Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (left) makes a catch against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver (29) during the first quarter of the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Bringing San Jose native James Jones back to the Bay Area from the Green Bay Packers was a good move by McKenzie. But I became concerned once I saw all these mock depth charts with him as the Raiders’ No. 1 receiver. Jones just needs to do what he did in Green Bay in the slot on 3rd-and-4 to keep the offense on the field.
He can fool you every once in a while and get deep on a slot corner but doesn’t have the speed to be an outside receiver. I’m not trying to say that speed is everything but there’s no need to try to change a tiger’s stripes when he comes to your team. Quarterback Matt Flynn does certain things well for the Packers but when the Seattle Seahawks and the Raiders tried to have him just play, it didn’t work.
With the speed the Raiders have at tight end as well as receiver Jones will have all the room in the world to operate underneath. Lining Jones up on a No. 1 or No. 2 corner could cause him to not produce the way did in Green Bay. If used as he was then, he will be valuable to the Raiders and complete their receiving corps.