James Jones Fantasy News
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:30am
After the free agent addition of James Jones, the Raiders seem to have constructed a very promising group of wide receivers that should make them more explosive. However, in order to take the scheme up another level, the team has to see if they can get something out of the tight end position. That is why eyes are fixed on David Ausberry. The fourth-year man was slated to become the starter in 2013 before a shoulder injury knocked him out for the year. His athletic potential is sky high, but the Raiders can’t unlock it unless he’s on the field.
Mychal Rivera showed some promise last season, so this is a camp battle to watch in deep (or dynasty) formats.
Raiders beat writer Paul Gutierrez was asked about the team's depth chart at WR: "Right now right now, or later, later (George Lopez voice)? Well, right now, on June 23, I'd say that James Jones and Rod Streater are the starters, with Denarius Moore nipping at their heels and Andre Holmes waiting in the weeds. Juron Criner also showed some life in organized team activities and minicamp. Truly, though, the title of starting receiver may prove to be just that -- a title, as with no true No. 1 consistent receiver on the roster, someone like, I don't know, Andre Johnson, the Raiders figure to use a lot of mixing and matching."
Moore seems to be fading within the organization. This is a notoriously positive time of year and there have been a few negative reports about Moore's progress. Another beat writer went so far to say that Andre Holmes seems to be passing Moore on the depth chart. Streater is the player we like at his current ADP. He has progressed well and is entering his third season.
Raiders HC Dennis Allen said WR James Jones has an AC sprain, otherwise known as a separated shoulder. It typically 2-8 weeks to heal.
Jones should have enough time to heal before camp opens, but this will impact the number of reps that he'll get with QB Matt Schaub.
On the topic of the Oakland WR corps... “Rod Streater has gotten better every week that he’s been here, just works hard and has gotten a little bigger as well,” Raiders OC Greg Olson said. “Greg Little has done a really nice job. I guess there were some questions about his work ethic, but I like the way he has come in and really attacked it. He’s been very consistent catching the ball every day.” While the Raiders are rotating receivers right now, and Dennis Allen has shrugged off any talk of depth charts, observers say that James Jones, Streater and Andre Holmes are ahead of Denarius Moore, who started last year.
For an undrafted wideout, Streater’s career is moving along swimmingly. After a 39-584-3 rookie season, Streater posted a solid 60-888-4 in his second year, finishing as the #33 WR in fantasy. Among undrafted receivers, he has the 4th most yards (since 1980) in his first two seasons. (Even more impressive, he plays for the Raiders.) Streater could continue to progress provided he still sees starter’s snaps – the arrival of James Jones may be a roadblock – and Matt Schaub returns to the efficient form we’re used to seeing. There are a couple of conditions there, but Streater’s value is in the tank right now, so there is very little risk to picking him up as a WR5/WR6 if he continues to sit atop the Oakland depth chart.
Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:30pm
Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur tweeted that Andre Holmes "seems to be" passing Denarius Moore as the team's WR3.
The key takeaway here may be that James Jones and Rod Streater are locked in as the team's top two wideouts. Streater is an especially nice value in early drafts. For an undrafted wideout, his career is moving along swimmingly. After a 39-584-3 rookie season, Streater posted a solid 60-888-4 in his second year, finishing as the #33 WR in fantasy. Among undrafted receivers, he has the 4th most yards (since 1980) in his first two seasons. Provided he continues to see starter's snaps, he should provide good bench production for fantasy owners.
Rookie wide receivers rarely make a cannonball entrance in Green Bay. Jarrett Boykin will be difficult to dislodge. With Davante Adams, there are unknowns. With Boykin, knowns. He was one source of reliability when the season turned upside down. Yet he's on notice. Adams may be a more athletic playmaker at receiver long term.
After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and served as the Packers de facto WR3, catching 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, and Boykin is likely to play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack, which should be more productive with Aaron Rodgers under center. Rookie Davante Adams is the wild card, but at this point the feeling is that Boykin will hold him off. Randall Cobb only played 27% snaps as a rookie, so Adams should see a similarly limited role.
Raiders HC Dennis Allen and OC Greg Olson at times were critical of wide receiver Denarius Moore for his inconsistency. Here’s what Allen had to say about Moore’s progress in that regard: “We’re still working through that,” Allen said. “He’s not unlike a lot of guys we have on our football team. He’s still got a lot of improvement that he’s got to make. I’ve seen some strides and hopefully he’ll continue to make those strides.” Moore is competing for one of two starting spots, with Rod Streater and James Jones the other leading candidates. Allen said the Raiders can succeed without a legitimate No. 1 receiver, as long as a corps of good receivers makes plays when needed.
Whoever starts for the Raiders will likely be fantasy relevant, but the same can't be said for the team's WR3. This is something to monitor as the offseason wears on. Our money is on Rod Streater and James Jones, but Moore has shown flashes of potential. It's worrisome that Allen wasn't more complimentary at this point in the summer.
Raiders QB Derek Carr already has shown the talent and intelligence during OTAs to get the organization thinking about turning to the rookie sooner rather than later. Although Matt Schaub continues to take the bulk of the first-team practice reps, NFL Media's Albert Breer reports there is now internal belief that the veteran will be pushed by Carr.
Neither player will have a ton of fantasy value in the Raiders' offense, though there are decent options in the receiving game in James Jones, Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes.
When asked if anyone has emerged as the Raiders' WR1, beat writer Scott Blair said, "James Jones by default."
The top of the Raiders depth chart is not clear with Jones joining returnees Rod Streater (who has made strides in his first two years) and Denarius Moore (who is explosive but hasn't been able to stay healthy). It would be slightly surprising if Jones quickly ascends to the top of the depth chart, but according to Blair, that's exactly what's happening.
These practices are probably as important to Packers WR Davante Adams as anyone on the team in that he'll need to gain a trust with Aaron Rodgers. As noted by the position coach, it's not easy for rookie wideouts to break onto the scene. This offense demands a lot from receivers mentally. A background in similar concepts should help Adams assimilate. As his coach at Fresno State pointed out, there are a few things Adams must work on this spring, too.
We believe that Jarrett Boykin will hold off the talented yet inexperienced Adams to be the WR3 in 2014. After Randall Cobb went down, Boykin stepped in and caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three scores. In games where he played at least 59% of the snaps, he averaged 4.3-61-.27, which equates to 124 fantasy points over a full season. That’s about what Marques Colston scored as the #27 WR in 2013. Cobb is back, but James Jones is gone, and Boykin should play a lot in the Packers’ patented three-wide attack, which should be more productive with Aaron Rodgers under center.
The Oakland Raiders claimed wide receiver Greg Little off waivers Monday. An inconsistent player whose flashes of excellence were often overshadowed by crucial drops and off-field drama, Little was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
Little won't have any fantasy value behind Rod Streater, James Jones, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes on the Raiders' depth chart. Unfortunately for Little, his best opportunity to produce was in Cleveland.
Prior to free agency, coach Mike McCarthy suggested wide receiver Jarrett Boykin's emergence would make it easier for the Green Bay Packers to move on from James Jones. 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.
The Oakland Raiders will trade a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub, a league source told ESPN. 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.
Given Schaub's play in 2013, he's hardly a savior at QB, but the Raiders now have a stopgap option as they try to find a franchise passer. Consider this a boost for Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and the freshly signed James Jones.
Raiders reached agreement with former Packers WR James Jones, per ESPN source.
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.
Life goes on, and the Green Bay Packers appear to have moved on from wide receiver James Jones. 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. Just as Jones was one of the players that ultimately made Greg Jennings expendable last March, Jarrett Boykin is one of the players making Jones expendable this March. "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.
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