie last season. In their three-receiver sets, which the Packers used on nearly 72 percent of their snaps last season, they can now comfortably move Cobb into the slot, where he's best, and have Jones and Adams on the outside, the story said. In his first seven seasons with the Packers, Jones caught 278 of his 310 on the outside. This move seems to hurt the fantasy value of Montgomery and Janis the most, but Adams should be safe as a top-two WR who will play on the outside, for now. We don't see much fantasy value in James Jones at the moment.
Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that Jones’s agent Frank Bauer says his client is on his way to visit with the Packers. Given Jones’s experience playing in coach Mike McCarthy’s offense with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the visit could turn into a signing pretty quickly.
While the Packers have expressed confidence in the ability of Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and the rest of the receiving corps to handle things with Jordy Nelson out for the season, the addition of Jones would give them a bit of insurance who wouldn’t need much time to get up to speed on the team’s offensive scheme.
The team cut Jones on Saturday as it works toward whittling its roster down to 53 men before the NFL's 4 p.m. EST deadline, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Jones, 31, signed with the Giants early in training camp. The ninth-year receiver was released by the Raiders in May after registering 73 catches for 666 yards and six touchdowns in 2014 for Oakland. His best year came in 2012 with the Packers, when he had 64 catches for 784 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdown catches.
Of course the bigger news here is Jones' possible landing spot back with the Packers. If that happens, it could once again shake up Green Bay's WR depth chart so it's something to monitor.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6:43pm
Jones had five catches for 83 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, both team highs. He's been with Big Blue less than a month, but the eight-year veteran certainly has a better track record than most of the receivers he's competing with for a roster spot.
"Just making the most of my opportunities," Jones said Tuesday. "It was a good game receiving the ball. Still got a lot of work to do. I’m extremely hard on myself. I dropped a ball, had a couple bad releases that I felt like would have given me the opportunity to make more plays. Run-blocking-wise I need to get my run-blocking together. Catching the football it was a pretty good game, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do."
Jones was cut by the Oakland Raiders this spring, but he led Oakland in receptions last season with 73. He's only 31 years old and not that far removed from catching 14 touchdown passes with the Green Bay Packers in 2012, the story said. Of course, the big question is if Jones could land back with the Packers, assuming they want him. The way the Giant WRs are banged up at this point of camp, New York may not want to part with him.
Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo should know a little something about his soon-to-be newest receiver. McAdoo coached Jones in Green Bay.
The Giants already have a lot of depth at receiver, so this is a curious signing despite McAdoo's familiarity with Jones from their days together in Green Bay.
“I would say Davante Adams for someone if, if you want a clear illustration and example of a first-year player taking a jump in his second year, you just saw it here the last four weeks,” Packers HC Mike McCarthy said. “I think he’s been tremendous throughout the OTAs. And he’s got more in front of him, too, so I think that’s what’s exciting. I think Davante has done a great job in the strength and conditioning. He’s been really, really good in practice throughout this deal. Davante, if you wanted me to pick an MVP or an all-star, he would definitely be atop the list.”
Adams had his moments during his rookie season, specifically against the Patriots (6-121 on 11 targets) in Week 13 and in the postseason against the Cowboys (7-117-1 on 11 targets). However, he only saw 66 passes come his way since he played alongside target hogs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Aaron Rodgers has been highly complimentary of Adams this offseason and says he has “humongous upside.” In 20 games from 2012-13, the team’s WR3, James Jones, managed WR3-type numbers (3.7-50.3-.60 on 5.6 targets) with both Cobb and Nelson in the lineup, but that was mainly due to his unusually high TD rate. In 13 games that Cobb and/or Nelson missed, Jones averaged solid WR2 numbers (4.6-58-.46 on 7.3 targets), but his TD rate regressed. We’re bullish on Adams since he has more potential than Jones. The Packers are also without a tight end of Jermichael Finley’s caliber, so there may be more targets available for the team’s third receiver. Owners should expect fantasy WR2 numbers if Cobb or Nelson go down, making the second-year wideout a great handcuff for either player.
Maturity – combined with WR Davante Adams’ natural talent, physical dimensions, athleticism and commitment to learning the offense inside and out – has Packers QB Aaron Rodgers convinced that Adams is headed for big things in 2015, even with Pro Bowl receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb at his position.
“In my mind, he has humongous upside – and he’s starting to reach that upside,” Rodgers said after the team’s open-to-the-public organized team activity practice. “I think the opportunities are going to come for him. He’s got two great guys to play with. His attention to detail is very impressive and his approach.
Adams had his moments during his rookie season, specifically against the Patriots (6-121 on 11 targets) in Week 13 and in the postseason against the Cowboys (7-117-1 on 11 targets). However, he only saw 66 passes come his way since he played alongside target hogs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. In 20 games from 2012-13, the team’s WR3, James Jones, managed WR3-type numbers (3.7-50.3-.60 on 5.6 targets) with both Cobb and Nelson in the lineup, but that was mainly due to his unusually high TD rate. In 13 games that Cobb and/or Nelson missed, Jones averaged solid WR2 numbers (4.6-58-.46 on 7.3 targets), but his TD rate regressed. We’re bullish on Adams since he has more potential than Jones and Rodgers' comments only reinforce this thinking. The Packers are also without a tight end of Jermichael Finley’s caliber, so there may be more targets available for the team’s third receiver. Owners should expect fantasy WR2 numbers if Cobb or Nelson go down, making the second-year wideout a great handcuff for either player.
The team selected Alabama receiver Amari Cooper with the No. 4 overall draft pick in last week’s draft.
The article didn't mention Andre Holmes, but he's also in the mix for snaps. Jones led the team in receptions and touchdowns, and was second to Holmes in receiving yards. The only receiver we would trust in Oakland is Cooper, since he's likely to be immediately thrust into a starting role. Crabtree, Streater and Holmes will battle for playing time.
Raiders WR Michael Crabtree admitted he has a chip on his shoulder after a frustrating free-agency experience left him with a one-year, prove-it deal that guarantees him only $1.3 million. (He can make another $400,000 for 70 catches or 900 yards, $1.4 million for 100 catches for 1,400 yards and $400,000 for being named to the Pro Bowl.)
“I have a lot to prove,” Crabtree said. “A lot to prove. Ain’t got nothing to lose and have a lot to prove.”
“I would say the year prior to last year was me recovering, trying to get back right,” Crabtree said. “This year I don’t feel a thing. Just go out there and play.”
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