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Packers' 3rd receiver? "Jones-Jordy"
Posted Jul. 25 at 09:02 PM
Either James Jones or Jordy Nelson should emerge as the No. 3 receiver in one of the league's best passing offenses this year. Don't feel bad if you're not sure who to give the edge to; the Packers aren't either.
When asked who his No. 3 is, wide receiver coach Jimmy Robinson says "Jones-Jordy." That's in a story by Bob McGinn at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel online.
The article also has some mildly worrying information about No. 2 Donald Driver, who had knee surgery in the offseason and who offensive coordinator Joe Philbin says he hasn't seen do anything in offseason ("since January 10"). Philbin goes on to praise Driver's desire and mental toughness, saying Driver has said he'll be ready for training camp. Still, the wideout is now 35 years old.
Given Driver's age, the fact that he's coming off surgery on both knees, and also that his play slipped some last year, that No. 3 role is critical in Green Bay. Not only will it be very productive regardless, but it has the chance to become a No. 2 role sooner rather than later.
Jones has shown a little more to this point in his career, but the Packers obviously like Nelson a lot, drafting him the year after Jones, early in the second round. (Jones was a third-rounder.) That battle is a critical one to keep an eye on in the preseason.
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