James Jones makes the most of big opportunity

Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:43:56 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 05:53:30 PM CST
James Jones
GREEN BAY, Wis. -

James Jones will represent Green Bay's offense as a captain this week. Technically, he is not even a starter.

But Jones led the entire NFL this season with 14 touchdown catches, which doubled his scoring production from the year before.

"Just trying to make the most of your chances," Jones said. "You catch the ball on the 10-yard line and you kind of smell the end zone. I just try to get it in, been blessed to break a couple of tackles and make some plays and get them into the end zone."

Jones has made the most of his opportunities in the red zone, just like he's made the most of his opportunity getting more playing time with Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson each missing multiple games with injuries.

"He's obviously been given a lot more opportunities this year and I just love it when a player is given that chance and they step up. This is obviously James' best year," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.

"Whether you catch a 5-yard pass or a 50-yard pass, when you get it into your hands you just want to make a play," Jones said.

The Packers' wide receiver position is almost completely healthy now. Jordy Nelson has played the past two games, but is still dealing with a lingering ankle injury that forced him out of Saturday's win against Minnesota.

"We'll be good to go come Saturday," Nelson said. "We'll do stuff before the game just to make sure I'm ready to roll."

Nelson was a limited participant at practice Thursday.