The Oakland Raiders roster cut is the New York Giants treasure. The Giants have closed on a deal with veteran receiver, James Jones according to multiple reports. The Giants get an insurance policy to Victor Cruz with this signing and Jones gets an opportunity to show the league he isn’t done.
James Jones is a 31 year old receiver who reached the height of his career as a member of the Green Bay Packers. The best year of Jones’s career was in 2012 when he caught 64 receptions and scored 14 touchdowns. Last season with the Raiders, Jones had 73 receptions last season for 666 yards and 6 touchdown passes.
Jones got cut one year after signing a pretty substantial three year deal with the Raiders, and it is a little bit of a head scratcher. While Jones disappointed based on expectations, he also doesn’t have Aaron Rodgers throwing him the football anymore. The point is that Jones can still produce and that Oakland had unrealistic expectations.
The Giants signed a one year contract with Jones so there is essentially no risk whatsoever. The Giants signed a veteran receiver that will be asked to step in and make plays. If he doesn’t look like he has good football left in the tank he won’t make the team and the Giants don’t really lose much for their investment.
I would have medium expectations for Jones in a Big Blue uniform. He isn’t a superstar but all signs point to him being a reliable target in the passing game. In the NFL you can never have enough of those, especially with the uncertainty around Cruz’s ability.