After reading the blogs over Labor Day weekend, it certainly seems that Packer Nation is united in the Packers welcoming back James Jones to the organization, and maybe just as grateful that Ted Thompson didn’t do the same thing with Matt “Blood Mary” Flynn…

Comparisons already have been made to the 1997 Super Bowl when veteran receiver Andre Rison joined the Packers and became a favorite target of Brett Favre. But this is different. There already is that trust and familiarity between Jones and Aaron Rodgers, even when Jones would occasionally drop a pass.

Everyone loved Jones when he was here from 2007 to 2013, especially after he was released by the club and displayed no bitterness toward the organization.

He signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders, played every game and set a career record with 73 passes caught, good for 666 yards and six touchdowns, then was released after draft day in April, signed by the New York Giants, and was released on cut-down day Saturday.

The timing couldn’t be better.

With Jordy Nelson out for the season with a torn ACL, the only Packers receiver with more than one year of NFL experience is Randall Cobb, who injured his shoulder in the third preseason game and lines up primarily as a slot receiver. Second-year pros Davante Adams and Jeff Janis and rookie Ty Montgomery received more valuable playing time than they would have had Jones been with the team at the start of training camp.

And Jones’ integration into the Packers line-up should be seamless. He told that the playbook is “99 percent” the same as it was in 2013.

Moreover, when was the last time an incoming player requested a jersey number that already was taken, and the current player gave it up for nothing? That’s what tight-end Richard Rodgers did, which tells you all you need to know about team chemistry.

Whether Jones is the third receiver behind Adams or is watching the speedy Janis and Montgomery from the sidelines, his value as an experienced receiver with Packer ties is undeniable—especially when you consider the high number of injuries that every team incurs throughout the season.

And you can never have too many talented players on a Football team—especially when your goal as the defending four-time divisional champion is the Super Bowl.

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