The New York Giants boast one of the most dynamic receiving corps in the NFL. Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz are in the star discussion, Rueben Randle recorded 938 receiving yards in 2014 and Larry Donnell recently broke out at tight end.
In 2015, a new element will be added to the mix: trustworthiness.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, a deep crop of receivers just got deeper:
This is going to be a very interesting season for Eli Manning and the Giants.
James Jones, 31, has spent eight strong seasons in the NFL. He played the first seven with the Green Bay Packers before recording a career-best 73 receptions for 666 yards and six touchdowns in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders.
He won’t blow teams away athletically, but Jones is the type of player Manning needs when a play breaks down.
Beckham Jr. is explosive, Cruz is a big play waiting to happen and Randle can torment secondaries, but all three have their issues. Drops aren’t as big of a problem as they seem, but adding a sure-handed veteran to the mix is always a good idea.
According to ProFootballFocus.com, Jones had the 12th-best drop rate in the NFL in 2014.
The fact that the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks all had interest in Jones is telling. All four teams had a need at wide receiver, with some being more set than others.
The desire behind bringing Jones in is clear: he’s solid, reliable and nothing but a smart addition to a receiving corps.
According to ProFootballFocus.com, Jones was No. 30 in the NFL in percentage of passes caught. That’s measured by determining how many times a catchable pass was turned into a reception.
Jones also spent seven coinciding seasons in Green Bay with current Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
For a late July pickup, it doesn’t get much better than that.
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