Raiders get former Packers wide receiver James Jones
By Jerry McDonald
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Raiders added a productive veteran to their wide receiving corps Monday with the addition of James Jones, who caught 59 passes for 817 yards last season for the Green Bay Packers.
Jones, 29, played seven seasons for Green Bay, catching 310 passes for 4,305 yards and and 37 touchdowns as a target for both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
A third-round draft pick out of San Jose State in 2007, Jones was selected by the Packers when general manager Reggie McKenzie worked in the personnel department.
Two seasons ago, James had a career-best 14 touchdown receptions. Twenty-nine of Jones’ 46 career starts have come in the last two seasons.
The product of San Jose’s Gunderson High joins a group of wide receivers with precious little experience, as second-year player Rod Streater led the Raiders in receptions (60) and yards receiving (888), with undrafted free agent Andre Holmes ending the season as the second starter.
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