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Jones' stock on rise in Packers' offense

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By Dan Arkush

With No. 1 WR Greg Jennings down for the count for the foreseeable future with a lingering groin injury, it appears No. 3 WR James Jones could become an increasingly key weapon in the Packers’ offense.

Looking sharp from the get-go in training camp after making a concerted effort to improve his game this offseason, Jones probably had to be considered the team’s best wideout in the season’s first quarter, most close observers told PFW.

After getting chewed out by QB Aaron Rodgers in the Week Two win over the Bears, Jones proceeded to go on quite a roll, catching nearly every ball thrown his way in the next two games. In addition to seemingly overcoming his knack for making the tough catches while dropping the easier ones, Jones has also made major strides picking up yards after the catch, as well as blocking.

As for Jennings, who has been at less than full strength since early August, word is the team’s longtime No. 1 playmaker is expected to be shut down until he regains the step he appears to have lost because of the groin injury.

While opposing defenses have gone out of their way so far this season to limit the kind of downfield completions that had become his specialty, Jennings has been the first one to admit that his ability to go deep has been dramatically curtailed by his wounded groin.

How long it takes Jennings to regain that special ability remains to be seen.

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