It will be interesting to see, in light of the news about Driver’s knees being scoped, if McCarthy and the offensive staff for the Packers take it upon themselves to begin transitioning James Jones into the starting lineup. They already feature Jones a bit on certain plays. And Driver is coming off an end to a 2009 season that saw just the slightest slip in his game for the first time really in his career.
Now, I don’t advocate a hard and fast switch. And the Packers run so many different personnel groups and formations that it makes the term ‘starter’ almost obsolete.
But the fact of the matter is that Jones is entering his fourth year with the Packers – if he is going to be the future starter alongside Greg Jennings the Packers have to start working him into the gameplan more. It doesn’t help his cause that Jordy Nelson sits behind him breathing down his neck, not quite the talent but twice as good a blocker and, seemingly, a bit of a harder worker as well. Jones improved his blocking last year but he needs to be much more consistent in that area to get on the field as the lone wide receiver in the Heavy formations (3 TE or 2FB) where Rodgers occasionaly checks out of runs to backside slants and Go patterns. Right now, those snaps are mostly going to Jennings and Nelson with some Driver thrown in occasionally.
Jones needs to make the case for his inclusion.
We’ve talked about a ‘Season of No Excuses’ – James Jones has no excuse not to make it impossible for the Packers to keep him off the field.