James Jones will be missed in Green Bay
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
~He didn’t have blazing speed.
He didn’t have a flashy touchdown celebration or tons of commercials like Greg Jennings did, nor did he go on Dancing with the Stars like Donald Driver did.
But James Jones suited up, and he played.
Over seven seasons with the Packers, he missed a total of eight games. At one per season, the Packers wish all their players could be so durable.
He never had a thousand-yard season. He never caught more than 64 passes in any season.
But he made plays. He scored 24 touchdowns over the past three seasons, including leading the NFL in 2012.
He had 135 first downs over the past four seasons.
He went up high and out-muscled defenders for balls. He got past some defenders for deep ones, although not many as speed is not his biggest asset.
He also willingly blocked. Blocking is actually how he hurt his knee this past season. But true to his tough image, he only missed two games, far fewer than most expected.
But above all, he was a great teammate, and a great role model for the community. He didn’t complain when he didn’t get a single pass in last year’s opening game, which was a loss to San Francisco.
He also didn’t complain 3 years ago when he didn’t get a super big payday like he felt, and I, that he deserved. He just came back and played solid football for the Packers, and suited up almost every game, whether he got passes thrown his way or not.
And he celebrated his touchdowns by always honoring God instead of himself or his posse, or taunting the guy he beat.
Jones is so unappreciated and underrated, ESPN.com currently doesn’t even list him among all the Joneses.
I will really miss James, but I will certainly root for him as a Raider. The Packers loss is Oakland’s gain.