With all the talk about a potential trade for James Jones, I decided to post on our sister SBNation site AcmePackingCompany.com, a Packers fansite. I explained our WR situation to them in my own words and asked them what they thought about James Jones and what they thought would be a fair trade. The responses I received were highly informative. Of course, we may not actually trade for the man, and I know that many people aren't sold on him. Indeed, Packers fans are split on his value as well Nevertheless, I thought it an interesting question.
The responses I have received so far are varied and thought provoking. Allow me to highlight a few different common themes. Firstly, some Packers fans would be happy about the trade for James Jones’s sake. They believe he is buried behind too many good players to be given the opportunity to shine and would like to see him given that chance. On the other hand, there was some caution about him for the exact same reason. His successes might be attributable to being covered by marginal DBs as opposed to starters (not to mention Aaron Rogers throwing to him). He is known for big plays, ypc, solid route running, but also annoying drops. Still, for the right price, he sounds interesting.
The trade prices suggested ranged from 2nd to 4th round picks. Some thought players such as a S or C would be a good trade instead..
Here are some excerpts
…In our minds, Jones is a very good #2 WR. He’ll probably never be that #1 Go to Guy WR, but he would be one of the better #2 WR’s in the league. What you get from Jones is big plays, but inconsistency. In 2010, he had a year of big plays (a lot of yards in some games) and key drops. He just seems to drop the ball at the most inconvenient time. That’s the flaw with Jones and ultimately why he will probably never be a #1 WR. The big positives with him are his big plays and route running. Jones does a nice job running routes, he finds the holes in zone coverage and exploits it, and he can get past the CB’s on Go-Routes. This has ultimately made him one of the better WR’s for us in terms of Yards after the Catch. Therefore, the positives heavily outweigh the negatives…
...You have to consider tho, that Jones has benefitted from lining up against the #3 and in some cases #4 CB on the opponent. He gets single coverage against the CB that in some cases don’t belong on an NFL roster. We have Jennings, Finley, Nelson well ahead of Jones. The question becomes how would he do against another teams #2 CB? I don’t see him being able to get open consistently against #1 or #2 CB....
Finally, as to whether I think the trade is a good idea, I cannot venture to give an opinion until I watch him more. That being said, I am taking a "Matt Flynn" approach here. If Philbin thinks Jones is really worth pursuing heavily, I will trust him as he knows him as a player very well.