Posted by Andy Benoit
Two promising but befuddling wide receivers will be on the open market once free agency presumably gets underway in a week or so. As we wrote yesterday, the Jaguars have indeed parted ways with Mike Sims-Walker. The four-year pro can, at his best, be a watered down version of Brandon Marshall. At his worst, however, he’s an inconsistent injury magnet. Nevertheless, Sims-Walker has the talent to be a viable starter at the pro level.
So does Packers wideout – or, now, former Packers wideout – James Jones. The Packers have decided not to tender the four-year pro.
Yes, Jones is known for his prominent drops (fumbles and muffed receptions have been a bugaboo for him). But Jones has the length, speed, quickness and body control to be a matchup problem outside or, especially, in the slot. He recorded 50 catches for 679 yards in 2011.
Jones was only allowed to hit free agency because the Packers have plenty of depth at wide receiver (Jordy Nelson is on pace to replace the still-viable Donald Driver as the No. 2 receiver, Brett Swain is capable of handling No. 4 duties and super freak Jermichael Finley will be returning as the team’s most dangerous slot weapon in 2011.
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