Veteran receiver James Jones could stick with Giants

Don't count out James Jones in the Giants' wide receiver mix, even if he's currently listed well down the depth chart. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Wide receiver James Jones is still listed under "other" on the New York Giants' official depth chart -- behind the first, second and third string. But that could change soon.

Jones had five catches for 83 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, both team highs. He's been with Big Blue less than a month, but the eight-year veteran certainly has a better track record than most of the receivers he's competing with for a roster spot.

"Just making the most of my opportunities," Jones said Tuesday. "It was a good game receiving the ball. Still got a lot of work to do. I’m extremely hard on myself. I dropped a ball, had a couple bad releases that I felt like would have given me the opportunity to make more plays. Run-blocking-wise I need to get my run-blocking together. Catching the football it was a pretty good game, but I’ve still got a lot of work to do."

Yes, Jones was cut by the Oakland Raiders this spring, but he led Oakland in receptions last season with 73. He's only 31 years old and not that far removed from catching 14 touchdown passes with the Green Bay Packers in 2012.

He worked with Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo in Green Bay, so Jones was already comfortable with McAdoo's system. But after a few weeks of practice he says it's "second nature" and sounds confident he can make the final roster.

"When you come here, you think about making the team," Jones said. "It’s the name of the game, it’s your job, it’s how you provide for your family, so you wanna make the ballclub. But at the same time, if you do what you gotta do on the football field, it’ll all work itself out."

If Jones doesn't make the Giants, a second stint in Green Bay could be in the cards, now that Packers star receiver Jordy Nelson has been lost for the season to a torn ACL.

"I did talk to Jordy," Jones said. "I’m extremely close to Jordy. Oh my goodness, it hurts me to even talk about him, man. That dude works extremely hard, and for him to be out for the season before the season even starts, I feel his pain."

But at least for now, Jones is a Giant. Corey Washington, Preston Parker and Dwayne Harris are currently listed as the team's second-string receivers, but don't rule out Jones displacing someone in that group.