Atlanta Falcons: Should Falcons target any remaining free agents?

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Nov 9, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver James Jones (89) runs past Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) after making a catch in the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

James Jones, WR

You can certainly do a lot worse than James Jones.

After spending seven successful seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Jones swapped Lambeau for the Coliseum. 

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

In Green Bay, Jones always lined up next to a number of talented receivers giving him fewer opportunities to make plays. It’s no surprise that in Oakland he made a career-high 73 receptions. He was targeted in three digits (111 times) for the first time in his career also.

He recorded 666 yards and six touchdowns in his one-year with the Raiders, and could offer Matt Ryan and the Falcons something if they opted to go for him.

A knock on Jones is he’s never surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, but he’s always been a solid contributor wherever he’s been.

At 31 years old, the best years of his career are behind him. His 9.1 average yards per catch in 2014 was by far the lowest of his career—his previous lowest was 12.3 in 2012.

If he was added to the Falcons offense, he wouldn’t have the pressure of being the No. 1 receiver, and could even slip behind Roddy White on the depth chart as a No. 3.

The benefit?

Jones could add experience and solid production on offense while allowing rookie Justin Hardy to adjust to life in the NFL.

On the flip side, it could be argued that Jones’ addition could have a negative effect on Hardy’s development.

What do you think, Falcons fans? Would you offer Jones a one-year deal?

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