There's a lot of pressure on a wide receiver when he's catching passes from a future Hall of Fame quarterback. The Denver Broncos have two starters without that experience. Could the team seek out James Jones from the Green Bay Packers?
Pressure is on Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas with Peyton Manning
People gave young wide receivers like Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas a pass last season because they had Tim Tebow throwing to them. That safety net disappeared the moment Denver signed the all-time great Peyton Manning to quarterback the team. Now fans and experts have higher expectations from the two receivers who don't know what kind of pressure it is to receive for a Hall of Fame shoo-in like Manning. What's worse is Peyton expects the best since he threw to other greats like Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. It's a lot to deal with for two players with a joint three seasons of experience between them. Thomas himself said every time he makes a mistake fans will wonder if the Denver Broncos should have done more to surround Manning with weapons during the offseason. In truth the threat is still there. If either Decker or Thomas falter during training camp or the preseason the Broncos brass might make a move to get help and they may not have to look far to find it.
Jones loves Aaron Rodgers but can't buy a break in Green Bay
No one has said James Jones is a bad receiver. Since joining the Green Bay Packers in 2007 he has made big plays. Problems with fumbles and drops are what have stopped him from being a starter ahead of stalwarts like Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Aaron Rodgers said many times he hopes Jones can stay with the team but after the Packers gave Driver a new deal it seems like they will move on without him by either trade or release. Loyal fans stubbornly say Green Bay would never even think of trading Jones but rumors start for good reasons. Jones is still young and talented. He could fetch a good price with the right team. Some think the Cleveland Browns would give up Colt McCoy and a high draft pick for him. Honestly any team hurting at receiver should have interest. That's why Denver might make more sense. By signing a 14-year veteran in Manning the Broncos made it clear they are gunning for the Super Bowl in 2012. If either Decker or Thomas can't handle that then Jones can. He caught passes from Brett Favre and then Aaron Rodgers, a guaranteed Hall of Famer and the league MVP. Jones also has a Super Bowl ring.
No one has lost faith in Eric Decker or Demaryius Thomas yet, least of all Peyton Manning. However if the Denver Broncos are dead set on a Super Bowl, then they could use more help. James Jones from the Green Bay Packers fits that bill.