James Jones: Packers can field three 1,000-yard WRs


James Jones is sticking to his prediction.

The Green Bay Packers wide receiver told Around The League's Dan Hanzus in February that his team could produce a trio of 1,000-yard receivers this coming season. Asked about it again this week, Jones didn't back down.

"I do, I do," Jones told the Green Bay Press Gazette. "I've been on record as saying that I believe we have three 1,000-yard receivers in this room. I believe me, Randall (Cobb) and Jordy (Nelson), if we all stay healthy, we can all reach over 1,000."

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Granted, Cobb has emerged as one of the NFL's most dynamic playmakers and came within 50 yards of the 1,000-yard mark last season. Nelson notched 1,263 yards in 2011 and Jones -- entering a contract year -- will have a healthy opportunity to improve on last season's 784-yard total. Still, we don't see this happening.

This year's Packers team brings a fresh commitment to the run game. Rookie running backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin add a new dimension to the Packers' offense after years of a one-sided attack.

The Packers will be a better team if a portion of the gaudy passing stats are replaced by a more balanced scheme that keeps defenses guessing.

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