James Jones (wide receiver)

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James Jones
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Jones in the 2014 NFL season.
No. 89  Oakland Raiders
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-03-31) March 31, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: San Jose, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: San Jose (CA) Gunderson
College: San Jose State
NFL draft: 2007 – 3rd round – 78th pick
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Receptions: 383
Receiving Yards: 4,971
Receiving Touchdowns: 43
Stats at NFL.com

James DeAndre Jones (born March 31, 1984) is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at San Jose State University.

Early years[edit]

Jones and his mother lived in various homeless shelters. Jones then lived with his paternal grandmother during his high school years and Janet Jean Jones mother who paid their rent and purchased James Jones first suit. At Gunderson High School in San Jose, California, Jones played basketball, track, and football.[1] During his senior year, Jones was his team's most valuable player as a quarterback.[1] Jones credits his Pop Warner football coach, Marion Larrea, with turning his life around. Larrea saw potential in Jones and treated him as part of his own family. Jones fine-tuned his skills at San Jose State under the leadership of wideout coach Keith (K-Dubb) Williams. After winning Super Bowl XLV in 2011, Jones autographed and gave his game worn jersey to Larrea, saying he would not have achieved what he did without him.[2]

College career[edit]

After three years at San Jose State University, Jones had a breakthrough 2006 senior season, where he caught 70 passes, good for 893 yards and 10 TDs.[1] Jones capped off his senior season by catching six passes (106 yards), two for touchdowns, en route to being named the offensive MVP of the inaugural New Mexico Bowl.[3] His accomplishments his senior year earned him second team All-WAC honors along with an invite to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1][4]

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 207 lb 3212 in 934 in 4.60 s 1.63 s 2.67 s 4.20 s 7.06 s 34 in 9 ft 11 in 22 reps
Arm and hand spans from Pro Day at San Jose State on March 6, 2007; other measurables from the NFL Scouting Combine[5][6]

James Jones was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 3rd round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Jones with the Packers in 2012.

Jones was a starter for the Packers in the first game of the 2007 season. He caught four passes for 29 total yards in a 16–13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones scored his first professional touchdown in a week four match-up vs. the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. With Green Bay leading 16–9, Brett Favre hit Jones on a pass down the right sideline that went 33 yards for a touchdown, giving Green Bay a 23–9 lead. The Packers would end up winning the game 23–16. Jones was announced as the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on October 28–29, 2007. Jones had three receptions for 107 yards including a first-quarter 79-yard touchdown in the Packers' 19–13 win over the Denver Broncos. Jones finished the year with 47 receptions for 676 yards and two touchdowns.

In 2009-2010 season, Jones was the depth chart three receiver on the team, behind Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.[7] In 2009, Jones caught 32 passes, had 440 receiving yards and scored 5 touchdowns. Jones added 3 receptions, 50 yards and 1 touchdown in Green Bay's Wild Card playoff overtime loss against the Arizona Cardinals.

In 2010, Jones had 50 receptions for 679 yards and 5 touchdowns. He scored 2 touchdowns in the 2010-11 NFL Playoffs, one each in the Wild Card and Divisional round vs the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons respectively. In Super Bowl XLV vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jones caught 5 passes for 50 yards in Green Bay's 31-25 triumph.

Jones was a free agent in 2011. During the offseason, it was widely speculated that Jones would seek a higher salary with another team. However, he signed a three-year contract with the Packers on July 31.[8] In 2011, Jones had 635 receiving yards and scored 7 touchdowns with 38 receptions.

In 2012, Jones started all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career. He posted career highs in receptions (64), receiving yards (784) and touchdowns (14). His 14 touchdown receptions led the entire NFL.[9] On October 14 against the Houston Texans, Jones caught two touchdown passes for the third consecutive game, this tied a franchise record established by Don Hutson in 1943.[10] On December 16 against the Chicago Bears, Jones had 3 touchdown catches for the first time in a single game in his career. Jones started both of Green Bay's games in the 2012-13 NFL Playoffs. In the Packers Wild Card playoff victory against the Minnesota Vikings, Jones posted 4 receptions for 51 yards. The following week, Jones had 4 catches, 87 yards and 1 touchdown in the Packers Divisional Round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

In 2013, Jones played in 14 games, all in the starting lineups. With 59 receptions and 3 touchdowns, Jones had a career high 817 receiving yards and career long 83-yard reception.[11]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On March 17, 2014, Jones signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders.[12] On December 14, Jones had 8 receptions for 57 yards and one touchdown in a loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.


Regular season[edit]

Season Team G GS Rec Yds Avg TDs
2007 Green Bay Packers 16 9 47 676 14.4 2
2008 Green Bay Packers 10 2 20 274 13.7 1
2009 Green Bay Packers 16 3 32 440 13.8 5
2010 Green Bay Packers 16 3 50 679 13.6 5
2011 Green Bay Packers 16 0 38 635 16.7 7
2012 Green Bay Packers 16 16 64 784 12.3 14
2013 Green Bay Packers 14 14 59 817 13.8 3
2014 Oakland Raiders 16 10 73 666 9.1 6
Total 120 57 383 4,971 13.0 43


Year Team G GS Rec Yds Avg TDs
2007–08 Green Bay Packers 2 0 3 42 14 0
2009–10 Green Bay Packers 1 0 3 50 16.7 1
2010–11 Green Bay Packers 4 1 11 144 13.1 2
2011–12 Green Bay Packers 1 0 1 16 16.0 0
2012–13 Green Bay Packers 2 2 8 138 17.2 1
2013–14 Green Bay Packers 1 1 2 20 10.0 0
Total 11 4 28 410 14.6 4

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, after signing with the Raiders, Jones and his family moved to San Ramon, California.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d "James Jones". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Pam (November 24, 2011). "Packers' Jones Never Stopped Fighting". Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Mexico Bowl Champions!!!". San Jose State Spartans. December 23, 2006. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Friday Feature: James Jones NFL Draft Next !". SJSUInsider.com. Fox Sports. April 27, 2007. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20070428003808/http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/2007/jones_james
  6. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=58386&draftyear=2007&genpos=WR
  7. ^ "James Jones Named NFL Rookie Of The Week". Archived from the original on 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  8. ^ "Packers agree to terms on three-year deal with Jones". Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Who Are the Favorites for Every Major NFL Award After Week 17?". Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  10. ^ "Packers' Jones goes from trade bait to standout". Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  11. ^ "James Jones". NFL. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ Hanzus, Dan (March 17, 2014). "James Jones signs three-year contract with Raiders". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  13. ^ Leitereg, Neal J. (July 22, 2014). "Raiders receiver James Jones hauls in San Ramon home". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 

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