Wide receiver James Jones was released by the New York Giants on Saturday. After clearing waivers, he got the call from the Packers. He flew into Green Bay on Sunday and signed a one-year deal with the Packers.
The Packers already have five receivers on their roster. It isn’t clear if they’ll add a sixth, or release one of the five they have. They’ll have to make a cut on Monday.
Jones caught 73 passes for the Oakland Raiders last season, totaling 666 yards and six touchdowns. He played in 14 games with ten starts.
Three seasons ago (2012), Jones caught and NFL best 14 touchdown passes.
The Packers could insert Jones into the three spot, behind Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. But Jones has had a good connection with Aaron Rodgers during his career and there’s no reason to think that won’t happen again. He’s only one year removed from the system he played in during the first seven years of his NFL career.
Former Badger wide receiver Jared Abbrederis has cleared waivers and will return to the Packers on their practice squad. Abbrederis missed all but two practices after suffering a concussion in the first practice of training camp.
The Packers have also added OL Matt Rotheram, LB Carl Bradford, LB James Vaughters, TE Justin Perillo, OL Jeremy Vujnovich and RB John Crockett to their practice squad.
The New England Patriots have signed Khyri Thornton off of waivers. He was released by the Packers on Saturday. TE Mitchell Henry was also released by the Packers and signed by the Denver Broncos.
Former Packers TE Brandon Bostick, who was released by Minnesota, signed a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.