The Green Bay Packers signed WR James Jones on September 7, 2015.
Jones (6-foot-1, 208 pounds) is entering his ninth season in the NFL. He was originally selected by the Packers in the third round (78th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft and played his first seven seasons with Green Bay. Jones spent the 2014 season with the Oakland Raiders and the 2015 preseason with the New York Giants. For his career, Jones has registered 383 receptions for 4,971 yards (13.0 avg.) and 43 touchdowns while starting 57 of 120 games played. Last season, he set a career high with 73 receptions. Jones will wear No. 89 for the Packers.
JONES' 2013 PACKERS BIO:
- Led the NFL with 14 TD catches in 2012, the first Packer to lead the league in the category since WR Sterling Sharpe did so with his franchise-record 18 in 1994. The 14 TD grabs were tied for the fourth most in a season in franchise history.
- Recorded career highs in every category last season, hauling in 64 passes for 784 yards (12.3 avg.) and the 14 scores.
- Caught at least two TD passes in three straight games in 2012 (Weeks 4-6), joining WR Don Hutson (1943) as the only players in franchise history to accomplish that feat.
- Has caught at least five TD passes each of the past four seasons (2009-12), the first Packer to do so since WR Antonio Freeman accomplished the feat in six consecutive seasons (1996-2001).
- Has played in all 16 games each of the past four seasons, one of only six NFL wide receivers to do so over that span, and in five of his six seasons as a pro.
- Was the only offensive player on the Packers to play in all 64 regular-season games from 2009-12.
- Is tied for No. 3 in the NFL with 21 TD catches since 2011.
- Has posted at least one 100-yard receiving game in each of his six seasons in the league (2007-12), joining WR Greg Jennings as the only Packers to do so over that span.
- Posted a career-high 16.7-yard receiving average in 2011, catching 38 passes for 635 yards and seven TDs.
- Registered 50 receptions for 679 yards (13.6 avg.) and five TDs in 2010 and tied for the team lead in the ’10 postseason with two TD catches.
- In 2009, bounced back from an injury-plagued ’08 season to catch five touchdown passes, plus another in the playoffs.
- Posted one of the top pass-catching seasons in Green Bay annals for a rookie in 2007, with his 47 catches and 676 yards both ranking fourth in club history. Reception total trailed only Sterling Sharpe (55, 1988), Billy Howton (53, 1952) and RB Gerry Ellis (48, 1980) in the team’s rookie record book, while the yardage total trailed only Howton (1,231), James Lofton (818, 1978) and Sharpe (791).
- For his career, has played in 90 games with 33 starts and has caught 251 passes for 3,488 yards (13.9 avg.) and 34 TDs. Ranks No. 18 in franchise history in receptions, No. 13 in receiving yardage and No. 12 in receiving TDs.
In 44 games at San Jose State, started 21 and caught 126 passes for 1,496 yards (11.2 avg.) and 12 TDs…Also ran the ball 24 times for 126 yards (5.3 avg.) with one score and completed 3 of 7 passes for 58 yards and a TD…On special teams, returned 42 punts for 307 yards (7.3 avg.) and made nine tackles (six solo)…His 126 career catches stood third in school history at the end of his career, while his 1,496 yards receiving ranked 11th…Majored in sociology...Senior season (2006): Named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference and team MVP with a career-high 70 receptions for 893 yards (12.8 avg.) and 10 TDs, including four 100-yard games…Played in 13 games with 12 starts at split end…Reception total ranked 27th in the nation…His 70 catches were the fourth-highest total in school history (now fifth), and his 10 TDs are the third-best mark…Led the team with an average of 83.85 all-purpose yards per game and was involved in seven plays of 40-plus yards…Started season off strong at Washington (Sept. 2), catching nine passes for 130 yards (14.4 avg.) and a school-record-tying three TDs…Caught seven passes for 82 yards (11.7 avg.) vs. Stanford (Sept. 9), and had a 42-yard TD run midway through the third quarter of 35-34 victory that was ESPN’s “Play of the Day”…Had eight receptions for a career-high 134 yards (16.8 avg.) and a score vs. Utah State (Oct. 14)…Junior season (2005): Played in 11 games, starting three at split end…Ranked second on the team with 30 receptions for 278 yards (9.3 avg.) and a TD…Picked up 48 yards on eight carries (6.0 avg.) and 106 yards on 20 punt returns (5.3 avg.)…Sophomore season (2004): Started six of 11 games, ranking second on the team with 25 receptions for 317 yards (12.7 avg.) and a TD…Served as the team’s primary punt returner for the first half of the season, with 11 punt returns for 80 yards (7.3 avg.)…Snared career-long 67-yard TD pass vs. Morgan State (Sept. 18) in his first 100-yard game (four catches, 102 yards)…Freshman season (2003): Saw limited action in nine games, with one reception for 8 yards at Florida (Aug. 30)…Played special teams, recording three tackles, and was a reserve long snapper.
