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James Jones | Wide Receiver

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
College: San Jose State
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Giants signed WR James Jones, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.
With Rueben Randle ineffective and Victor Cruz rehabbing, the G-Men are giving themselves veteran insurance behind superstar Odell Beckham. Jones is reuniting with OC Ben McAdoo, whom he played for in Green Bay from 2007-13. Jones appeared withered during his lone year in Oakland last season, but offers a red-zone threat from the slot. Jones averaged a pathetic 9.1 yards per catch last year, but it was partly a function of Oakland's pop-gun offense. Jones boasted a 13.9 mark before 2014. Realistically, he's competing for No. 4 or 5 duties. Jul 30 - 6:16 PM

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Free agent James Jones is visiting the Giants.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the "hope for both sides" is a deal. A veteran of OC Ben McAdoo's system from their time together in Green Bay, Jones would provide insurance on an ineffective Rueben Randle and rehabbing Victor Cruz behind superstar Odell Beckham. Jones hadn't made any previously-known visits since getting released by the Raiders in May.
Jul 30 - 5:32 PM

Free agent WR James Jones mentioned the Chiefs, Giants, Jaguars, and Seahawks as teams that "fit me."

The Chiefs, Giants, and Seahawks had already been linked to Jones. The Jags would be an interesting fit, as they've seemingly been interested in adding a veteran receiver all offseason, first targeting Randall Cobb before making a run at Greg Jennings. Jones played for new Jaguars OC Greg Olson last year.
Jun 12 - 12:13 PM

The player rep for free agent WR James Jones said the Chiefs, Giants and Seahawks made preliminary inquiries in May.

We haven't heard about any formal visits for Jones since he was released immediately following the draft. He's still just 31 years old, but was never able to cleanly separate and only became a "thing" because of Aaron Rodgers. We're still not certain Jones will even get a shot to prove himself at a training camp, but he wants one. "I'm not retiring. I still want to play. If you need a receiver, come get me," he said.
Jun 9 - 12:30 PM

Raiders released WR James Jones.

Jones became redundant when the Raiders signed Michael Crabtree, a younger player with similar skills. Jones became expendable when the Raiders drafted Amari Cooper. 31 years old, Jones led Oakland in receptions (73) last season, but averaged a pathetic 9.12 yards per catch. He was a sub-pedestrian slot receiver and has never been an efficient separator on the perimeter. We wouldn't be completely shocked if Jones has played his last NFL down.
May 4 - 1:42 AM

James Jones caught two passes for 17 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss at Denver.

Jones followed the money to Oakland, who signed him to a $10M contract to be their No. 1 wideout last offseason. He predictably faltered under the weight of an inept organization, finishing with 73 catches for 666 yards and six touchdowns while playing in all 16 games. Jones will be back for the second year of his three-year deal, but there's little upside in a 31-year-old (in March) wideout playing in this offense.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:44:00 PM

James Jones caught one pass for a three-yard touchdown in the Raiders' Week 16 win over the Bills.

He was targeted five times, but only reeled in the one for the Raiders' first score of the game. Jones was left wide open in the back of the end zone. Jones hasn't eclipsed 57 yards receiving in eight weeks, but has now scored six times. He and Mychal Rivera are favorites of Derek Carr in the red zone. The Raiders travel to Denver to wrap up the season in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 08:22:00 PM

James Jones caught 8-of-11 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown Week 15 against the Chiefs.

The touchdown was the garbagiest of all garbage-time touchdowns, but it counts just the same. Jones struggled with drops in the game and lacks the athletic ability to make the after-the-catch plays the Raiders are asking him to make. He is a low-upside WR4 in an anemic offense.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:47:00 PM

James Jones secured 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Raiders' Week 14 win over the 49ers.

Jones has been a low-upside WR4 in PPR leagues all season, and has no value in non-PPR leagues. He's safe to drop during the fantasy football stretch run.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:05:00 PM

James Jones secured 6-of-8 targets for 33 yards in the Raiders' Week 13 loss to the Rams.

Marcel Reece led Oakland in receiving in this game with six grabs for 48 yards. Jones has the "highest floor" among Raiders wide receivers, but that doesn't necessarily mean he has a high floor. He's a WR4 in PPR leagues.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:20:00 PM

James Jones caught 5-of-6 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's Week 12 win over the Chiefs.

For once, Jones' touchdown didn't come in garbage time. The 30-year-old veteran ran a beautiful route to get open for his nine-yard score with 1:42 remaining. It ended up holding up as the game winner. Jones still has plenty of juice left in his legs, but he's going to keep struggling for consistency in the Raiders' bogged-down passing attack. He's a WR4 who will hurt you when he doesn't find the end zone.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:23:00 AM

James Jones secured 2-of-5 targets for 35 yards in the Raiders' Week 11 loss to San Diego.

Oakland's slot receiver, Jones is a possession target who isn't going to deliver as a fantasy start when he isn't getting heavy volume. Jones didn't get heavy volume against the Chargers, and therefore didn't production. Jones will continue to be a fantasy WR4 when Oakland faces Kansas City in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:31:00 PM

James Jones secured 8-of-12 targets for 20 yards in the Raiders' Week 10 loss to the Broncos.

As noted by Pro Football Focus' Mike Clay, Jones set the NFL wide receiver record for fewest yards on eight receptions in a game. Jones helped PPR owners in this one, but hasn't been more than a WR4 in fantasy leagues all year. He'll remain a WR4 when the Raiders take on the Chargers in Week 11.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:26:00 PM

James Jones caught 3-of-5 targets for 18 yards in the Raiders' Week 9 loss to the Seahawks.

The 30-year-old possession receiver predictably did very little against Seattle's smothering perimeter coverage. Although Jones usually sees more targets than this, he's settled in as a low-ceiling WR4 in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 08:14:00 PM

James Jones secured 6-of-11 targets for 62 yards in the Raiders' Week 8 loss to the Browns.

Matched up often with Browns LCB Joe Haden -- who had his best game of the year -- Jones could get very little going outside the numbers, making most of his catches close to the line of scrimmage. Although Jones has turned in some productive games this season, they're always hard to predict. He's a WR4/5 entering a Week 9 date with the Seahawks.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 07:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Ricky Stanzi
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Andre Williams
4Orleans Darkwa
5Akeem Hunt
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
FB1Henry Hynoski
2Nikita Whitlock
WR11Odell Beckham
2Victor Cruz
3Corey Washington
4Marcus Harris
5Preston Parker
WR21Rueben Randle
2Dwayne Harris
3James Jones
4Geremy Davis
5Juron Criner
WR31Victor Cruz
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
4Jerome Cunningham
5Will Tye
K1Josh Brown
2Chris Boswell