The San Diego Chargers coming off a disappointing season already had bad news early in training camp. Veteran wide receiver Stevie Johnson suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be out for an extended period of time.
The Chargers were in the market for a veteran wide receiver and moved quickly to sign former Green Bay Packer James Jones as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted the news. Rapoport tweeted, “The #Chargers are signing WR James Jones, source said. Another veteran weapon for Philip Rivers.”
Jones is going from one top quarterback in Aaron Rodgers to another in Philip Rivers. If Jones can carve out a role he can provide extra production to the Chargers offense.
Jones finished with 890 yards on 50 catches and eight touchdowns in 16 games last season. Jones showed he still has playing days ahead of him and can produce in the right role with a veteran quarterback.
Behind Keenan Allen is only Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, Tyrell Williams and Javontee Herndon. Allen is locked in as one starter at wide receiver on the offense, but Jones has a clear opportunity to push for the number two or number three role behind Allen.
Jones may not be the flashiest name to get the Chargers back to its winning ways, but he can provide veteran leadership and production on the field which is all the team is looking for. Philip Rivers has produced at a high level and lacks playoff success and Jones can become a small piece to the puzzle to get the Chargers back into playoff contention.