1) Introduction: Coming into the season, James Jones was perhaps the least talked-about wide receiver on the roster. Donald Driver, 37, returned for a 14th season, Randall Cobb was on the verge of becoming one of the team’s top playmakers, Jordy Nelson was coming off the best season of his career, and Greg Jennings was still the clear-cut No. 1 receiver. But injuries caused Jennings, Nelson and Cobb to miss a combined 13 games, leading to Jones having the best season of his six-year career.
James Deandre Jones
- Age: 28
- Born: 03/31/1984, in San Jose, CA
- Height: 6’1″
- Weight: 208
- College: San Jose State
- Rookie Year: 2007
- NFL Experience: 6 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Not much was expected from Jones before the season. He was clearly behind Jennings and Nelson in the pecking order, and Randall Cobb was as impressive as anyone on the roster during training camp. Jones wasn’t expected to be anything more than the team’s No. 3 receiver.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Jones led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions this season, so the 2012 season as a whole was basically a personal highlight reel. In a three-game stretch between Sep. 30 and Oct. 14, Jones had two touchdown catches in each game. His best individual game of the season was probably week 15 in Chicago, in which Jones caught three touchdowns. His worst game of the season was against the New York Giants, when the Packers were blown out, and Jones was held without a catch.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: With so many injuries at the position, the emergence of Jones was vital to the team’s success offensively. In the past, Jones has struggled with dropped passes. Pro Football Focus charged Jones with 10 drops in 2009, eight in 2010, six in 2011, and that total was down to four in 2012.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Against the Vikings in the wild card round, Jones caught all four passes thrown his way for a total of 51 yards. He caught four of his six targets against the 49ers, including a touchdown. The Packers fell short in San Francisco, but Jones certainly pulled his weight with the exception of one dropped pass.
Season Report Card:
(A+) Level of expectations met during the season