Bucs Sign Seven-Time Pro Bowl WR

On the eve of their first coaching camp follow of 2022, the Bucs are signing veteran broad receiver Julio Jones to a one-year deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday afternoon.

The seven-time Professional Bowl choice has beforehand performed for Atlanta and Tennessee. He brings Corridor of Fame credentials to an already-talented broad receiver room.

The Falcons’ No. 6 general choose in 2011, Jones has 879 profession receptions for 13,330 yards and 61 touchdowns in 11 seasons. Little or no of that manufacturing has come over the previous two seasons, although. The proficient receiver has handled hamstring points which have restricted his availability and manufacturing. Between 2020 and 2021, Jones racked up 82 catches for 1,205 yards and 4 touchdowns whereas lacking 14 video games.

This signing will assist present depth at a essential place group. The receiver group is among the keys to creating the Bucs offense go, and depth was examined final 12 months. Whereas Jones can now not be a real No. 1 X receiver, he can bolster the Bucs’ receiving corps. For a Bucs Monday Mailbag earlier this offseason, Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds requested Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com to evaluate Jones at this level in his profession.

“At this stage, he’s most likely a job participant – a No. 2 or No. 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) won’t be there. The most important concern with Jones now’s his well being. His hamstring has plagued him for 2 years now. In a restricted function, he could be efficient, however I wouldn’t anticipate a 70-catch season from him simply due to harm points.”

That matches completely for a Bucs staff that already has two established elite receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Jones, paired with fellow former Falcon Russell Gage, gives depth and insurance coverage. The competitors for the remaining depth receiver roles now turns into even fiercer. Scotty Miller, Cyril Grayson Jr., Breshad Perriman, Jaelon Darden, Tyler Johnson, Deven Thompkins and Jerreth Sterns now have one fewer spot to compete for.

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