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|Poor James Jones. Despite spending almost his entire career as a backup, he has averaged 46 receptions for 608 yards and 4.8 touchdowns per season during the four years that he has played 16 games. Thatís pretty solid production for a backup. Unfortunately, when he hit the free agent market prior to the 2011 season, the market for his services never developed and he re-signed in Green Bay. Then the Packers drafted Randall Cobb in the 2nd round of last yearís draft and kept aging veteran Donald Driver. Both players return in 2012, meaning Jones will once again split the backup role with two other players. While it helps matters that the Packers love to play with five wide formations, Jones doesnít get fed enough (just 55 targets last season) to make him fantasy relevant. Unless he gets a new home during the preseason, Jones will shape up as a low end WR4 or as a WR5 in 2012.
| Chargers lose Stevie Johnson for the season -- Wed Aug 10 8:57 pm --|
|The San Diego Chargers will have to play the 2016 season without Stevie Johnson. The veteran wide receiver has learned that surgery to repair a meniscus tear will prevent him from suiting up this year, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the results of the surgery. The procedure was successful, per Rapoport, but will require a lengthier rehab process than originally expected.
FF Today's Take: The new rehab schedule for the injury suffered at the start of training camp will prevent slot receiver Steve Johnson from playing in 2016. The Chargers signed veteran James Jones in the aftermath of this new information. One player that figures to benefit from an increased opportunity is Dontrelle Inman. After posting respectable numbers as a sophomore with limited playing time, Inman may see his targets double if he can secure regular playing time in the slot.
|Chargers expected to sign WR James Jones -- Tue Aug 2 2:30 pm --|
Stevie Johnson recovering from torn meniscus
|The Chargers are signing WR James Jones, source said. Another veteran weapon for Philip Rivers. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jones is expected to replace Steve Johnson who suffered a knee injury on Sunday. Despite a semi-productive season last year (50-890-8) in Green Bay, Jones received very little interest as a free agent this offense. We'll see if he's able to develop a role during camp. For now, he's late-round dart throw in redraft leagues.