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Selected by Green Bay Packers in the third round (78th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, April 28, 2007…Re-signed by Packers, July 31, 2011…Signed by Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, March 17, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Veteran wide receiver joins the Raiders after seven productive seasons with the Green Bay Packers…Was a key member of the Packers’ receiving corps during the team’s run to Super Bowl XLV in 2010…Left the Packers ranked 12th on the franchise’s all-time receptions list and receptions yards, and 11th on the team’s all-time TD receptions list…Set a career high with 817 receiving yards in 2013…Led the NFL with 14 TD catches in 2012, the first Packer to lead the league in the category since 1994…The 14 TD grabs were tied for the fourth most in a season in franchise history…Caught at least two TD passes in three straight games in 2012 (Weeks 4-6)…Recorded at least five TD passes from 2009-12…Was the only offensive player on the Packers to play in all 64 regular-season games from 2009-12…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…For his career, has played in 104 games with 47 starts and has caught 310 passes for 4,305 yards (13.9 avg.) and 34 TDs.
2013 (with GB): Started 14 games on the season, totaling 59 receptions for 817 yards (13.8 avg.) and three TDs…His 817 yards marked a career high…Finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards…Added two catches for 20 yards in the postseason…(9/15) vs. Was.: Posted a career performance that featured career highs in both catches (11) and receiving yards (178), and an impressive 16.2 avg. ...Collected nine of his catches and 152 of the yards before halftime, helping to stake the Packers to a
24-0 lead...Became the first Packer to have double-digit receptions since 2007…The yardage total was the most by a Green Bay player since 2006…(9/22) at Cin.: Finished with four catches for 34 yards (8.5 avg.) and his first TD of the season, scoring from seven yards out…(10/6) vs. Det.: Recorded a game-high 127 receiving yards and one TD on four catches (31.8 avg.)...Hauled in a career-long 83-yard catch-and-run TD in the third quarter…Marked the ninth 100-yard receiving game of his career…(10/13) at Bal.: Exited the game in the first quarter with a knee injury and did not return…(11/24) vs. Min.: Posted team highs with both his seven receptions and 80 yards (11.4 avg.)...Made a key fourth-down reception late in the game to extend the drive that led to a game-tying FG…(12/15) at Dal.: Contributed to the team’s historic comeback win with three catches for 49 yards (16.3 avg.) and his third TD of the
Season…(12/22) vs. Pit.: Finished with a team-high nine catches for 84 yards (9.3 avg.)…Postseason: (1/5/14) vs. SF: Started at WR and finished with two catches for 20 yards (10.0 avg.).
2012 (with GB): Started a career-high 16 games and opened both playoff contests…Set career highs in receptions (64) and receiving TDs (14)…Led the league in TD catches, becoming the first Packer to do so since 1994…Led the team with 138 receiving yards on eight catches (17.3 avg.) with one TD in the playoffs…(9/9) vs. SF: Led the team with 81 receiving yards on four catches (20.3 avg.), scoring on a 10-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter…(9/30) vs. NO: Posted the second multi-TD game of his career, finishing with five catches for 56 yards (11.2 avg.) and two scores…(10/7) at Ind.: Finished with his second multi-TD game in as many weeks, hauling in four passes for 46 yards (11.5 avg.) and two TDs…(10/14) at Hou.: Totaled three catches for 33 yards (11.0 avg.) and two TDs, joining Don Hutson (1943) as the only players in the history of the franchise to post three consecutive multi-TD receiving games…(10/28) vs. Jac.: Posted a team-high seven receptions for 78 yards (11.1 avg.)…(11/4) vs. Ari.: Led the team with four catches for 61 yards (15.3 avg.), including his career-high eighth TD grab of the season in the second quarter…(12/16) at Chi.: Hauled in a career-high three TD passes, finishing the afternoon with five receptions for 60 yards (12.0 avg.) in the division-clinching victory…(12/23) vs. Ten.: Posted his first 100-yard game of the season, tying for the team high with seven catches for a team-best 100 yards (14.3 avg.) and a TD…Postseason: (1/5/13) vs. Min.: Finished with four catches for 51 yards (12.8 avg.), with three of the grabs going for first downs…(1/12/13) at SF: Posted a team-leading and playoff-career-high 87 receiving yards on four catches (21.8 avg.) with one TD.
