In an interview with The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas, Jones spoke about what he felt about being cut from the Giants and Raiders before returning to Green Bay, where he spent his first seven seasons.
[I]n New York, I was just behind from Day 1. By that I mean, they already had the guys they wanted. You’ve got Rueben Randle, who came off a great year last year, he’s a draft pick, and you’ve obviously got Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Jr. So I felt like they already had their top three. From talking to [Tom] Coughlin, he was telling me I had a great camp, and I was one of the best receivers out there--I led the whole team in preseason--but these other guys they are going to go with. And I understood that. And to be honest with you, I told Coach Coughlin that I didn’t want to be one of those guys who dressed one week, didn’t dress another week, especially me going on nine years in the NFL. I wanted to have the opportunity to go somewhere and play and be a part of an offense. They already had the guys they wanted, so I think it was just out of respect for me to let me go, because I really wasn’t going to be a big part of the offense, because they already had their top three guys they wanted, whether I outplayed them or not.
The Giants signed Jones at the start of the preseason and the veteran receiver led the team with 15 catches and 187 yards, but he was cut when teams narrowed their rosters to 53 players.
The Giants brought Jones in on a minimum deal to defray any lost time that Victor Cruz might incur. Then they let him walk when his old team, Green Bay, who lost Jordy Nelson for the season, was looking for veteran help. Now, Cruz’s return is in question. He could miss 5-6 weeks of the regular season. Like many at the time said (including myself) the Giants should have kept Jones. He is everything a team looks for in a receiver. He gets open, catches the ball when thrown to him, knows where the sticks are and is invaluable in the red and end zone. They, instead, went with Preston Parker because they felt he is better in Cruz’s slot role and can also return kicks. A high price to pay, especially after Parker dropped three third-down passes against Dallas and Jones scored two touchdowns in his first game back in Green Bay.