James Jones WR OAK 4 Days

Jones got the start in Friday's preseason game against the Lions and finished with two receptions for 29 yards.

While Jones is still listed behind Andre Holmes on the unofficial depth chart, he saw five targets in the first half Friday whereas Holmes didn't see a pass thrown his way until the final drive of the third quarter. Jones was inked to a three-year deal in the offseason, but the team seems intent on making him earn a job along the outside. Despite his age (30), Jones should be up to the task, after hauling in 310 passes for 4,305 yards and 37 touchdowns during his eight seasons in Green Bay.

James Jones WR OAK 4 Days

Jones caught two passes for 29 yards on five targets in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.

Jones was active in the offense from the start of Friday's game, though his five targets produced just three catches, one of which went to the other team. Andre Holmes, who is surprisingly listed ahead of Jones on the depth chart, didn't see a pass until the end of the third quarter. There has been some concern about Jones' role in the offense, but he still figures to start across from Rod Streater. The Oakland offense doesn't figure to be particularly good, and Streater has a strong case to be the team's most frequently targeted receiver.

James Jones WR OAK 12 Days

Jones is listed behind Andre Holmes and Rod Streater on the Raiders' unofficial depth chart.

Take this with the usual grain of salt, as the depth chart is obviously subject to change over the course of the preseason, but the 30-year-old Jones may have a tough time beating out the team's younger options. By all accounts the hamstring injury that gave Jones some problems in minicamp is no longer an issue, though it may have set him back in the competition for playing time. Even if Jones does manage to earn a starting job for Oakland, he may be hard-pressed to match his 93 targets from a season ago, and of course he'll have Matt Schaub throwing him the ball and not Aaron Rodgers.

James Jones WR OAK 2 Months

James Jones will be sidelined until training camp with a sprained shoulder.

He'd missed previous practice time with a hamstring strain. Jones is a 31-year-old veteran, but he could've used the reps with new QB Matt Schaub. Jones does offer some potential to flirt with WR3 value as Oakland's top pass catcher.

James Jones WR OAK 3 Months

The Raiders are only likely to keep five wide receivers on their 53-man roster.

The Raiders may not have a true No. 1 receiver, but they have a ton of talent in the wide receiver corps. If they are only to keep five, they will have to cut two of Andre Holmes, Greg Little, Brice Butler, or Juron Criner. While nobody on that list is an established contributor, all have high ceilings. Oakland could also choose to move inconsistent playmaker Denarius Moore to free up a spot for some of their young talent. Wideout is one of the few positions in which the Raiders are solid.

James Jones WR OAK 5 Months

Raiders signed WR James Jones, formerly of the Packers, to a three-year contract.

Jones, 30, set career highs in catches (59) and yards (817) last season with Green Bay, scoring three touchdowns after leading the NFL in touchdown catches (14) the previous year. He gives the Raiders a physical presence with an ability to win contested catches and stretch the field. Unfortunately, Jones going to quarterback-less Oakland could be a death knell for his fantasy outlook. We fully expect Jones to start, but the rest of the Raiders' receiver pecking order is to-be-determined between Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, and Andre Holmes.

James Jones WR OAK 5 Months

Free agent James Jones told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he wants to play for the Panthers.

"I would love the opportunity to play for the Carolina Panthers," said Jones, 30. "I would love to play with Cam (Newton)." A Charlotte Observer report from last Thursday stated the Panthers are "keeping tabs" on Jones, but his market has lacked buzz since. Carolina has serious salary cap restraints as long as Greg Hardy's cap number is sitting at above $13 million. The Panthers may simply not be able to afford Jones at this point in time.

James Jones WR OAK 5 Months

The Panthers are "keeping tabs" on free agent James Jones.

They're also "slow-playing" Hakeem Nicks' market. GM Dave Gettleman took a similar philosophy into 2013 free agency and emerged with several big-time contributors, including Mike Mitchell, Ted Ginn, Drayton Florence, and Travelle Wharton. After releasing Steve Smith, Carolina needs two starting receivers.

James Jones WR OAK 5 Months

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports the Jets will continue to pursue free agent James Jones even if they land Eric Decker.

The Jets are putting the full-court press on Decker as we speak. So at least they are aware they need two new starting wideouts, and plan to do something about it. Jones and Decker have both been touchdown-scoring receivers throughout their careers, though they've been playing with Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning, respectively. Their fantasy values would suffer in New York.

James Jones WR OAK 5 Months

Sources tell the New York Daily News that the Jets have "real interest" in free agent WR James Jones.