Green Bay receivers tend to start slow
Posted Jun. 20 at 04:39 AM
Let's keep an eye on James Jones this year. The Packers may have two talented wide receivers ahead of him (and also drafted a talented pass catcher early in the second round), but Jones played pretty well as a rookie, and there's a long history of wide receivers coming on in Green Bay after relatively slow starts to their careers.
Sterling Sharpe, Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman, Javon Walker, Donald Driver and Greg Jennings all went on to have monster seasons at some point in their career after doing very little as rookies. Jones, on the other hand, tore up the league in the preseason last August, then was slightly more impressive than any of those guys in his first year.
We're not sure exactly how Jones will fit in, of course. Nobody is. But he appears to have the hands, toughness and after-the-catch skills to thrive in that West Coast offense. And Driver is getting long in the tooth. Jones, therefore, makes sense with a later-round pick in a dynasty format.
ROOKIE SECOND YEAR
Rec Yds TD Rec Yds TD
55 791 1 90 1423 13 Sterling Sharpe
12 126 1 20 180 1 Robert Brooks (102 rec, 13 TD in 4th year)
8 106 1 56 933 9 Antonio Freeman
3 31 1 21 321 1 Donald Driver (70 rec, 9 TD in 4th year)
23 319 1 41 716 9 Javon Walker
2 15 1 31 452 1 Bill Schroeder (74 rec, 5 TD in 3rd year)
45 632 3 53 920 12 Greg Jennings
47 676 2 ?? ??? ?? James Jones
Posted by L DALE GANDER | Jun. 23 at 01:28 AM
I like this analysis. Word around Green Bay is that Favre was one of the leaders in the short passing game, and last in the league in deep pass attempts (although tops in the league in efficienctly utilizing the deep ball). If the young QBs can just pick up the bulk of the short passing game, the offense should continue to have success. In my mind, that increases Driver's value and decreases Jennings' value slightly. Jones is a big, muscular possession receiver who could excel in the 'dink and dunk'.
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