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REPORT: Chargers sign veteran WR James Jones


The San Diego Chargers have found a replacement for Stevie Johnson.

According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the Chargers have agreed to a deal with former Packers wide receiver James Jones.

The #Chargers are signing WR James Jones, source said. Another veteran weapon for Philip Rivers

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 2, 2016

Jones, 32, adds a solid veteran presence while Johnson recovers from a torn meniscus. After reuniting with the Packers in 2015, Jones led the team with 50 receptions for 890 yards and eight touchdowns, which was the second-most in his career. He also finished with a career-high 17.8 yards per catch (fourth-best among qualifiers). He was huge help for a Packers’ passing attack that had been hit by injuries.

Jones, who is only 6-foot-1 and 208 pounds, is known to be a big red-zone target. He’s finished with at least five or more touchdowns in six of his nine seasons. That’s big for a Chargers team that ranked in the bottom half of the league in red zone offense in 2015–and a team that also finished 26th in total points per game. Jones is quite durable, too. He has played a full 16 games in all but two seasons.

The Chargers still have solid depth at the position with second-year pro Tyrell Williams and third-year pro Dontrelle Inman. Even with Jones’ addition, look for Williams to still make a big impact. Williams has been taking reps with the first-team offense in training camp. With his size (6-foot-4), speed and improved route-running, he could develop into one of Philip Rivers’ top targets right away.