Buzz: WR James Jones receiving “heavy interest” from Jets

It seems like things have been all quiet on the wide receiver front over the past few days, but there’s a new name that might be a serious target:

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

The 29-year old is a former third round pick and has been with the Packers for seven years. He has caught over 300 passes in his career and won a Super Bowl.

Jones should be slightly less expensive than the top free agent targets, but he’s still a productive player with 123 catches in the last two seasons. While he has never had a 1,000 yard season, he did set a career high with 817 yards last year. In 2012, he had 14 touchdown receptions – Jeff Cumberland led the Jets with four in 2013.

Jones used to have a reputation for dropping passes, but seems to have resolved those issues. After dropping 10 in 2009 (per PFF) he has reduced his number of drops in each season since then and only had three in 2013. If signed, he could provide a solid veteran presence, albeit perhaps without the explosiveness that the receivers unit needs someone to provide.




55 comments
gusto
gusto

The interest in James Jones shows me the Jets sorta still believe in Stephen Hill. Signing a guy like Jones who can both play wide and the slot is a pretty good insurance policy. Say we draft Marqise Lee and our top 4 receivers are Jones, Kerley, Lee, and Hill. Lee and Hill could still play well enough in training camp to force Kerley and Jones to be the 3rd and 4th receivers, or if both flop/aren't ready, Jones and Kerley is still a good (if a little average) tandem.

Signing a guy like Sanders, Tate, or Nicks while also spending a premium pick on a receiver would indicate, to me at least, that Hill's days are numbered. Kerley is already the slot, and a younger (and pricier) receiver is coming in through FA with the idea that he's the #1 option. The draft pick is probably talented enough (Beckham, Lee, Cooks) to eventually be a starter, too, so that leaves you with a top three of FA/Draft Pick/Kerley with Hill as the odd man out.

I always liked Stephen Hill and I think he has the ability to be a good pro for us (however I do think Sanjay "Heyward Bey is my claim to fame" Lal is an overrated receiver coach), so it's nice to see the team is still leaving him some room to be a Jet for the long term. I'd look for the Jets to target a receiver next off season as well if Hill flames out, and I think we should forget about adding one of the bigger contract receivers this off season.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Tate is a kick returner and an average WR. People act like he is gonna be elite for the Jets. Laverneus Coles was a better WR to put this in some perspective.

James Jones is better than Tate. Jones also comes from Green Bay and thrived outdoors in a cold weather division.

Jason Troost
Jason Troost

Hate him for both the lions and the Jets. I think he's most valuable to the Packers.

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

So we are also looking at V. Davis?

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

I'd rather sign Tate and draft wrs.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

when was the last time the jets were this far under the cap???

a57se
a57se

Apparently Cumby's deal was 3 years for $5.7 million not $3.7 million as intially reported!

That makes more sense but is still a good deal.

a57se
a57se

James Jones is an older, less reliable David Nelson.........but as a stopgap, I guess he would be easily discarded should we strike it rich in the draft.

Better news is the interest in Davis......

will898
will898

Remember these stats are with Aaron Rodgers as the QB, not Smith.

jaym
jaym

Why do the Jets need Jones according to Tony Pauline the Jets are only going to pass 20 times a game.


I am getting tired of the Pauline rumors, seems like the guy just throws stuff against the wall and maybe something will stick.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

Jones is not a major upgrade! If they can get him on the cheap to add depth then I'm okay with it. Otherwise, forget it!! Waste of resources!

Joseph H.
Joseph H.

I have a feeling this site is going to explode tomorrow evening. 

idothis2
idothis2

i wonder how the Jets are gonna fit the 15 FAs they will sign under the cap

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

James Jones? Really? Him and Stephen Hill can give everyone on the team a lesson in how not to catch a football. 

John Ledo
John Ledo

Delmas signs 1 yr 3.5 mill deal...that's a great signing by the fins...we should have signed him if it was only going to cost us 3.5 mill

nyjetsdan16
nyjetsdan16

@Brian_Bassett LMFAO, now it's This guy being linked? Idzik must really be driving the media crazy holding everything tight to the vest.

