Bay Packers' Randall Cobb catches a ball during NFL football
training camp Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY —
James Jones is sticking to his prediction.
He said the Green
Bay Packers could have three 1,000-yard receivers in the same
season for the first time, even without Greg Jennings and Donald
Jones led the NFL
with a career-high 14 touchdown receptions, while also setting
personal bests for catches (64) and receiving yards (784). Randall
Cobb had 80 catches for 954 yards, both team highs, and eight
touchdowns. And Jordy Nelson had 745 receiving yards and seven TD
catches despite missing four games with a hamstring injury.
Three" have their sights on setting themselves apart as the
most productive group of receivers in team history.
believe it 100 percent. One hundred percent, man," Jones said
Wednesday. "Three 1,000-yard receivers are coming. I still
alone. Cobb said Aaron Rodgers' big-play trio of wideouts is
aiming to put up unprecedented numbers in the season ahead.
we're working for as part of our group goals," Cobb said.
"We understand our team goals are a lot greater, but inside
of our group goals, that's the goal we set for our group."
Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson throws a ball during NFL football
training camp Friday, July 26, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay after seven seasons to sign with NFC North rival
Minnesota in free agency. Driver, a fan favorite who rarely
contributed on the field last season, retired as the team's
all-time leading receiver in February after playing 14 years for
different because of the faces, but as far as playing ability,
it's still here," tight end Jermichael Finley said. "The
thing is, we've got so many weapons."
Finley is an
imposing and athletic pass catcher in his own right, and can draw
attention away from the receivers. He set a single-season team
record for tight ends with 61 catches in 2012.
"We all take
on the same mindset, still with Greg being gone, that we're trying
to make the most of our chances," Jones said. "We still
know that we have three explosive receivers and a tight end that
can make some plays. Aaron does a great job of getting us all the
ball, but we know that you ain't going to get 10 balls a game.
Maybe that one game you do, but you've still got to make the most
of your chances, and that's the mindset."
The shared focus
for the receivers at the outset of camp also has been getting past
the recent criticism leveled by Jennings at Rodgers for his
leadership and accountability.
anytime a guy leaves a team who's been there for so long and then
starts coming out and saying certain things, it surprises
everyone," Nelson said. "I think it's unfortunate and
we're ready to move on."
After all, a big
goal sits out there for the "Big Three" to chase.
"It's a good
competition," Jones said. "We're just out there having
fun. We're trying to get each other better. We understand that
we're going to need all three of us to make plays. And we truly
believe as we go, this team goes, that we're going to have to make
plays out there for our team."
Bay Packers' James Jones during NFL football training camp
Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
And by the way,
Jones insists he doesn't feel left out after specialty hamburgers
were unveiled on the menu at Curly's Pub in Lambeau Field until
the start of the season. A percentage of the proceeds from the
sales of the burgers will be donated to a charity chosen by one of
five players or coach Mike McCarthy.
on the Cobb Burger") and Nelson ("Jordy Nelson
Burger") have menu selections named after them. Nothing for
Jones, but it's no big deal.
"We've got a
lot of guys on this team, they made some plays, man, so you can't
have 13 burgers up there. It's all good," said Jones, who
also prefers plain burgers to cheeseburgers. He quipped: "So
that wouldn't go well with Wisconsin people, they wouldn't even
want to eat my burger."
indicated after Wednesday's practice that Cobb would still be used
in a dual role as a kick returner: "Cobb has been excellent
for us back there. If we were to play a game tomorrow, Randall
would be my returner." . Finley, a sixth-year pro, is
entering the final year of his contract but expressed a desire to
remain in Green Bay and finish his career with the Packers. ... CB
Tramon Williams (knee) didn't practice for the second straight
day. LBs Dezman Moses (toe) and rookie Nate Palmer (shoulder) also
were held out Wednesday. Veteran DT Johnny Jolly dropped out of
practice with an ankle injury.