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Packers’ James Jones complains about his playing time

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Packers receiver James Jones was only on the field for 19 offensive plays in the opener against the Saints, and he’s not happy about that.

“I don’t care about the ball at all, but I truly, truly want to be in the game plan. Everybody plays this game because they want to play,” Jones told ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I’m not selfish; I understand we’ve got a lot of weapons, so I’m not saying I want the ball every play. But I think I deserve to be on the field more than I was.”

Jones had one catch for one yard against the Saints, but he made clear that he wasn’t blaming Aaron Rodgers for not getting him the ball. Instead, his complaint is with the coaching staff for not putting him on the field.

“Aaron’s got his hands full. We’ve got a lot of weapons. It’d be stupid for me to come up to Aaron and tell him I’m open,” Jones said. “Every receiver’s going to say they’re open on every play even when they’re covered. I don’t bother Aaron. Aaron throws to the open guy. He’s been good throwing to the open guy. Aaron doesn’t tell me to sub into the game. So if I’m not in the game, he can’t throw it to me on the sideline.”

Jones noted that what really matters is the Packers beat the Saints. He just wishes he had been a bigger part of that.

“At the end of the day, we won the ballgame, that’s the main focus,” Jones said. “Do I want to be more involved? No doubt.”

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  1. ddjesus says: Sep 15, 2011 7:47 AM

    Can’t say I blame him, he’s the odd man out in a talented receiving corps. If he waits a year or two for DD to retire, I think he’s ready to be the 2 guy.

  2. mavajo says: Sep 15, 2011 7:47 AM

    Tell ya’ what Jonesy. Stop dropping the ball, and then I guarantee you that they won’t be able to keep you off the field.

  3. flyerscup2010 says: Sep 15, 2011 7:48 AM

    everyone here is going to trash james jones because jordy nelson is the great white hope

  4. nxsteven says: Sep 15, 2011 7:48 AM

    Packers have too many weapons. Didn’t they just extended this guy? Should have let him walk for a comp pick or just trade him now before he loses all value. He’s a good WR, even has some decent height.

  5. jessethegreat says: Sep 15, 2011 7:48 AM

    Perhaps he should talk to the coaches INSTEAD OF THE TALKING HEADS! Keep it in-house guys.

  6. rayvens says: Sep 15, 2011 7:48 AM

    Packers’ James Jones complains about his playing time
    —————————————
    Wat happen to “Just winning”?

  7. transam7816 says: Sep 15, 2011 7:50 AM

    I don’t think you complaining will help your cause.

  8. nflfollower says: Sep 15, 2011 7:50 AM

    Honesty. It isn’t appreciated in this case.

  9. mhs8031 says: Sep 15, 2011 7:50 AM

    Then catch the ball more than 60% of the time it hits your hands.

  10. mempusa says: Sep 15, 2011 7:51 AM

    Work harder, stop complaining. Simple as that

  11. duanethomas says: Sep 15, 2011 7:53 AM

    Quit batting down balls like a defensive back and you well get into the gameplan. Until then the coaches will play the one’s who can catch.

  12. austskate says: Sep 15, 2011 7:53 AM

    Should’ve thought about this before you re-signed with them this offseason James

  13. tjacks7 says: Sep 15, 2011 7:58 AM

    Jones is a pretty decent receiver. But truthfully, Jennings and Driver are their 1 and 2. Nelson stepped into the slot. And Randall Cobb may be emerging as a new and improved Jones. Hes also been plaited by drops at times. I’d have to think his best shot at playing time would have come in another city when he was a free agent this year.

  14. stealersfannot says: Sep 15, 2011 8:01 AM

    I’m sure if your talent relative to the other recievers warranted you being on the field, you’d be on the field.

    The majority of guys on the squad aren’t starters. I’m sure they’d want to be a bigger part of success. I’m sure the guys on the practice squad think they have the talent, if only they got to showcase it on Sunday.

    There are guys sitting in Free Agency that have no clue why no one is taking advantage of their talents.

    One of them is “flabbergasted” as to why no NFL team wants his toxic attitude in their locker rooms.

    It goes on and on.

  15. SpartaChris says: Sep 15, 2011 8:09 AM

    James- Whining about the coaching staff isn’t the best way to make sure you see the field. They just gave you an extension, so they know you’re there. Relax, be patient, quit your whining and understand it’s just week 1.

