There was some big news that came out of the first day of training camp for the New York Giants on Friday afternoon as they announced the signing of veteran wide receiver James Jones. The eighth-year pro out of San Jose State brings the Giants a lot of experience to their already talented wide receiver corp.
Most know Jones, from his days playing with the Green Bay Packers, where he was great weapon for the Packers traffic passing attack.
In his career overall, Jones has 383 receptions for 4,971 yards and 43 touchdowns. Those stats are more than of any wide receiver that the Giants have on their roster.
That being said, Jones gives the Giants another weapon for quarterback Eli Manning to throw to, and makes the Giants passing attack even more dangerous than it already was. "Just meeting with Eli, he seemed real passionate about the game— he wants everything to be perfect," admitted Jones. "He’s already going through plays and stuff with me because he wants everything to be perfect, so I’m excited to get to work and see what type of quarterback he is. I’m sure he’s one of those top-notch guys."
Also from his time playing with with the Packers, Jones was coached by Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. During that time, Jones became a favorite of McAdoo, and will have a good grasp of the Giants’ offensive system coming in. "For me, it’s a real comfortable offense for receivers," noted Jones. "There really isn’t a lot of thinking— it’s just going out there and playing. They put a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks, as they should, because they’re making the big bucks— but it [Coach McAdoo’s offense] just allows you to go out there and play and not really have to think too much."
With the signing of Jones, the Giants can now also move one of their talented wide receivers for a defensive player.
Corey Washington is a player that most feel can be a solid NFL wide receiver, and the Giants can use him in a trade to get a good defensive lineman espcially with the status of Jason Pierre-Paul still unknown for this season.
All in all, Jones is a good signing for the Giants, and makes their passing attack even more difficult for opposing defenses to defend. With the potential now to be one of the best offenses in the NFL, the Giants have a good chance to return to playoff contention.