Titans Insider Offers Insight On Bucs WR Jones

Tennessee Titans insider Terry McCormick spoke to Pewter Report again in Could once we hinted that the Bucs had been excited about presumably signing huge receiver Julio Jones. McCormick, who has lined the Titans since 1997 for Titans Insider, mentioned Jones’ lone season in Tennessee and what he might supply the Buccaneers.

“At this stage, he’s in all probability a task participant – a No. 2 or 3 receiver,” McCormick mentioned. “He can nonetheless catch the ball in visitors and even make the spectacular catch. He’s not as quick anymore, so the YAC (yards after catch) may not be there. The most important challenge with Jones now’s his well being. His hamstring has plagued him for 2 years now. In a restricted position, he might be efficient, however I wouldn’t count on a 70-catch season from him simply due to damage points.”

Jones, who will put on No. 85 with the Bucs, joins a Tampa Bay receiving corps that already options three starters. Professional Bowlers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and newly signed Russell Gage high the depth chart. Gage and Jones performed collectively in Atlanta. Jones will doubtless assume the fourth receiver position on the depth chart.

Bucs WR Julio Jones – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

Final yr, the Titans traded a 2022 second-round choose and a 2023 fourth-rounder to the Falcons for Jones and a sixth-round choose in 2021. Sadly for Tennessee, the transfer didn’t pan out. Jones had hamstring points in his last season in Atlanta that allowed him to solely play in 9 video games. Jones re-injured his hamstring in Tennessee, limiting him to 10 video games. He caught 31 catches on 48 targets for 434 yards (14 avg.) and one landing.

The Titans reduce Jones this offseason to create $9.5 million price of cap house. On Wednesday the Bucs signed Jones to a one-year deal price $6 million in base wage. He can earn as much as $2 million in bonus cash, by means of unlikely to be earned incentives.

With Godwin not practising at first of coaching camp, the Bucs want a couple of our bodies practising inside within the slot. Jones has the power to play in and out. And at 6-foot-3, 220 kilos, he has sufficient measurement to be an efficient blocker.

“He might do some issues within the slot in addition to exterior,” McCormick mentioned. “His route operating was adequate for the slot, in addition to exterior. For little bursts, he was excellent and nonetheless explosive, however simply couldn’t do it as persistently as they wanted him to for the cash they had been paying. Titans by no means complained about him as a run blocker. He did okay at it, however A.J. Brown and Nick Westbrook had been each higher at run blocking than Julio was.”