Wide receiver James Jones has signed for his former team, the Green Bay Packers, after being released by the New York Giants this past weekend.
Jones was one of the casualties at the Giants as NFL teams chopped down the size of their squads to the required 53-man roster. The third round pick of the 2007 draft played for the Oakland Raiders during the 2014 season, but prior to that, he had been at the Packers since being drafted.
The NFL receiving touchdowns leader of 2012 signed and re-joined his old team yesterday according to Ian Rapoport.
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Jones is brought back to the Packers to help the NFC North side cope with the absence of Jordy Nelson, who is out of the season with a ACL injury.
The wide receiver said to the Green Bay Press-Gazette: “To be honest with you, I didn’t even think about [the injury opening the door for a return] man. Me and Jordy are so close. The only thing I thought about was my man missing a whole season. I know how hard that dude works. I didn’t even think about it. I just called him.
“At first I texted him said, ‘Please tell me it’s not true.’ I texted him right when I heard and after he told me it was true. No, man. I was trying to make that team. I really didn’t think about coming back. I was just praying for that guy.”
Randall Cobb and Davante Adams have solidified themselves as the number one and two wide receivers at the Packers, so Jones will be competing against Jeff Janis, Ty Montgomery, and Myles White for the third wide receiver spot because he is so familiar with how the team plays already.