Alright, he’s not back with the Green Bay Packers, but our main man James Jones is back in the NFL. Jones signed with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday.
Jones received a one-year deal.
The move was necessitated because Stevie Johnson tore his meniscus on Sunday. The injury will require surgery and leave Johnson sidelined indefinitely.
In San Diego, Jones enters a situation much like the one he was in last season. Released by the Raiders after the NFL Draft, Jones was picked up by the New York Giants when training camp began. He was the team’s leading receiver in the preseason, but the Giants decided to go with young, unproven guys for depth instead of the veteran.
That move backfired for the Giants, who couldn’t find a receiver not named Odell Beckham Jr. that was worth a crap all year. Meanwhile, Jones caught on with the Packers and led the team in receiving yardage and touchdowns.
The Chargers also have that young, unproven depth behind starters Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. Their next three receivers are Dontrelle Inman, Tyrell Williams and Javontee Herndon.
We could see Jones landing on the street again before the regular season starts. On the other hand, the Chargers obviously value veteran receivers to some degree or Johnson wouldn’t have been on the roster to begin with.
Jones beat out a couple of other old codgers (with much less impressive resumes) to get the job in San Diego. Both Brian Hartline and Lance Moore were also in for workouts before the team announced the signing.
LONG LIVE THE HOODIE!