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.”