  16. SpartaChris says: Sep 15, 2011 8:10 AM

    flyerscup2010 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 7:48 AM
    everyone here is going to trash james jones because jordy nelson is the great white hope
    ==============================
    Or it’s because Jordy Nelson is better..

    Just sayin.

  17. jg1970 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:11 AM

    I would be concerned had his response been anything but this. What competitor doesn’t want to be on the field?

  18. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 15, 2011 8:11 AM

    Jones just signed a FREE AGENT deal with Green Bay. He played there last year. He knew what the score was (personnel wise) before he took the bucks and stayed in Green Bay.

    Just shut up James. Count your money and catch the ball when they throw it at you ok?

  19. scoops1 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:13 AM

    Shut up JJ…

    we heard the same thing from AJ Hawk after the Week 1 win last season

  20. claymatthewsloveshgh says: Sep 15, 2011 8:13 AM

    Fact: The incest rate in Wisconsin is 32% higher than the national average!

  21. qdog112 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:17 AM

    Could this a chink in the armor? Perhaps, it’s he law of diminishing returns, which states that “in all productive processes, adding more of one factor of production, while holding all others constant, will at some point yield lower per-unit returns.”

    Could you sometimes have too many weapons? Is there a locker room issue brewing? If not, why is this public? Or is it that I’m a Panthers’ fan just looking for hope?

  22. redgreen3b1 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:20 AM

    Whether Nelson is black, white, or blue. He’s a damn good WR. Better than Jones by a mile. That size too is another thing he has.

  23. haroldballsagna says: Sep 15, 2011 8:21 AM

    Umm, James… you’re the one that resigned buddy, despite the writing already being on the wall

  24. calloustongue says: Sep 15, 2011 8:24 AM

    Driver had more drops last year and Jennings had just as many. So let’s not act like JJ is a terrible WR with no hands.

    I read the original interview and it hardly sounds like complaining. He said he wants to get on the field more. What player doesn’t? He understands there’s only 1 ball and a plethora of targets for Rodgers. Not a bad problem to have.

    Nice spin trying to create controversy where there is none. Kinda like when AJ Hawk didn’t play last year in the 1st game vs Philly and ya’ll made a big stink about that. How’d that turn out again?

  25. calloustongue says: Sep 15, 2011 8:26 AM

    Go read Rodgers interview from yesterday and take note of how he rips on the media. Are you guys really going to run to the guy with the lowest catch total every week and try to start a controversy over who isn’t getting the ball this week? I suppose you need to have something to write to keep your jobs….

  26. epmckenna says: Sep 15, 2011 8:27 AM

    James Jones is the 5th best WR on the team, and they have better RBs and TEs. He should shut up. He’s lucky the Packers re-signed him because he drew little interest elsewhere, and frankly they don’t need him.

  27. acmepacker says: Sep 15, 2011 8:28 AM

    flyerscup2010 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 7:48 AM
    everyone here is going to trash james jones because jordy nelson is the great white hope
    ——–
    That was pretty weak! It’s about performance.
    Everything in life isn’t about color.

  28. gunpowderchronicle says: Sep 15, 2011 8:29 AM

    I thought Ron Paul was the great white hope.

    Oh wait, wrong sport.

  29. johnnyb216 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:33 AM

    Well that didn’t take long.

  30. beedubyatoo says: Sep 15, 2011 8:40 AM

    Jordy Nelson is an excellent receiver that would start on 90% of the teams in the NFL.

  31. nickbeam says: Sep 15, 2011 8:41 AM

    Let him play! Every time he plays the Bears he fumbles at least once!

  32. freethrowtommy says: Sep 15, 2011 8:43 AM

    You don’t blame him? Why? He was a free agent last year and decided to come back to the Packers. I am sure it had part to do with no other teams offering him good money. I honestly can’t believe the Packers got him back. He was suppose to be as good as gone.

    But also, he isn’t the number 2 guy… even if you remove Driver. Right now, not counting Driver, he is probably 3… borderline 4 behind Cobb. With Driver, he is 4 or 5. Jennings, Nelson, Driver, Jones/Cobb is pretty much the depth chart… there is a reason he isn’t seeing the field… he has huge mental lapses in big time moments…

  33. sippindasyzurp says: Sep 15, 2011 8:50 AM

    As a packer fan I think James Jones is nice weapon to have for Rodgers… Although I really think the team should have re-signed Cullen Jenkins, cause the D-line is a position that is a higher priority this year.

