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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 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

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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

Sources tell the New York Daily News that the Jets have "real interest" in free agent WR James Jones.

No visit has been scheduled yet as the Jets are hosting Eric Decker Wednesday. If Decker proves too expensive, GM John Idzik could very well turn his attention to Jones. The ex-Packer will turn 30 later this month, and was saddled with a drop-prone label early in his career, but would be a nice complement to one of the stud wideouts the Jets are sure to look at early in May's draft. He's certainly an upgrade on Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Stephen Hill.
Mar 12 - 2:21 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports the Lions have fallen out of the running for free agent WR James Jones.

It's possible they've decided to commit more money elsewhere, perhaps to SS T.J. Ward. Pauline reports the Jets, Giants, Dolphins, "and a fourth (undisclosed) team" are in the hunt for Jones. Jones is a quality No. 2 NFL receiver.
Mar 11 - 2:58 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports free agent James Jones is drawing "heavy interest" from the Lions and Jets.

Pauline adds that the Packers "may still be in the mix" for Jones, though it seems like a longshot. Jones recently mentioned the Colts and Chargers as teams that interest him. Playing alongside Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford wouldn't be a bad gig. Due to an abominable quarterback situation, the Jets would likely have to blow Jones away financially to land him.
Mar 10 - 10:16 PM

Free agent James Jones suggested the Colts and Chargers as possible landing spots.

The Packers have made it clear that they're going to move forward with Jarrett Boykin as their No. 3 wideout, allowing Jones to walk. The Colts certainly have a need with 35-year-old Reggie Wayne coming off a torn ACL and only unproven LaVon Brazill/Da'Rick Rogers behind T.Y. Hilton. The Chargers are equally thin behind Keenan Allen. Jones would have a chance to step in as the No. 2 wideout in plus passing schemes in both locales.
Mar 5 - 10:15 AM

Free agent James Jones said, "In a perfect world I would love to go back (to Green Bay)," but admits there is a chance he will not get that opportunity.

It is more than a chance. The Packers have shown no desire to re-sign Jones, and he is very likely to hit the free agent market. Unfortunately for Jones, that market is likely to be fairly cold due to his age -- 30 this month -- and a loaded draft and free-agent pool. Jones is our No. 7 free agent wide receiver.
Mar 4 - 7:59 PM

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