There are certainly no guarantees in the NFL, but one thing is for sure, James Jones would like to remain a Green Bay Packer.
After spending a season away, with the Oakland Raiders, Jones was signed by the Packers after the loss of star receiver Jordy Nelson. From then on, Jones exceeded whatever expectations the Pack' had for him, by becoming one of Aaron Rodgers's most reliable weapons.
Jones finished with 50 catches for a team-high 890 yards and eight touchdowns.
“Man, it was great to be back,” Jones said Monday morning as he cleaned out his locker. “Be back with my teammates, a lot of guys that I came in with for the first seven years of my career. It felt good. I wish it would have ended a different way. It didn’t, but it felt good to be back.”
With Nelson set to return next season, Jones could be a good option at No.3 or No.4 receiver. For his part, Jones believes Nelson will be back as strong as ever.
“Jordy will be ready,” Jones said. “He will be ready a lot sooner than a lot of people think he will be ready. The guy has been in here, putting in a lot of work. He sleeps with his ice machine on, he takes all that stuff home, he works hard. He’ll be back. I’m proud of him.”
The Packers will also likely be patient with 2014 second-round pick Davante Adams, who had a disappointing season, amid injuries.
This may leave Jones the odd man out.
Jones made his feelings about staying in Green Bay abundantly clear.
“I would love to finish my career here,” Jones said. “But I said that last time. So it’s a crazy business. We’ll see want happens.”
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