James Jones Joins Raider Nation

James Jones Signs with Oakland

James JonesOne of the hardest aspects for any NFL general manager is putting together an NFL roster with an equal balance of youth and veteran leadership. Having too much of one thing can create problems on the field, lack focus in the locker room, and result in too much turnover without properly developing rookies. On Tuesday, the Oakland Raiders signed wide receiver James Jones, formerly of the Packers, to a three-year contract. Jones is a very solid addition to a Raiders squad that has lacked leadership and a veteran voice on offense.

Jones will be celebrating his 30th birthday at the end of the month. Last season the former Packer had a career high in yards (817) and found the endzone three times. Jones led the NFL in touchdown catches (14) the previous year, and the Raider Nation is hoping he can step up and improve their 24th ranked passing offense from a season ago. The only problem is, at this moment the Oakland Raiders are without any real lock at the starting quarterback position.

Fantasy Breakdown

If the Raiders do in fact trade or acquire Matt Schaub as they have been rumored to be after, a player like James Jones could make the transition for both new additions a smooth one. Yet, if the Raiders master plan is to target one of this years QB rookies, Oakland could be a fantasy graveyard for Jones. At this point it’s too hard to rank Jones without seeing the whole picture in place. Adding a player like Jones is an excellent start for the Raiders 2014 season, now if they can only add a player to help connect the dots.

In my opinion, for the Oakland Raiders to have the most success in 2014, I would target Mike Vick over Matt Schaub. Vick can start and mentor Terrelle Pryor and Matthew McGloin.


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