The Packers’ depth chart at receiver is filed under nice problems to have.
With Donald Driver back in the fold, the Packers have returned all five of the players who helped Aaron Rodgers post the highest single-season passer rating in history. Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Randall Cobb and Driver create problems for defenses, but they also make it hard to keep everyone involved in the offense over the course of a season. Adding to the roster crush are Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley, two 2011 practice squadders who earned strong notices and interest from other teams without ever getting on the field for the Packers.
And we haven’t even mentioned tight end Jermichael Finley. Basically, there isn’t a lot up for grabs in that department.
The Packers have mostly put a sunny face on the situation, but Jones admitted this week that it can be a bit frustrating to be part of such a deep group. Jones re-signed with the Packers as a free agent last summer and then saw his numbers drop during the season. He told Paul Imig of FoxSportsWisconsin.com that he felt a bit like Rodney Dangerfield — “I still don’t get no respect around here” — and didn’t sound like he’d be too crestfallen if the occasional trade rumors involving him turned out to be true.
“I don’t know how good my trade value is,” Jones said. “I haven’t heard anything about trades or anything like that. I’m just here to play football. Whatever happens, happens. I don’t worry about all that stuff up top. If they came to me at my locker and said, ‘James, you’re going to the Cincinnati Bengals,’ I’d cry a little bit and then move on. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. It’s a business.”
Jones isn’t asking for a trade and makes it clear that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win another Super Bowl. It’s only human to think about what things might be like somewhere else, though. His choice of the Bengals shows that when he thinks about those things, he’s grounding it in real life. The Bengals are looking for a receiver to play opposite A.J. Green and Jones could fill that role if the Packers decide not to keep the receiving corps intact this summer.