“We’ve Got To Replace Gronk’s Catches” – Pewter Report

Information broke on Tuesday with a report that veteran extensive receiver Julio Jones becoming a member of the Bucs. The signing grew to become official on Wednesday morning when Jones arrived at AdventHealth Coaching Middle to ink the deal. Whereas he didn’t observe, he did make an look through the workforce’s press convention session and defined why he selected the Bucs.

“It is a nice alternative for me to be aside of one thing particular within the Buccaneer household, and I’m simply wanting ahead to attending to work,” Jones mentioned.

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles defined the reasoning behind signing Jones on the primary day of coaching camp.

“Should you have a look at least 12 months we acquired beat up fairly good within the extensive receiver room, and we type of limped to the end line on the finish,” Bowles mentioned. “Should you wait till midseason you aren’t going to get a superb soccer participant. You’re going to be grabbing guys. Jason [Licht] could be very sensible, and we wished to do the sensible factor and attempt to get a number of depth now, so we don’t should stumble or hit a rock on the way in which to attempting to win some ball video games. We’ve folks that may step in that know the best way to play.”

Jones was requested when he began serious about Tampa Bay as a vacation spot after he was launched by Tennessee. He defined they have been a possible touchdown spot all alongside. Jones mentioned he had mentioned different choices together with his agent, however he informed him that he wished to play in Tampa Bay.

Former Falcons WR Julio Jones – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Simply being with a Corridor of Fame quarterback right here, the teaching employees right here,” Jones mentioned. “I’m from Alabama, I performed in Georgia [with the Falcons] so it’s proper right here. My household can come see me and it’s not out of the way in which.”

Jones isn’t precisely positive what his position with the Bucs shall be by way of what receiver spot he shall be taking part in. However he’s excited to get to work and assist the workforce in anyway he can.

“Simply being able to return down right here and simply work,” Jones mentioned. “To deliver what I can to the workforce, no matter I can to the workforce. To assist, whether or not it’s to mentor, my play fashion, regardless of the case could also be. Simply come out right here and work on a regular basis and attempt to get higher.”

Whereas Jones nonetheless has to take his bodily, he might observe with the workforce as early as Thursday morning. Jones did affirm that he’s one hundred pc wholesome after coping with hamstring accidents in every of the previous two seasons.

“I’m wholesome,” Jones mentioned. “I’m one hundred pc wholesome. I don’t have any points lingering or holding me again or something like that.”

Bowles believes the 33-year outdated Jones nonetheless has a number of soccer left in him.

“He’s nonetheless a superb soccer participant,” Bowles mentioned. “We’ve acquired to interchange Gronk’s catches. We acquired an additional weapon, particularly within the purple zone and we’re going to place him to make use of. It provides us an opportunity to be extra artistic with among the issues we do. We’re comfortable to have him.”

So far as what jersey quantity Jones shall be sporting, the seven-time Professional Bowler mentioned he’ll see what the Bucs have obtainable and made it clear the quantity he wears doesn’t outline him. Jones wore 11 in Atlanta and a couple of in Tennessee final 12 months. Backup quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask put on No. 11 and No. 2, respectively.

“I make the quantity, the quantity doesn’t make me,” Jones mentioned.