Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is known for spreading the wealth, but also taking what’s given to him. He’s not a guy that tends to force things and when wide receiver James Jones isn’t open or better opportunities present themselves, that’s what he takes.
That lead to Jones being all but invisible during the Packers’ Week One loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but both Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy say they want to get Jones more involved in the passing game from now on.
Per Fox Sports Wisconsin:
There was no doubt in the mind of Packers coach Mike McCarthy that Jones would take the no-catch day in stride.
“James Jones, I look at James as one of our emerging leaders on our football team,” McCarthy said. “James is extremely professional, does a lot of the little things that I don’t think the average person realizes. He puts in a lot of extra time.
“He’s a class act. I’m not concerned about that.”
McCarthy later added that “we need to get James Jones some more opportunities,” which Rodgers agreed with.
“James didn’t get targeted as many times as we would have liked,” Rodgers said. “Obviously you’ve got to try and give him the ball. But the way they were playing us, the ball was going to Jermichael and Randall a lot, and Jordy had a few more opportunities.”
Jones, who has had a history of stone hands, seemed to squash most of their fears with his fantastic 2012 season so hopefully for Packer fans, 2013 will be much of the same.