It seems James Jones has already found a new home in the NFL after getting released by the San Diego Chargers. According to new reports, the wide receiver might join the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2016 NFL season.
As noted by Bleacher Report, James officially joined the Chargers earlier this month after signing a one-year contract. He was brought in by the team to add depth to its roster and to serve as a potential replacement to Stevie Johnson, who will most likely miss the entire upcoming season due to an injury.
However, through practices and workout sessions, the team later on learned that James does not fit well with the rest of the team. According to a report by sports journalist Annie Heilburn, prior to his release, James admitted that he struggled learning the playbook of the Chargers.
"It's a lot different than Green Bay," he said. "It's baby steps. I'm still learning out there, still thinking a lot, [that's] still slowing me down a little bit. I just got to keep pounding away at it and hopefully I'll break through here and understand it more."
"Coming in, I felt like I've seen really every concept, a lot of different verbiages," he continued. "This offense has been really tricky for me... It's just not coming to me extremely fast yet. I still have to break the huddle and think in my head, 'Okay, this is what I got.'"
Due to his struggles, the Charges made a surprising move by letting him go. Although it would have been more logical for the team to just retain him as a backup until he learns the plays, it seems the San Diego franchise is more focused on only keeping players that can pick up immediately.
Now that he's a free agent, Sportsrageous noted that he could sign with the Eagles is the team makes an offer. Like his original purpose in San Diego, James could add depth to Philadelphia's lineup by joining other wide receivers Rueben Randle and Josh Huff. Together, they could serve as reliable backups to possible starters Jordan Matthews, Chris Givens and Nelson Agholor, who, according to Pro Football Talk, needs to improve his game more.