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Jones Signed 07/26/07

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Pack93z, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    One more to go... :beersign:

    Adam Caplan, reporting for Scout.com, reports the Green Bay Packers have signed third-round draft choice WR James Jones to a four-year deal. Jones will receive base salaries of $285,000 in 2007, $370,000 in 2008, $460,000 in 2009 and $550,000 in 2010. He will also receive a signing bonus of around $742,000.
     
  2. tromadz

    tromadz Cheesehead

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    gettin it done.

    good news.
     
  3. pack_in_black

    pack_in_black Cheesehead

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    Sah-weeet. Love this guy, but I'm thinkin he'll be a couple years in the development stage. JMO. Sounds like a pretty fair cantract for a 3rd rounder, and I like the four-year. Lock it up. *Championship!*
     
  4. all about da packers

    all about da packers Cheesehead

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    Good to hear!

    This way, we'll be able to know right away of how Jones plays with the pads on, at the NFL level.

    Yay.
     
  5. Zero2Cool

    Zero2Cool I own a website

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    So, we're down to one right? That's cool.
     
  6. Tiger

    Tiger Cheesehead

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    I wouldnt begrudge the guy a single penny of that money, he's had a really tough life but hopefully now he can have a great career as a Packer, look after his family and be happy to be in Green Bay. Go Jimbo!
     
  7. wpr

    wpr Cheesehead

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    The numbers look reasonable and if Driver is hurt they will need Jones to step it up much sooner.
     
  8. bozz_2006

    bozz_2006 Cheesehead

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    don't even THINK about that wpr! hahaha
     
  9. wpr

    wpr Cheesehead

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    I am sorry. I will go stand in the corner now. :kickcan:
     
  10. DoddPower

    DoddPower Nick Perry is watching you, NFL QB's!

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    I'm really excited about this guy. It seems as if every report I read from OTA's and now training camp is mentioning him doing a good job. It seems as I've been hearing his name as much or more then anyone . .
     
  11. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    I think before we get way ahead of ourselves on this kid, I think the two guys below nailed it... prove it in a game... then we shall completely believe in you.



    Packers: Jones makes a big-time impression
    By JASON WILDE
    jwilde@madison.com
    GREEN BAY — Just as it can be dangerous to put too much stock into a player's performance in the first few days of training camp, there are, on rare occasions, players who make such a strong first impression it's next to impossible for folks not to get excited about them.
    In the past decade, you could argue it's only happened twice to the Green Bay Packers at the wide receiver position, despite the club drafting 15 wideouts and signing two dozen more as free agents.

    In 1999, a wiry, little-known seventh-round pick from Alcorn State came into camp and made himself impossible to cut. His name? Donald Driver.


    Then last year, a second-round pick who lacked big-time name recognition coming from Western Michigan, justified his selection from the very first practice and, had he not suffered a midseason ankle injury, might've put up a 1,000-yard season as a rookie. His name? Greg Jennings.

    Don't look now, but it appears to be happening again, this time with third-round pick James Jones.

    "It's crazy, I'm only in my second year, and he kind of reminds me of myself," Jennings said Tuesday. "He's doing everything that people don't expect a rookie to do."

    Added Driver, who watched Jones from the sideline during the first three days of practice: "I think he has what the coaches look for — confidence and comfort in the offense. When I came in in 1999, that's what I wanted to do right off the bat, come in and prove that I could play with anybody, regardless of who they were."

    A reach?

    Jones has caught virtually every ball thrown his direction, including two beauties on Tuesday morning, when he skied over No. 3 cornerback Patrick Dendy to reel in a touchdown from Aaron Rodgers, then went up and got a high Paul Thompson pass for another TD in the back of the end zone.

    "That's why we drafted him," wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said matter-of-factly. "We knew he could do that."

    Perhaps, but when the Packers took Jones with the 78th overall pick in April, the selection caused some head-scratching. Most of the pre-draft know-it-alls had Jones pegged as a second-day pick, as low as the sixth or seventh round, so he was considered a reach by many.

