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Raiders sign James Jones

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According the Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders have just signed James Jones to a three-year contract. Jones was a favorite of Reggie McKenzie during McKenzie's tenure with the Green Bay Packers. Jones is coming off a bad season in which he only caught 59 passes for 817 yards and three touchdowns. But in 2012, Jones was unstoppable scoring 14 times.

Denarius Moore and Rod Streater are both young and talented, but they inconsistent. Jones could step in and provide the leadership necessary to mold Moore and Streater into stars. Another major benefit of signing Jones is that it allows Denarius Moore to be placed in the slot where his speed and quickness can make him lethal. Jones can play the number one receiver allowing Rod Streater to play against number two cornerbacks.

Jones, who is only 29 still has juice left in his tank. It was only two years ago when he caught 14 touchdowns. To compare, Moore and Streater combined for only 9 touchdowns last year. Jones provides the Raiders a weapon which they can use to mold their receivers around. But that is not the only position that Jones can help.

A big reason why Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor struggle last year is because they had no offensive weapons. Enter James Jones. He can provide whichever quarterback is starting for the Raiders a reliable target to throw the ball to.

How does this affect the draft? With a current starting roster of James Jones, Denarius Moore and Rod Streater, it is unlikely that the Raiders will look to acquire a wide receiver with their first round pick. And with Justin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley signed, and elite pass rusher becoming less of a possibility. That leaves quarterback and offensive tackle. Dennis Allen Allen attended Teddy Bridgewater's Pro Day, maybe the Raiders are interested.

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