Jamal Jones: NFL Europe Diary Part III


*Jamal Jones is making the most of his European adventure, at least on the football field.

Through four games, the wide receiver is the leading pass-catcher for the Frankfurt Galaxy with 15 receptions for 218 yards, totals that place him fifth among the NFL Europe League leaders in both categories.

Despite his contributions on the field, his Galaxy have struggled thus far, winning only one game. The week, determined to turn things around, Jones and the Galaxy take on the 0-4 Rhein Fire.

The former North Carolina A&T wideout is joined in Frankfurt by three Packers teammates, defensive end and Seante Williams and a pair of fellow receivers, Sam Breeden and Kelvin Kight. Jones now continues with the third installment of his NFL Europe Diary:*

It's been kind of rough starting out 1-3 but we're still looking forward to finishing up strong. Right now we're turning all of our focus toward playing Rhein this weekend. Both teams are having tough seasons so I guess this game is for pride and to build momentum for the rest of the season.

I guess our main problem so far has been that we make a lot of mistakes, a lot of turnovers and penalties and we miss a lot of assignments. It's not just one person in particular, we just make too many mistakes as a group and you can't win games like that.

As for my performance on the field, I'm just trying to move the chains just trying to get open and make as many plays as I can during a game. Whether I have a big game, a decent game or a bad game, I'm still going to play my hardest and hopefully the stats will reflect how I play the game.

I feel like I've made a lot of progress since I started playing here in Europe, but I think I could be a little more consistent with my routes. I'm getting open a lot but my routes can still be a little sharper at times, especially going across the middle. I'm getting a little better with reading defenses and getting into the open zone, too. I feel like I can still improve but at the same time I think I'm making good progress.

I know that eventually the coaches in Green Bay will be looking at tape and they'll see what I've been doing. My main goal is to make sure that I'm consistent. I don't really want to worry about what's going to happen down the line, but I want to stay focused on what's going on now.

I haven't had that breakout game just yet. I haven't gotten to the point where I've gotten 8 catches for 150 or 200 yards. That's the kind of game that I'm looking for, but unfortunately, the way that the team has been going and the way the season has been going it just hasn't worked out that way. But at the same time I want to win games. You may not always get all the catches you want or all the yards you want, but you at least want to win. That's the bottom line.

Outside of football, I really haven't had a chance to get out that much. We've been on a couple of tours of the city and been out to talk to fans and sign autographs

It's always fun going to away games because we always see some of the historical sites. One of the best so far has been the Berlin Wall. It was a good experience to see in person something with that much history behind it. You see it on TV but to see it in person is a different thing.

As for the food, I'm finally getting used to the food. It's a different flavor but when you're hungry, you'll eat just about anything. When it comes down to it, if I have to I'll just eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

This weekend's Rhein Fire-Frankfurt Galaxy game will be televised live in the U.S. on NFL Network, Saturday at 12:00 p.m. (CDT). The game will also be re-aired on NFL Network Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (CDT). Make sure to check out Jamal and his Packers teammates. Jones' NFL Europe Diary will continue throughout the season on Packers.com.

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