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Giants roster cuts 2015: WR James Jones released by Giants

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Wide receiver was team's leading receiver in preseason.

James Jones fumbles vs. the Jets
James Jones fumbles vs. the Jets
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In a move that I would consider a surprise, veteran wide receiver James Jones has been released by the New York Giants, per a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. In his ninth season, the Giants signed Jones early in training camp. Jones led the Giants with 15 receptions in the preseason, averaging 12.5 yards per catch.

Perhaps cutting the 31-year-old Jones indicates that the Giants believe Victor Cruz (calf) will be ready to play Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps it also offers the possibility that either veteran Preston Parker or young second-year wide receiver Corey Washington could earn a roster spot.

Jones spent the first seven years of his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers. He could end up back there as the Packers are still looking to replace Jordy Nelson, out for the season with a torn ACL.

Keep track of all the Giants moves in our constantly updated cuts tracker.