2011 (with GB): Played in all 16 games for the third straight season as well as the team’s playoff contest…Caught 38 passes for 635 yards, a career-high 16.7-yard receiving average…Posted seven TD catches, one of three Packers to do so (Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings) as they became the first trio of WRs in franchise history to each catch seven-plus TD passes in the same season…Averaged 30.9 yards on his TD catches…(10/9) at Atl.: Led the team with a career-high 140 receiving yards on five catches (28.0 avg.), including a 70-yard TD catch in the third quarter that gave Green Bay a 15-14 lead, one they would not relinquish…(11/24) at Det.: Paced the team with 94 receiving yards on three receptions (31.3 avg.), including his then-career-high-tying fifth TD catch of the season…(12/25) vs. Chi.: Posted the first multi-TD game of his career, finishing with four receptions for 50 yards (12.5 avg.)…(1/1/12) vs. GB: Caught a season-high six passes for 89 yards (14.8 avg.)…Made two catches for 56 yards (28.0 avg.) on the team’s final drive of the game that helped set up the game-winning TD in the 45-41 victory.
2010 (with GB): Appeared in all 16 games for the third time in his career with three starts…Registered 50 catches for 679 yards (13.6 avg.) and five TDs…Ranked third on the team in catches and second in receiving TDs…Caught 11 passes for 144 yards (13.1 avg.) in the postseason and tied for the team lead with two TD receptions…(10/24) vs. Min.: Totaled a team-high 107 receiving yards on four catches (26.8 avg.)…(11/7) vs. Dal.: Caught a career-high eight passes for 123 yards (15.4 avg.) and one TD, a 10-yard score that gave the Packers a commanding 35-7 lead…(12/19) at NE: Led the team with five receptions for 95 yards (19.0 avg.), highlighted by a 66-yard TD catch from QB Matt Flynn on the opening play of the second quarter…Postseason: (1/15/11) at Atl.: Posted 75 yards receiving and a TD on four receptions (18.8 avg.)…(2/6/11) vs. Pit.: Started as the team opened up in a four-WR set and finished second on the team with a career postseason-high five catches for 50 yards (10.0 avg.).
2009 (with GB): Played in all 16 games with three starts and made 32 catches for 440 yards (13.8 avg.)...Was tied for second on the team with five TD catches, adding a sixth TD in the postseason…Was fifth on the team in receptions and fourth in yards…(10/18) vs. Det.: Totaled 55 receiving yards on two catches, including a 47-yard TD…(11/8) at TB: Finished game with season-best four receptions for 103 yards (25.3 avg.), also a season high, the third 100-yard game of his career…(11/26) at Det.: Posted four receptions for 35 yards and added a 21-yard TD reception…Postseason: (1/10/10) at Ari.: Posted 50 receiving yards and a TD on three catches (16.7 avg.).
2008 (with GB): Played in 10 games with two starts, and ranked sixth on the team with 20 receptions for 274 yards (13.7 avg.) and one TD…One of only three players, along with Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, to post a 100-yard receiving game on the season…Inactive for six games, five of them due to a sprained right knee originally suffered in the preseason game at Denver (Aug. 22)…(9/14) at Det.: Posted 29 receiving yards on four catches and one TD, his lone TD reception of the season…(12/14) at Jac.: Caught four passes for a season-high 132 yards (33.0 avg.), the third-highest yardage output by a Packers receiver on the season, including receptions of 46, 40 and 34 yards.
2007 (with GB): Played in all 16 games with nine starts, and appeared in both playoff contests…Finished fourth on the team with 47 catches for 676 yards – both totals good for third in the league among rookies, behind Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe (70-995) and Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (48-756) – and two TDs…(9/9) vs. Phi.: In his first NFL game, started as the No. 2 WR and caught four passes for 29 yards (7.3 avg.)…(9/23) vs. SD: Posted a season-high six catches for 79 yards (13.2 avg.)…(9/30) at Min.: Posted the first TD of his career, a 33-yarder…(10/29) at Den.: Posted his first career 100-yard game and earned Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors after catching three passes for 107 yards (35.7 avg.), including a career-long 79-yard TD.
COLLEGE: 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...As a senior in 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 then the fourth-highest total in school history, 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…As a junior in 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.)…As a sophomore in 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)…As a freshman in 2003, saw limited action in nine games, with one reception for 8 yards at Florida…Played special teams, recording three tackles, and was a reserve long snapper...Majored in sociology.
PERSONAL: Attended Gunderson High School in San Jose, Calif. …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…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, and also supports the efforts of the Milwaukee Rescue Mission…Hosts an annual “Never Think About Failure” football camp in San Jose.
WR James Jones played his college football at nearby San Jose State. His time at Spartan Stadium accounts for only a fraction of his inspiring story.