  34. anactualnflowner says: Sep 15, 2011 8:52 AM

    This will be a non issue in a few weeks, guaranteed.

  35. claymatthewsloveshgh says: Sep 15, 2011 8:52 AM

    James Jones should be thankful to be on ANY team…he is horrible

  36. cshearing says: Sep 15, 2011 8:55 AM

    This is a reasonable complaint; don’t lump him in with the usual WR divas. He expressly said he is not asking for the ball more, saying that would be dumb. Very refreshing, if you ask me.

  37. Exiled1 says: Sep 15, 2011 8:59 AM

    flyerscup2010 says:Sep 15, 2011 7:48 AM

    everyone here is going to trash james jones because jordy nelson is the great white hope

    How about as a Packer fan, I don’t care if the guy is white,black,blue,plaid or whatever. Keep having standout games and Jordy Nelson will be a fan favorite because he’s producing on the field.

    The Packers have an embaressment of riches in the WR department. Somebody is bound to get left out. Who knows? This week it could be Jones’ week. Next week Driver. Maybe Cobb tears it up the following.

  38. aaronitout says: Sep 15, 2011 8:59 AM

    flyerscup2010 says:
    Sep 15, 2011 7:48 AM
    everyone here is going to trash james jones because jordy nelson is the great white hope

    ————————————————————

    I can’t tell if you are being sarcastic or not but Nelson has had 15 catches for 217 yards and 2 tds in his last 2 games….if he kept that up for a season (which I don’t think he will) that would be 1,736 yds and 16 tds….so yea, he’s doing ok.

  39. MossMoon2Packers says: Sep 15, 2011 9:02 AM

    James, you make a reasonable request to be a bigger part of GB’s game plan, and you did so with fairness and class and without pointing fingers or causing dissension. For that, you deserve to be commended. However, as mavajo said, you’d have a stronger argument if you stop dropping catchable balls. Learn to catch the ball and the coaches won’t be able to keep you out of the game plan.

  40. august1969 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:02 AM

    Jordy Nelson is the white Wes Welker

  41. omegaichiban says: Sep 15, 2011 9:12 AM

    cut him

  42. claymatthewsloveshgh says: Sep 15, 2011 9:18 AM

    Can anyone tell me if A Rodgers has been suspended yet? For his Dont Ask Dont Tell violation!

  43. mjs2012 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:20 AM

    Non story.

    Once a defense decides to play press coverage, Jones will explode for a huge game since he is the quickest WR off the snap on the roster.

  44. golfballwackerguy says: Sep 15, 2011 9:22 AM

    I cant blame him either. As a fan of The Packers, I think he has a TON of talent. Just needs a bit more focus. Drops the easy one too often.

  45. packerfan12 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:23 AM

    Didn’t James have problems before last season too? Isn’t that why he wanted to leave GB for a little while? If you didn’t like the decisions made by the coaching staff in previous seasons then why would you come back? I like James Jones and I think he’s a talented receiver, but he has to understand that the Packers like to spread out teams and Rodgers is gonna go with who’s open.

    I just hope he doesn’t become our next Daryn Colledge where he just complains about something at the end of every game, and is an all around nuisance to the team.

  46. realitypolice says: Sep 15, 2011 9:23 AM

    It’s obvious that you don’t care about the ball at all. That’s why you keep leaving it on the ground.

  47. mvp43 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:25 AM

    The Packers signed Jones as an insurance policy in the event Driver runs out of gas or Finley’s injured knee doesn’t respond well to more playing time. It was a good move by the team and Jones. He will get his opportunity at some point.

  48. imjinbrdgr says: Sep 15, 2011 9:26 AM

    It’s a long season . Guys will miss a game here and there. Jones will get his playing time. A guy can’t drop all those easy TD’s and not lose some confidence of the staff. Just shut up and wait your turn James, and instead of letting the ball bounce off your gut, grab it with your hands and run into the end zone.

  49. rabidbillsfan says: Sep 15, 2011 9:31 AM

    … Buffalo could use another proven guy.

  50. thetechnocrat says: Sep 15, 2011 9:32 AM

    Uh oh. Careful or you’ll be complaining about being traded to Cincy.

