Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) after catching a pass during the second quarter of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders sign James Jones, seriously improve receiving corps

The 2013 Oakland Raiders receivers were hit and miss as the passing game went through three different quarterbacks with various degrees of success as a group of underrated pass catches in Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and Andre Holmes along with tight end Mychal Rivera all had breakout games but failed to find the consistency as expected with a carousel of quarterback partners.

Still the group of Raiders wideouts showed just enough promise in 2013 that it appeared that the Raiders would be out of the WR market during free agency, but Reggie McKenzie made a strong surprise pickup on Monday afternoon bringing in veteran Green Bay Packers playmaker James Jones on a three year deal.

Jones also had interest from the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers, but playing his college ball in California Jones ended up coming back home to play for the Raiders over two teams that may have presented better chances at winning. Entering his thirties Jones has a reputation for being a consistent performer and has never had under 12 yards per catch in his career, a consistent veteran with experience that the Raiders young and raw talents could definitely learn from.

The add on of Jones is another in a string of impressive veteran pick ups from McKenzie that have been easily dismissed by “Raider Haters” as risky moves, but based on the pricetags of high level free agents appear to be very shrewd. Jones has been apart of one of the stronger franchises in the league for years that along with defensive signings Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley continue the recent trend of veteran leaders being brought into the fold.

With productive veterans in place for young prospects and incoming draft picks to learn from it appears that a more clear plan is developing out of the Raiders front office, something that will surely ease the minds of Raider fans as they celebrate the Monday signing of Jones after a quieter weekend than expected.

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  • Bobby

    Finally a legit #1 receiver on the roster now we just need a QB to get the ball to all the talent we have running routes

  • KloverJane

    What a great free agency grab. This guy can be a game changer. Has fantasy potential, which means more yards and touchdowns. Good job Reggie!

  • 757Raiderfan

    Love this signing as well. But as stated in the article can’t wait for all the articles of he’s old in the decline blah blah blah

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  • Lethaniel Davenport

    love it love it love it just win baby!!!

  • Seattle Raider

    Michael Bush anyone?

  • PK

    Can’t complain about this signing Tim brown style receiver, fearless going over the middle good pick up

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  • Mark Shafer

    I seen your comment under a nfl spin zone article by Ernie Padoan. I think you should know he is a writer from the bolt beat and spends much of his time bashing the Raiders and the Nation. He loves to hate on us so for myself I don’t comment on his trash unless it to tell him Raider Nation doesn’t need any Chocker advice.

  • KloverJane

    Lol. So noted. Thanks for the heads up friend. I wonder what I wrote there.

  • Jaime Olguin

    Quieter weekend not for me I see what Reggie and his staff are trying to accomplish, with a strong veteran
    Presence our young players on the roster and up and coming drafties, they will have the opportunitys to learn
    the rops in this fast pace league, and I just want to say that Tuck &Woodley are not that old at all it’s the biased
    Members of the media that put it in the mines of the readers, so we lost Houston he was an undersize DE but
    how many sacks did he have in the last 9weeks of the season, 2 fricken sacks, while tuck had 9 in the last part
    of the season, well any ways it dosent matter what any one writes, I’m happy of the direction the Raiders are heading.
    Win lose or tie a Raider till I die…GO RAIDERS!!!!!

  • Mark Shafer

    You didn’t write much. He is one of those writers who thinks stirring the pot between rival fans makes him good. I only think he shouldn’t write about a team he hates so much.

  • KloverJane

    Ya I went back and looked. I would have never guessed that, from that report. I usually catch little innuendos by biased media and second rate journalistic Raider haters. I digress. I’m watching… ;-O

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  • George Castorena

    Yes now go get Schaub and BIG MACK

  • George Castorena

    I’m very impressed by da hard work the RAIDER staff is doing its been awhile since we have been this aggressive n da off season u know a 500 season will make our year with a promiseing future ahead 2 look ahead 2 f##k’ yes I’ll taked go mutha F’n RAIDERS baby