Given name James Deandre Jones…Nicknamed “Dingo,” a moniker given to him by his college teammates in reference to the muscular professional wrestler The Dingo Warrior, when during his first college weight room workout he bench-pressed 225 pounds an impressive 16 times…Born in San Jose, Calif.…Married to Tamika; the couple has a 1-year old-son, James Martell Lightning Jones…Voiced on draft day how excited he was to be selected, having come from very humble beginnings…At times he and his mother moved around to different homeless shelters, sometimes going to bed hungry and getting by however they could…In high school, in order to help his mother get back on her feet, moved in with his paternal grandmother, who forced him to take special education classes during his early high school years to keep up academically…High school: Played QB, WR and FS at Gunderson High in San Jose…Was his conference’s MVP as a senior and a first-team All-Central Coast Section pick when he passed for 18 TDs and ran for 11 more, leading his team to a conference championship…Played in the 2002 Santa Clara County North-South All-Star Game…Also lettered in basketball and track…As a junior, averaged 18.2 points per game as a point guard to lead his team to a conference title and the third round of the playoffs…Upped his scoring average to 22 points per game as a senior…Registered a personal best of 6-8 in the high jump, good for third in the state meet as a senior…Community involvement: His humble beginnings influenced him to become actively involved in community events during his time in Green Bay…In 2010, helped build new and refurbish old playground equipment at local Nicolet Elementary School as part of local United Way’s NFL Hometown Huddle project, and rang The Salvation Army bell and signed autographs as Green Bay receivers competed with the Minnesota defensive line for holiday donations…His Love Jones 4 Kids Foundation focuses on the needs of children in the communities of Green Bay and San Jose, Calif., and also supports the efforts of the Milwaukee Rescue Mission…Hosts an annual “Never Think About Failure” football camp in San Jose and a “Toast To Success” dinner in Green Bay to raise money for his foundation and for underprivileged youth…Participated in the Packers Tailgate Tour in 2008 and 2010, traveling to several Wisconsin destinations and visiting residents and schools…Received the Nice Guy Award in 2008 at the annual Doug Jirschele Sports Awards Banquet in Clintonville, Wis. …Spoke to students at Fort Howard Elementary School on standing up to peer pressure…In his first season, assisted with a skills camp for kids at the Boys and Girls Club, helped to refurbish the Green Bay West H.S. football field as part of the Home Depot Neighborhood MVP Program, and helped with improvements at Golden House, a local domestic abuse shelter, as part of Hometown Huddle…Has participated in events to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Donald Driver Foundation…Has been a summertime volunteer coach for kids at football camps in Seattle, Wash., Portland, Ore., and St. Mary’s, Calif. …Hobbies/interests: Enjoys playing basketball…Is a mixed martial arts fan and has attended UFC fights in Las Vegas…Names Money Talks as his favorite movie and the Bible as his favorite book…Enjoys visiting the Bahamas…Residence: San Jose, Calif.