  51. doughboy86 says: Sep 15, 2011 9:42 AM

    all of you wanna talk about james jones doesnt do this doesnt do that but had a better year than jordy & driver last year & driver had more drops & if u knew any better rodgers said out of his own mouth they dont get to the super bowl with james jones last year & said he was the biggest priority for the team this offseason to re-sign so @ least no ur stats & facts before bashing the man

  52. truthserum4u says: Sep 15, 2011 9:54 AM

    On the one hand it’s good he wants to be out on the field earning his new contract and not just collecting on it.

    On the other, he signed back up with the team knowing they already had Driver, Jennings, Nelson and drafted Cobb. You would think he might have signed elsewhere if playing time was a big consideration.

    Besides…it’s been just ONE game.

  53. gdeli says: Sep 15, 2011 10:04 AM

    excellent! a kink in the armor. Hello future viking! ha boo packers.

  54. scudbot says: Sep 15, 2011 10:15 AM

    Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee. You forgot to give the guy the credit. Fixed; no charge.

  55. pigskinswag says: Sep 15, 2011 10:42 AM

    What a coincidence. I was just complaining about guys who get outplayed by guys at their position who complain about their playing time.

  56. minkytails says: Sep 15, 2011 10:43 AM

    Driver had more drops than Jones last season. He should be seated.

  57. packfaninpackland says: Sep 15, 2011 10:46 AM

    Jones should be happy he even got in on 19 plays. Right now, he is … AT BEST … the 6th best receiver on the team behind Jennings, Finley, Driver, Nelson and Cobb.

    By the way James, whining to the media after just one game, NOT a way to win your way into McCarthy’s heart and get on the field !

  58. jusford says: Sep 15, 2011 10:49 AM

    Change the title to “Packers’ James Jones discusses playing time” and it doesn’t seem so bad does it. Making a mountain out of a mole hill, bravo.
    Jones was signed as an insurance that someone may go down and Driver may play another 3 years. He was playing injured the last half of the season and couldn’t finish the Superbowl.

  59. chris6523 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:51 AM

    everyone here is going to trash james jones because jordy nelson is the great white hope

    _____________________________

    Didn’t Jordy Nelson have 9 catches for 140 yards and a TD in the super bowl? I guess the Steelers kept letting him get open because he’s white.

    Seriously, though, the signing of Jones in the offseason was surprising to me. he’s clearly their number 4 or maybe even number 5 receiver right now. Add to that the fact that Finley is a very good receiving tight end, it didn’t appear to be a move the pack needed to make. Barring injuries or a failure to resign Nelson, I don’t see Jones ever moving above the #4 receiver spot in Green bay

  60. thephantomstranger says: Sep 15, 2011 11:01 AM

    Sounds like a schism to me.

  61. glac1 says: Sep 15, 2011 11:02 AM

    Trade him! He’s a cancer waiting to happen…

  62. glac1 says: Sep 15, 2011 11:04 AM

    gdeli- Who are the current world champions? Who starts a quarterback who threw for 39 yards in the opener?? Who’s team is headed to LA??? Who’s team it trying to build around a runningback??? Who’s team continues to struggle to sell out on a weekly basis unless some corporations step up and buy thousands of seats weekly (unless the Pack is in town)?

  63. ikickgypsies says: Sep 15, 2011 12:46 PM

    I see no connection between Jones complaints about playing time and how enormously fat most Packer fans are. None whatsoever.

  64. soooooooze says: Sep 15, 2011 12:46 PM

    Dear James Jones,

    STHU! It’s only one game! I understand your frustration, I really do. But at the same time, how many dropped passes did you have last season? Many of those could have most definitely been “game changers” and instead of catching the ball, you batted it down. Furthermore, the team is stacked, STACKED and yes, I mean S-T-A-C-K-E-D! Aaron has some pretty gifted targets to throw to; Driver, Jennings, Finley, Nelson (most of the time), rookie with the breakout “I listened to God” performance – Cobb and I’m not even mentioning Quarless, Crabtree or the (other) rookies.

    Anyhow, I’m not really going to rant about this. All I want to say is that I think you’re great and if you played for any other team, you might be a first string WR. BUT since you play for the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers, you’re like number 3, tops, on the totem pole. So stop complaining, make the best out of every opportunity on the field (even if it’s only 19 plays in the game) and watch your back because Cobb is gunning for your job…like seriously, just catch everything that flies near your zip code!

    Sincerely,
    Sus

    P.S. GO PACK GO!