JsnMeeker
JsnMeeker

@Brian_Bassett interesting... name I didn't hear about at all.. Like Idzik to hold things until they happen (or close)

Vinny Cammarato
Vinny Cammarato

I like it, Solid hold the fort guy, gives us draft flexibility, we need a legit #2, should be cheap. Then maybe Hakim Nicks on a 1 year deal, Davis at CB and Ashmoth at Guard. Id be happy

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

I'd be happy with that to start.  I think they'd have to add a speedier WR as well.  A rookie might struggle early.  Work the rookie in slow. 

Pat d
Pat d

Jones is better than Tate but he had one of the most accurate QBs throwing to him. I guess we will find out who the Jets are really interested in.

bradysucks
bradysucks

As a punt returner Tate is better....Jones is a better WR

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  


Pretty sure you'll find that he has $1.0m of incentives due in each of year two and three.


You'll recall the deal was $3.7m BEFORE incentives.  Clearly these are LTBE (likely to be earned) which means they must be accounted for against the cap but will only be paid if he achieves them.  I'd imagine they would be based on playing time or production equivalent to what he had last year, so he'll only get that extra million in year two and three if his production and/or playing time improves.

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

Older less reliable with 800 yes and a season with 14 TDs. I like Nelson but this guys better. Brings up a good point though..which comes first the qb or the WR. While lots of cases of receivers signing big FA contracts, going to teams with a bad QB and having at best average seasons, I don,t remember any good receivers going to teams with bad QQb and putting up good to great numbers. That's why I,d kind of like middle of the road FA receivers plus high drafts, not sure Geo has the game to support a big time receiver. Draft picks they can grow together, FA a guy who doesn't cost much and dump him in a year or two as draftees develop. Put the real Monet where FA,s are not dependent on others play I.e. CB, OG, Back up QB, safety, rush LB but receivers depend too much on the QB

bradysucks
bradysucks

You've lost it if you think Nelson is as good as Jones.

a57se
a57se

@will898  

B-b-but Geno was the second rated passer in the league the last four games!

williamg1
williamg1

@Joseph H.  If we sign Eric Decker for $10M a year, I will resort to self-immolation. 

marcus81
marcus81

@Jesse Brand of all the FA WR's I prefer Tate, then they could go TE and WR in the draft

Bent
Bent moderator

@Tequila Joe  


Dropped passes


2009 - 10

2010 - 8

2011 - 6

2012 - 4

2013 - 3


This simply isn't an issue for him any more.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Joseph Koll  In an ideal world, Hill would step up.  But, um...yeah.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Rodgers is better than Geno which benefitted Jones but lets not forget that Russell Wilson is better than Geno also...This benefitted Tate

__fense
__fense

@a57se @will898  Do you even read the comments you're trying to mock? Literally no one has ever argued that Geno played as well as Aaron Rodgers last year. These strawmen are why no one takes you seriously.

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

Decker sucks but I'd give him 10 mil fo his wife

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

I like Tate as well but sanders is a beast and will cost less

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

Bent how much of Steven Hill and other Jet Receiver issues dou you attribute to having in 2012 and 2013 the worst QB play in the NFL and in 2012 the worst OC in football. Given that is itrealistic to expect a FA coming from either Rodgers! Peyton , Eli to approach past production at all?

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@Bent theres a chance pending what the jets do in free agency and  the draft with the wr posistion that hill wont even make the team this year 

Bernard Mclaughlin
Bernard Mclaughlin

@bradysucks Like  I said if you look at Coles stats  in 2005 and 2007 without a decent QB( Pennington injured) he still had credible stats . Given a healthy QB those years he would have had another two sasons well over 100 yds. he was a agamer.

harold
harold

The Seahawks are a running team. Period.

Brendan
Brendan

@Tequila Joe There is zero logic to this statement. He doesn't double-catch, either. He's one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL, in fact. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Bernard Mclaughlin  


I think that was certainly a factor, but as the Fire Schotty brigade found out, getting rid of the OC isn't necessarily a panacea.  Plenty of factors at play here.