James Jones, WR

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Chargers release WR James Jones

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 8:56am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

James Jones had a big year in Green Bay in 2015, But Jones could not recreate his summer magic in San Diego, and struggled to pick up the playbook, according to reports.

Jones very well may have something left in the tank. But there is not a huge market for 32-year-old No. 3/No. 4 wide receivers who lack elite speed and don't play special teams.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Jones may need to sit home for a few weeks and wait for an injury to hit somewhere before he gets another chance. As for the Bolts, it could mean good news for Tyrell Williams or Dontrelle Inman. Previous reports said Keenan Allen could play the slot which would put Williams on the outside, while Inman is more of a slot receiver which could keep Allen on the outside.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
With Stevie Johnson done for the season after tearing a meniscus, James Jones was signed to add another veteran weapon for Philip Rivers. Jones, who had 50-catch season with the Packers last season, may have lost a step at 32, but with Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin already slated for starting spots, the Chargers are apparently comfortable using Jones as a veteran replacement in a limited role in 2016.

Fantasy Downside
In addition to having lost a step, Jones moves into the mix with younger players like Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman, both of whom may have an edge on the veteran newcomer in their understanding of the offense and their chemistry with Rivers.

2016 Bottom Line
Jones won't merit redraft consideration even if he makes the final cut -- something that isn't certain heading into exhibition play. Should he excel in August and make the 53-man roster, Jones will likely be relegated to waiver-wire status. His proven nose for the end-zone could serve him well in that capacity as the season progresses, but nobody should jump to conclusions about that without seeing evidence of it on the field.

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