James Jones & Charles Woodson return home, Wilson and Ross too : Packers Insider

James Jones & Charles Woodson return home, Wilson and Ross too

August 22, 2014 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Remember the reception (boos) Greg Jennings got last year when he returned to Lambeau Field?
The boos were loud, their intent unmistakable, and Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings heard them though the former Packer insisted he was unbothered by the cold shoulder fans gave him Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.  The Vikings and Packers tied 26-26.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Vikings and Packers tied 26-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“I really wasn’t looking for any kind of reception,” Jennings said after the teams played to a 26-26 tie.

Better yet, remember the reception Brett Favre got when he made his first, and second, visit back to Lambeau Field as an opponent? There’s a big difference between the Vikings and, well, anybody else. Even the Bears.

^ That reception for Rodgers, at the end of that clip, gives me chills.
There will be the opposite reception tonight when Charles Woodson comes back. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the Packers, Woodson was paramount to the Packers winning Super Bowl XLV.

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Woodson was the big free agent addition from Ted Thompson and the Packers got his best years of his career.
He was let go a year ago in a youth-movement by Thompson, and I believe it’s been proven to have been a mistake. The guys he chose to keep instead were both proven to be failures and were disposed of.

Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson (24) reacts after a penalty call during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson (24) reacts after a penalty call during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

 

MD Jennings in the off-season and Jerron McMillian during the season last year. And now the Packers used a first round pick in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to fill that massive hole they had.

They might not have that hole this year with Sean Richardson looking good and Micah Hyde moved to safety. Yet they still might if they keep putting Morgan Burnett back there as starter. woodson raiders 1

In any event, Woodson was almost like Reggie White for the Packers defense. Very similar, from the back end though and not the front lines.

Not to be forgotten is James Jones. I have always felt that he, like AJ Hawk on defense, has been extremely under-appreciated and unheralded by Packer fans. Jones was ripped on by fans early, and down the stretch in 2010 as he had some big drops in big games and big moments.

James Jones wanted to remain with the Packers, but they went with youth and didn't try and keep him, unlike with Greg Jennings. I'm glad Jennings ended up on a bad team and had a rotten losing season last year. I hope Jones and the Raiders turn it around and surprise folks in the AFC West this year.

James Jones wanted to remain with the Packers, but they went with youth and didn’t try and keep him, unlike with Greg Jennings. I’m glad Jennings ended up on a bad team and had a rotten losing season last year. I hope Jones and the Raiders turn it around and surprise folks in the AFC West this year.

But he solved that and became a very reliable playmaker. His touchdown catches in the playoff games during the Super Bowl run were fantastic, especially in Atlanta when the game was still close.
And he was durable.

But most of all, he was a great person and a great teammate. He’s a man you’re proud to root for, and if you get to know personally, a man you’re proud to know. And one of those guys who makes you a better person just being around him. He’s kind of what we thought Greg Jennings was, until his greed and selfishness, and ego reared it’s ugly head. james jones raiders 1

I love Davante Adams and Jeff Janis. But I wanted to keep James for sure.

I know there will be a huge roar and reception for Woodson. I just ask all fans to remember all the great catches and blocks that James Jones gave the Packers from 2007-2013, and give him a huge round of applause tonight.

Packer fans were just announced as being the best fans in the NFL, which comes as no surprise to most. Please show why tonight when Jones is announced.

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