  65. calloustongue says: Sep 15, 2011 1:11 PM

    So a talented, competitive athlete wants to get on the field and help his team and the media says he’s complaining? Wow, what a jerk. Let’s ask every team’s back up WR’s if they want more snaps and they what they say.

  66. ikickgypsies says: Sep 15, 2011 2:41 PM

    calloustongue says:

    Let’s ask every team’s back up WR’s if they want more snaps and they what they say.

    *******************

    Yes calloustongue let’s they what they say immediately! Bravo! golfclap

  67. judsonjr says: Sep 15, 2011 3:19 PM

    Part of it is that Finley is taking snaps that used to be Jones’ on the goalline.

    The other thing is that while James may not like it, his getting double covered basically got Cobb his TD. Cobb lined up in the slot with Jones wide. The guy covering Cobb slid over at the snap so Jones was bracketed over and under. Cobb was 1:1 over the middle against a slower guy and thus he was wide open.

  68. paulharghis says: Sep 15, 2011 5:28 PM

    This is the Packer fanbase in a nutshell. If this were a Viking player complaining, there would be 150 posts from Packer fans laughing and making jokes.

    Now, when it’s the Packers with the problem- they are “stacked”- wait STACKED, no wait, S-T-A-C-K-E-D.

    So predictably hypocritical.

    Not only that, this post had nothing to do with the Vikings or their fans. Yet, Packer fans have to bring the Vikings into it. Why is that?

    If our team is so God awfully horrible, why do you care about them at all?
    Why is it that it’s not good enough that the packers are good, but that the Vikings have to be bad too?

    I find it very odd that a whole fanbase is fixated on another team.

  69. purplehayseuss says: Sep 15, 2011 8:11 PM

    paulharghis, Amen, Brother! I think GB worshipers believe they must constantly kick Minny and we the Vikings fans because we are able to effectively throw their bile back at them when the poop hits the Holy Fan in Lambeau.

    I’ve said it many times, but GB is the very first fan base to call for the heads of the team leadership and management when anything goes wrong in Cheese Land. No, they are perfect, of course, but when a player or manager has the temerity to leave, or behave in other than the Packer Way, meaning outside the expectations of the ‘owners’, the offender/infidel is banished forever. The only exception to this mighty rule will be Favre, whom will be in the Hall wearing Packer colors in 5 years, and only then will there be any kind of forgiveness. Favre may reach Archangel status like Starr and that ilk from the 60s, but only maybe. Burning jerseys? Please, people. Favre was their savior for years, and they forgave him weekly for every single soul-crushing interception, and only when Favre himself began to argue with the management did the rank and file ‘owners’ begin to stab at him. When Favre left GB, he was literally crucified.
    I have no problem whatsoever coming here into this GB thread and saying this. You should see the flood of vitriol oozing on the latest McNabb-bash post directly from these GB trolls.

  70. axespray says: Sep 15, 2011 8:12 PM

    ^ says the kid that got banned for crying about the Packers on Packer related news items….

    “I find it very odd that a whole fanbase is fixated on another team…”

    smh…. keep cryin.

  71. axespray says: Sep 16, 2011 12:22 AM

    paulharghis says:Sep 15, 2011 5:28 PM

    This is the Packer fanbase in a nutshell. If this were a Viking player complaining, there would be 150 posts from Packer fans laughing and making jokes.

    Now, when it’s the Packers with the problem- they are “stacked”- wait STACKED, no wait, S-T-A-C-K-E-D.

    So predictably hypocritical.

    Not only that, this post had nothing to do with the Vikings or their fans. Yet, Packer fans have to bring the Vikings into it. Why is that?

    If our team is so God awfully horrible, why do you care about them at all?
    Why is it that it’s not good enough that the packers are good, but that the Vikings have to be bad too?

    I find it very odd that a whole fanbase is fixated on another team.
    ———————————-

    then here’s a hint, don’t go on Packer related news items, or go near the comments section if you get that darn butt hurt over a comments section….
    and quit cyber celebrating with your little viking buddies…. stuff is pathetic.

  72. paulharghis says: Sep 16, 2011 8:01 PM

    Who is butt hurt? Certainly not me. I’m just calling Packer fans out for being the hypocritical loudmouths that they are.

    I cannot help that this hits to close to home with you.

    We aren’t celebrating- we are agreeing with each other.

    Here’s a hint- take your own advice – don’t read my comments if you don’t like it.

    You can’t help yourself though- you think you have to “put me in my place”.
    Doofus.

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