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James Jones: Packers can have three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013

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With Donald Driver retiring and Greg Jennings looking like a safe bet to play elsewhere, the Packers receiving corps will have a different look next season.

Wide receiver James Jones thinks it can be a very good look. Jones said Tuesday that he’s excited about the prospect of joining Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson in a trio capable of putting up huge numbers on the receiving end of passes from Aaron Rodgers.

“It’s exciting because it means more opportunities. As long as we can stay healthy, it means more opportunities for me, Randall and Jody. When you lose playmakers like Donald and if Greg doesn’t sign back, that’s two less guys we gotta give the ball to which means you’re going to get a lot more action,” Jones said, via NFL.com. “I can see me, Jordy and Randall getting about 80 catches a piece. I can see us all having over 1,000 yards.”

None of the three receivers sure to be back in Green Bay topped the 1,000-yard mark in 2012 as Cobb led the team with 954 yards, but they’d be awfully close to fulfilling Jones’ premonition if Nelson hadn’t missed four games and if you parceled out the 443 yards gained by Driver and Jennings the right way. Even if they don’t combine for 3,000-plus in 2013, there’s every reason to believe the Packers offense will soar next year.

That would be a very good thing for Jones. He can become a free agent after next season and would stand to cash in if he puts up big numbers after scoring 21 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

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19 Responses to “James Jones: Packers can have three 1,000-yard receivers in 2013”
  1. jhein23 says: Feb 20, 2013 9:46 AM

    I think Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson can have a 1,000 yards next season but for some reason I only see James Jones in the 800 yd area unless Jordy’s hurt again.

  2. glac1 says: Feb 20, 2013 9:47 AM

    Let the fun began…. if we can keep Rodgers upright! A healthy line with more depth and a featured back will make this offense dynamic.

  3. killface4prez says: Feb 20, 2013 10:04 AM

    They’ll probably have three receivers go over 1000 yards apiece, and three running backs combine for 1000 yards total.

  4. frogmantm says: Feb 20, 2013 10:05 AM

    They could also have zero if they can’t keep AR upright…

  5. rpiotr01 says: Feb 20, 2013 10:13 AM

    I give Jones a ton of credit for working hard and staying focused over his career, and I hope to see him continue to improve and produce and stay with GB for a long time.

    However, when contract time comes around, he would do well to remember the guy throwing him the ball when making his list of demands. He wouldn’t be the first Packer WR in the past 20 years to forget to do so, but he would do well to remember it.

  6. packman331 says: Feb 20, 2013 10:14 AM

    This does not address the biggest problem. This team needs to get tougher and more physical. I hope that is the primary focus of offseason.

  7. beardinals says: Feb 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    They could all probably have 1500 if they didn’t drop so many perfectly thrown passes.

  8. ampats says: Feb 20, 2013 10:24 AM

    James Jones whined on NFLN how he doesn’t like to play in the cold.

  9. bkostela says: Feb 20, 2013 10:27 AM

    jones has turned from a drop-machine into a very reliable receiver. but i don’t see the trio getting 1,000 each since jordy cant stay on the field.

  10. beedubyatoo says: Feb 20, 2013 10:31 AM

    He didn’t mention Jermichael Finley. If you combine the catches he will make, plus the balls he’ll drop, voila, 1000 yards.

  11. Gravy says: Feb 20, 2013 10:40 AM

    The Packers are unstoppable if we can find someone to coach up the O-line to average. MM better decide whether he wants to protect the best QB in the game or, the incompetent James Campen whose O-lines have been at the bottom of the NFL for six years. according to the numbers at Football Outsiders. Rodgers was flat-out beat up this year. If there’s no improvement on the O-line, he’ll be lucky to get through next season.

  12. packmangamble says: Feb 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    Look for the Packers to pickup a WR in the early rounds of the draft. They seem to have a knack of being successful with those kinds of picks, i.e., Cobb and Nelson.

  13. BigBeachBall says: Feb 20, 2013 11:35 AM

    Rodgers could turn me and you into 1000 yard recievers in the nfl

  14. bangithard says: Feb 20, 2013 1:24 PM

    The window is closed.

    Rodgers career will look very similar to #4’s when this is all done.

    The Packers simply DO not want to spend on free agents. My case:

    in the 90’s the Pack went and got Reggie – 2 trips to the big game

    in the 2000’s, Woodson came to town – 1 trip to the dance

    Both these players made an impact, both put them over the top. the formula to WIN in the NFL is draft well and SUPPLEMENT your roster with a DIFFERENCE MAKER in Free Agency.

    Thompson has not been active in Free Agency in 4 years and now is depleted of impact players!

    Very simple formula (haha)

  15. judsonjr says: Feb 20, 2013 1:48 PM

    Hate the lamers whining about being “tougher”.

    The game is basically:

    – Don’t turn the ball over
    – Make the other team turn the ball over
    – Don’t give up big plays
    – Don’t make mental mistakes

    “Tougher” is what the talking heads come up when a team with a conservative or non-high power offense wins a game.

    Example, everyone remembers Brandon Jacobs trucking over Charles Woodson. However, everyone forgets that play was only for a marginal gain, and the Giants really didn’t run the ball well in that game.

    Additionally everyone forgets about how the “tough” Ravens used to be the “undisciplined” Ravens when the officials decide to call the game tight.

  16. purplepunisher says: Feb 20, 2013 2:32 PM

    The Packers have the best QB in the NFL and good WR tandem, the rest of the team blows.

    2013 record 9-7, good for 2nd place in the NFC North.

  17. deltaoracle says: Feb 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    If Bishop and Bulaga come back OK and the Packers find one big hitter at LB and another at S, all of a sudden the Packers will be plenty “tough enough.”
    And Mini will yet again be saying “Wait ’til next year.”

  18. larryboodry says: Feb 20, 2013 8:18 PM

    purplepunisher says: Feb 20, 2013 2:32 PM

    “The Packers have the best QB in the NFL and good WR tandem, the rest of the team blows.”

    (Agreed.)

    “2013 record 9-7, good for 2nd place in the NFC North.”

    (Thus leaving your team in 3rd., just ahead of Detroit.)

  19. axespray says: Feb 21, 2013 12:43 PM

    Gravy says:
    Feb 20, 2013 10:40 AM
    “The Packers are unstoppable if we can find someone to coach up the O-line to average. MM better decide whether he wants to protect the best QB in the game or, the incompetent James Campen whose O-lines have been at the bottom of the NFL for six years. according to the numbers at Football Outsiders. Rodgers was flat-out beat up this year. If there’s no improvement on the O-line, he’ll be lucky to get through next season.”
    ————————————————
    Name me another oline that managed to be great when both starting offensive tackles go on IR and are replaced with Newhouse (backup guard) and Barclay (backup guard) … The guy has been coaching up late round/or undrafted players to play pretty decent in the NFL, our oline was actually 13th in pass blocking efficiency last year (football focus) – give the guy his starting oline guys to work with and tell Rodgers to learn to throw it away if nothings there and you’ll see the sack numbers go down.

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