    Plus, in some ways, the Packers opted for Jones' long-term potential over the short-term help a trade for Randy Moss could have provided. Moss went from Oakland to New England for a fourth-round pick (No. 110 overall), and general manager Ted Thompson could have dealt the pick for Moss had he wanted to.

    Instead, Thompson opted for a guy who caught 70 passes for 893 yards and 10 TDs in 13 games as a senior at San Jose State last year after catching just 56 balls his first three college seasons combined.

    "You definitely want to make a real good first impression. You want to open some eyes as fast as you can so the coaches start looking at you," Jones said. "I just go out there and make the most of my chances."

    Learning curve

    While Jones' ability to pluck the ball out of midair has gotten everyone's attention, coach Mike McCarthy cautioned that, unlike Jennings, who picked up the offense almost instantly, Jones "is thinking (a lot) right now. You can see when he breaks the huddle, he's thinking about the formation, he's thinking about the play."

    Or, as Robinson put it, "Things came easy to Greg. I don't think they necessarily come as easy to James, in terms of the scheme. But he's handling it pretty well to this point.''

    Indeed, while veteran cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson have been supportive of the rookie, they're also holding him to a higher standard after seeing what Jennings did last year in camp.

    "From what I've seen, he's got real good hands. But this is camp," Woodson said. "It was kind of different with Jennings last year, there was just something with him that everybody could just kind of see. Jones, he catches some good balls, but I've got to see him in the game."

    Added Harris: "I wouldn't quite say he's like Jennings was, because Jennings, he really caught on really fast. He was real smooth in his routes. James works hard, and he's got very strong hands. He caught a slant on me the other day where he ran a good route. He just needs to do that more often — sell his routes better, be crisper. But he catches the ball very, very well. I haven't seen him drop a pass."

    And that might be the best part of Jones' strong first impression: He isn't getting swept up in his early successes. While his highlight-reel catches have been a staple of the local news stations' 10 p.m. sportscasts, he's acutely aware of how far he has to go. Told of Woodson and Harris' comments, he simply nodded in agreement.

    "Definitely. I need to improve on a lot of parts of my game," he said. "I can run routes better, I can read coverages better, I can understand the game a lot better — I can do a lot of things better to elevate my game. That's why we're practicing, and that's what we're here for, to practice the things we need to get better on.''
     
  12. wpr

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    While it is true that the player who makes the leaping catches is exciting to watch, it is also a source of concern.
    Receivers who frequently leave their feet and make those circus catches are more prone to injury especially when they do that over the middle of the field.
    Leaping catches in the end zone are not as much of a problem as the defenders don't have the room to get up to full speed like they do when the catch is made out at the 30 or 40 yard line.
    I know Brett is a veteran player who knows how to protect his receivers but wasn't one of Ferguson's serious injuries when he left his feet to try and make a catch near the sidelines?
    Here's to hoping that all of Jone's leaps are for TDs. Followed by a quick visit to the fans in the stands.
     
  13. Packnic

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    I too am excited about jones, but echo what alharris and c-wood said... lets see him in a game first.


    However, i do like the fact that the kid can go up and get the pass. Think about it. the last couple of years we have struggled horribly in the red zone. No TE threat and no slot threat. Now we are lining up with Driver on one side and Jennings on the other. Franks stepping it up this preseason so far... and the addition of Hands McGee, maybe we can get a little relief come red zone time.

    with these 4... Driver, Franks, Jennings and Jones... the least reliable set of hands out there is Jennings probally... and if thats the case, im a happy camper.
     
  14. digsthepack

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    Ummm....jump balls typically require the receiver to get his feet off the ground. It is kind of by design.

    I said it early, and I will say it now.....we have receivers and growing depth. This kid has all the tools, and more importantly, the attitude and work ethic to be very good.....very, very good.

    Brett is smiling hearing this!
     
  15. wpr

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    No kidding. My point was that while a guy is put in the air he can take a hit that causes him to land awkwardly and is more prone to an injury.

    And it is not the little jumps where a player gets a 6 inches or so off the ground that are the problem. It is the spectacular catches where he is a couple of feet off the ground and his body all stretched out and off balance.
     

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