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Instant Analysis: James Jones agrees with Packers

James Jones has decided to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers and turn down numerous opportunities for a starting role elsewhere. His decision has sent shock waves throughout the league and in dynasty circles. We analyze the impact this has not only on Jones, but on other players as well in the latest edition of “Instant Analysis.”

James Jones, WR GB
Jones owners can’t be thrilled with his decision. He had a chance to sign on with the New York Jets, the Minnesota Vikings or a few other teams as a starter, but wanted to stay in Green Bay for a chance to help the Packers defend their title. While his decision is admirable from a humanistic standpoint, the dynasty ramifications for him are severe.

In Green Bay, Jones will be no better than third option behind Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley. Even that is no guarantee as Jordy Nelson began rotating in more and more last season, thus taking away Jones’ chances to make plays on the field. He’ll be a situational player with a lot of untapped potential.

Jones should be on a dynasty league roster as a player with upside in an explosive offense.  However, looking for anything more from him than flex consideration is going to be a stretch.

Donald Driver, WR GB
Aaron Rodgers and Driver were said to be the players pushing for Jones to re-sign. Ironically, having Jones back in the fold does nothing but hurt Driver’s value. As an aging player with injury risk, it’s hard to imagine him having a ton of dynasty value again, even in the Packers offense. He may put up one more good season, but that’s about it.

Jordy Nelson, WR GB
Nelson is likely the biggest loser outside of Jones in the wake of this development. He’ll continue to rotate through the offensive sets with Jones and he could push Driver for the second receiver job.  However, having Jones in the mix just ensures the Packers won’t really have a secondary wide receiver option on any type of consistent basis. He can be rostered along with Jones as a player with upside, worthy of flex consideration.

Randall Cobb, WR GB
Cobb was supposed to take the spot vacated by Jones and take this year to develop. With Jones back in the mix, it’s hard to see how he can see the field any time soon. He still needs to be on a roster as a developmental stash, but this is a tough day to be a Cobb owner.

Aaron Rodgers, QB GB
Why don’t they just sign Randy Moss, too?  Seriously, how many weapons does one guy need?

Greg Jennings, WR GB
Jennings shouldn’t be affected much by Jones coming back – he’s a primary option in the Packers offense and can be rostered safely as a borderline WR1.

Jermichael Finley, TE GB
Much like Jennings, Finley is going to get his no matter what. He remains in the mix to be dynasty’s top tight end.

Michael Jenkins, WR MIN
You may be asking why Jenkins is on this list. Well, it most certainly looks like the Vikings are content with having the newly signed Jenkins be their second receiver after letting Jones get away. He’s a great blocker, but they aimed low. Let someone else have him on their roster.

 

Ken Kelly
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