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Thursday, September 15, 2011
BBAO: James Jones first out of the box

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

We've discussed on several occasions already the Green Bay Packers' challenge in keeping a slew of offensive skill players involved and contributing to the offense. Receiver James Jones' case was of particular interest this week after he had only one pass thrown his way in the Packers' 42-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Speaking to Wisconsin reporters Wednesday, Jones said he had no issue with quarterback Aaron Rodgers' selection of targets. But Jones made clear he wasn't thrilled that he played 19 snaps, of which six were in a running formation.
Jones: "I don't care about the ball at all, but I truly, truly want to be in the game plan. Everybody plays this game because they want to play. I'm not selfish; I understand we've got a lot of weapons, so I'm not saying I want the ball every play. But I think I deserve to be on the field more than I was."

Jones isn't asking for the ball, but what he is requesting -- more playing time -- falls in the same realm of this issue. The Packers have plenty of deserving candidates to get on the field, something he knew when he re-signed with the team this summer. I'm guessing the Packers will involve him more in at least some weeks, but when you share the No. 3 receiver role on a talented and healthy offense, you're probably not going to play as much as you would like.

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