James Jones is an Oakland Raider

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James Jones

James Jones

Well, shortly after we begged someone, anyone, to sign receiver James Jones someone did. That someone is the Oakland Raiders.

Jones got a three-year deal with the Raiders, where former Green Bay Packers exec Reggie McKenzie is the general manager.

The Green Bay Packers made no effort to re-sign Jones, who turns 30 this year. They’ll move Jarrett Boykin up the ladder to replace Jones as the team’s No. 3 receiver in 2014.

Meanwhile, the Raiders get some experience. Jones has more of that than any other receiver on the Raiders’ roster. He’s also arguably the best receiver on the Raiders’ roster, although Denarius Moore might have a case.

The problem is, who the hell is throwing these guys the ball? Terrelle Pryor? Matt McGloin? Some soon-to-be castoff like Matt Schaub or Mark Sanchez?


Jones is going to be dreaming of his days with Aaron Rodgers this coming season.

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19 Comments on "James Jones is an Oakland Raider"

  1. GBslacker

    I never understood the love affair fans had with JJ.

    He played very stiff — if it wasn’t a perfect ball, it wasn’t a catch.

    I’ve seen so many passes to him, that were in his vicinity, where he didn’t stretch, lean, adjust, or even extend his arms to the ball. And as far as diving, or laying out for the ball — forget it.

    He wasn’t particularly big, fast, or quick.

    Yet I’ve seen comments that paint him as something more than a #2 receiver, when he’s really a #3 with some question marks.

    Would not be surprised to see him turn in a Viking-Jenning’s season considering the Oakland QB situation.

    • Phatgzus

      Still hung up on 2010? You haven’t watched him the past two years have you?

      In addition to the examples all the others have provided, what about that adjustment and catch vs. ATL this season? It’s not like he didn’t have separation on any of those routes either.

  2. Jurgens
    • Savage57

      Thanks for the clips. He’s going to be missed more than people suspect. But I’m glad for the guy, he’s finally getting his payday and the Raiders are getting just a generally good dude that’ll help them on the field and in the locker room.

      Going to miss the circus catches, though.

      Jarrett Boykin, your time is now. Step up.

  3. Packerguy

    “He played very stiff — if it wasn’t a perfect ball, it wasn’t a catch”
    This isn’t 2010.

  4. Shawn Iltarion

    Slacker, that is the most off-base comment I’ve ever read from you.

    Did you watch this guy’s career?

    How about that catch he made that gave the Packers half their total yardage against D-troi? That ball was perfectly thrown? Thrown to the defender, sure.

    JJ ripped it from the defender. Shoved him away, gets down the sideline, bitched another defender and gets like 40 yards. Arguably, it was the best play for the Packers last season.

    JJ made plays like that for the Packers every since we drafted him.

    The guy looks good in black, but I’m sorry to hear that, like Woodson last season, he has decided to not play for an NFL team anymore.

    The Raiders are a joke.

    Who knows, maybe they’ll draft a decent QB and actually become an NFL football team again.

  5. dj

    Jones will make the though catches but he will drop the ball that hits him in the hands in stride.

    I had no idea he was already almost 30

  6. E. Wolf

    That;s too bad. JJ was a good guy, and a good receiver. Rodgers may have made him better than he really was however.

  7. Big B

    I was sure we would bring him back on the cheap, like last time. It’s a sad fate for a classy Packer- now figure him for 50 catches and 600 yards with a few TDs this season. His mug will be on an NFL milk carton. I’m sure it was a financial necessity for him, but what an abysmal way to finish one’s career.

  8. Shawn Iltarion

    I guess he still has a house within an hour of Oakland’s team facilities.

    So, like Woodson, he is going home.

  9. Adam

    The ridiculous leaping TD against the then-undefeated Texans on Monday Night Football to close out the first half is always the catch that sticks out in my mind of his highlight reel.

    Wish JJ the best of luck.

  10. Vijay

    Quality pick and quality person by Ted Thompson. Wish him well and he looks damn good in the silver and black! (I have no concerns with Ted and WR picks)…

    Go James Jones!

  11. Richard Crainium

    Jones will be missed for sure!!! More the that dope who signed with the vikes before last season! DRC signs with G-men 5 years 30m n we resign Sam I Am 4 years 40…. Still scratching my head on that one!!!!

  12. Zippy Joe

    James Jones brings leadership and a winning attitude to the Raiders. I wish he could have gone to a more powerful team, but most of them spent their cap money on marquee players. I wish him continued success.

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