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James Jones rumors: Would Green Bay Packers like him back?

Jones spent seven years with Packers.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants wide receiver James Jones, out of work and thinking his NFL career might be over, just a few weeks ago, is suddenly a very popular guy. With the Green Bay Packers having lost star wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL, there is much speculation that the Packers might be interested in a reunion with Jones, who spent the first seven years of his career and caught 310 passes for Green Bay.

ESPN Packers beat write Rob Demovsky called Jones Green Bay's "best hope" of finding someone who could contribute. If, of course, the Giants were to cut him.

The problem for Green Bay is that Jones is making it increasingly difficult for the Giants to do that.

Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was with Jones in Green Bay for all seven of those seasons, lauded Jones' professionalism last week and said he was excited to see what the veteran would go against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jones then went out and caught five passes for 83 yards, four of which resulted in first downs.Through two games, Jones has a team-high seven receptions.

Some have suggested a trade, which might help clear a log jam at wide receiver for the Giants. On that front, why would Green Bay or anyone else trade for a guy who was on the street and available to everyone just a couple of weeks ago? Even if they were, they almost certainly aren't trading a safety like, oh, Micah Hyde, for Jones. At best, the haul would probably be a conditional seventh-round pick.