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James Jones | Wide Receiver

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
College: San Jose State
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James Jones caught three passes for 43 yards against the Patriots.
Jones led Oakland in receiving, but saw fewer targets than Andre Holmes and Marcel Reece. As the only every-down receiver in the Raiders' offense, he'll continue to have WR3 value. Jones has 189 yards and a touchdown through three weeks. Sep 21 - 5:14 PM

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James Jones converted 9-of-14 targets into 112 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' Week 2 loss to the Texans.

The rest of Oakland's receivers are either not good (Denarius Moore) or low-ceiling possession types (Rod Streater, Mychal Rivera), so Jones appears to have a stranglehold on targets as long as he's getting every-down work. He did not in Week 1, but still delivered a 3-34-1 stat line. Jones was an every-down receiver in Week 2, and paid dividends. He faces the Patriots next and will be a high-risk, arguably high-upside WR3 option against Darrelle Revis & Co.
Sep 14 - 8:08 PM

James Jones came off the bench as the Raiders' No. 3 receiver in the Week 1 loss to the Jets.

Denarius Moore (50 snaps) and Rod Streater (54) were the starters, and combined to see 15 targets with Moore leading the way with eight. Jones played just 31 snaps as the third wideout, but secured all three of his targets for 34 yards and one score. Prior to a late-fourth-quarter 30-yard touchdown, Jones was a non-factor. Concerns were raised last week that the Raiders believed Jones "might have too much wear" to be a No. 1 receiver. Oakland's Week 1 usage of its receiving corps did nothing to dispel those concerns.
Sep 8 - 12:36 PM

James Jones caught all three of his targets for 34 yards and one touchdown in the Raiders' Week 1 loss to the Jets.

Jones tied for fourth on the team with his three targets. Derek Carr didn't take many shots downfield, but when he did late in the fourth quarter he hooked up with Jones for a 30-yard score in Darrin Walls' coverage. Rod Streater looks to be the No. 1 option in the passing game, while Denarius Moore is the favorite deep threat. Jones gets whatever is left. Jones is more of a WR4/5.
Sep 7 - 5:46 PM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders coaches think James Jones "might have too much wear to be suited for the No. 1 role."

It's a bit of a confusing notion, as Jones is just 30 years old and was never targeted more than 98 times in any of his seven seasons with the Packers. Perhaps the Raiders coaches simply don't think Jones is good enough to be a No. 1 wideout. That would make a lot more sense, as he's always had JAG kind of ability. Jones gets a boost with Derek Carr taking over for Matt Schaub, but he's still a WR4/5 as he shares targets with Denarius Moore and Rod Streater.
Sep 3 - 4:54 PM

James Jones had four catches for 36 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.

Jones started for the second straight game and piled up a team-high 10 targets while playing into the third quarter. He nearly came down with a goal-line fade against the Packers' second-string defense, but replays showed the ball was moving as he went down the ground. Through three preseason games, Jones has six catches for 65 yards. He's going to be the No. 1 target here, but noodle-armed Matt Schaub is his quarterback. That leaves Jones as a WR4/5 type.
Aug 22 - 11:39 PM

James Jones started the Raiders' second preseason game.

Jones was listed as a second-string receiver on the Raiders' initial depth chart, and played behind Andre Holmes in the preseason opener. Coach Dennis Allen was likely just sending a message to the veteran. Jones should begin the season as the No. 1 receiver in Oakland, and is a WR4/5 in fantasy leagues.
Aug 16 - 11:25 AM

James Jones would bristle at anything other than No. 1 duties in Oakland.

"I wouldn't like that at all," Jones said. Jones was listed with the second team on the Raiders' initial depth chart, behind Rod Streater and Andre Holmes. It's likely just a message from coach Dennis Allen, but an interesting one. Jones wants to be Matt Schaub's go-to receiver. "That's definitely a goal of mine," Jones said. "I definitely want to prove a lot of people wrong and let them know that I can be that guy." Jones is a fantasy WR4/5, albeit with WR3 upside.
Aug 7 - 6:41 PM

The Raiders are mixing and matching James Jones and Rod Streater at slot receiver in sub-packages.

It's notable because slot receivers run higher-percentage routes, and Raiders QB Matt Schaub struggles to drive the ball outside the numbers consistently. "We’re playing Rod in the slot right now and we just moved James Jones to the slot about four practices ago, put him the slot," said OC Greg Olson. "We like some of the things he does. Rod and James are kind of handling it inside."
Aug 4 - 11:05 AM

James Jones will be sidelined until training camp with a sprained shoulder.

He'd missed previous practice time with a hamstring strain. Jones is a 31-year-old veteran, but he could've used the reps with new QB Matt Schaub. Jones does offer some potential to flirt with WR3 value as Oakland's top pass catcher.
Jun 19 - 7:37 PM

The Raiders are only likely to keep five wide receivers on their 53-man roster.

The Raiders may not have a true No. 1 receiver, but they have a ton of talent in the wide receiver corps. If they are only to keep five, they will have to cut two of Andre Holmes, Greg Little, Brice Butler, or Juron Criner. While nobody on that list is an established contributor, all have high ceilings. Oakland could also choose to move inconsistent playmaker Denarius Moore to free up a spot for some of their young talent. Wideout is one of the few positions in which the Raiders are solid.
May 24 - 10:40 AM

Raiders signed WR James Jones, formerly of the Packers, to a three-year, $11.3 million contract.

Jones, 30, set a career high in yards (817) last season with Green Bay, scoring three touchdowns after leading the NFL in touchdown catches (14) the previous year. He gives the Raiders a physical presence with an ability to win contested catches and stretch the field. Unfortunately, Jones going to quarterback-less Oakland could be a death knell for his fantasy outlook. We fully expect Jones to start, but the rest of the Raiders' receiver pecking order is to-be-determined between Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, and Andre Holmes.
Mar 17 - 5:45 PM

Free agent James Jones told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he wants to play for the Panthers.

"I would love the opportunity to play for the Carolina Panthers," said Jones, 30. "I would love to play with Cam (Newton)." A Charlotte Observer report from last Thursday stated the Panthers are "keeping tabs" on Jones, but his market has lacked buzz since. Carolina has serious salary cap restraints as long as Greg Hardy's cap number is sitting at above $13 million. The Panthers may simply not be able to afford Jones at this point in time.
Mar 16 - 2:29 PM

The Panthers are "keeping tabs" on free agent James Jones.

They're also "slow-playing" Hakeem Nicks' market. GM Dave Gettleman took a similar philosophy into 2013 free agency and emerged with several big-time contributors, including Mike Mitchell, Ted Ginn, Drayton Florence, and Travelle Wharton. After releasing Steve Smith, Carolina needs two starting receivers.
Mar 13 - 7:23 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports the Jets will continue to pursue free agent James Jones even if they land Eric Decker.

The Jets are putting the full-court press on Decker as we speak. So at least they are aware they need two new starting wideouts, and plan to do something about it. Jones and Decker have both been touchdown-scoring receivers throughout their careers, though they've been playing with Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning, respectively. Their fantasy values would suffer in New York.
Mar 12 - 10:33 PM

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Skill Players
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt Schaub
3Matt McGloin
RB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
3Latavius Murray
GLB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Maurice Jones-Drew
2Darren McFadden
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11James Jones
2Andre Holmes
3Brice Butler
WR21Rod Streater
2Denarius Moore
3Vincent Brown
WR31Denarius Moore
TE1Mychal Rivera
2David Ausberry
3Brian Leonhardt
K1Sebastian Janikowski