I got a call from my dad today, who isn't quite as rabid of a football fanatic as me, but my whole family bleeds football when the fall comes around. Well he read about Matt Jones in the papers today, and apparently what he read was similar to <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?...">this ESPN.com article.</a>
Jones put on a show in the first day of minicamp workouts. The fans that were at the workouts have posted even more enthusiastic messages at the Jag-related message boards of the web. Jones caught every pass that came his way, and smoked one of our cornerbacks in drills. Jones showing good hands early is important to ease concerns about his pass-catching ability, because he didn't play the position in college. But execs at the Senior Bowl say he only missed one catch in the entire week of Senior Bowl workouts, and he appears to be catching everything in sight so far in J'ville too. After watching Reggie Williams struggle with holding onto the ball last year, it's encouraging to see early signs of good hands from such a raw prospect.
What I find most interesting is how the Matt Jones story is going well beyond just the Jaguars fanbase. Hopefully with some more success, the Jags can stop being stiffed on prime-time scheduling.
Yep, hopefully this will continue to be a good story.
Being from Florida and being a fan of the ""three"" (Miami, J-ville, and Tampa) I was pleased as punch with J-villes selection. My parents live in the St.Augustine area just south of J-ville, but I am the real sports fan in the family. I had quietly hoped he might make it to my beloved Fins, but I knew he wouldnt. Matt Jones is a great story and the buzz is understandable although it reminds me of the ""buzz"" of the Slash (QB whose name escapes me at the moment) who went to Pittsburgh out of Colorado and I certainly hope Matt Jones has greater success. Jones seems like phenomenal athlete and a genuinely nice guy and J-ville certainly needs some hands.
The difference was ''slash'' wanted to be an NFl QB when he would have been a much more servicable WR.
I realize the diff :), I just find the buzz very, very similar and frankly I believe Jones is by far the superior overall athlete and probably even a better QB from the get go. I simply dont want him to go the way of Kordell Stewart, but I dont expect him to...
You get to cheer for three teams? No fair! I''ve only got my Saints... and my wife''s Falcons. And the Ravens b/c they''re my video football team. Oh, and the Titans because most everyone who lives in Birmingham would rather cheer for the Titans than the Falcons (Birmingham has a bit of a complex about Atlanta).
Eh, not really. Not since I''ve left Birmingham, anyway. Mostly I needed another team to push be over three.
Ultimately, I''m pretty much an NFC kinda guy. No doubt it''s because I grew up watching the division with the 49ers, Rams, Saints, and Falcons, who, at various points, played a decent brand of football. And of course, since the realignment, it''s been Saints, Panthers, Buccaneers, and Falcons, and, if you check the NFC championship game for the last 3 years (and 5 of the last 7; 6 of the last 9; but those numbers include 2002 divisional pre-realignment games), you may notice something in common - that''s right, none of them can beat Philadelphia.
I have beer, will you be friend?
Edit: While trying to make sure I had my date correct on the realignment, I found this memo. It''s moderately amusing... for 1am anyway.
I''m very focused on the AFC, NFC teams are of little consequence to me.
Given the current state of the NFL, that''s not such a bad thing. Here''s hoping the parity fairy will swing things the other way.
and, if you check the NFC championship game for the last 3 years (and 5 of the last 7; 6 of the last 9; but those numbers include 2002 divisional pre-realignment games), you may notice something in common - that''s right, none of them can beat Philadelphia.
Er, the Bucs beat them a few years ago on their path to Superbowl glory.
True, but I was focusing on the last 3 years. The parenthetical clause indicated a comment tangental to the core concept of the statement. Of course, my final clause was meant to be tongue-in-cheek and the true intent was to show that an NFC South team has been in the championship game each of the las 3 years. I guess that means this is the Saints'' break-out year (yeah, right).
I am not knocking Jones - just pointing to the buzz that seems Slash like. I am actually probably higher on Jones and the Jags now then is really realistic. He is one player and we havent seen him play receiver/TE in pads, making cuts or catching passes with a CB in his biscuits and a Safety inbound with murder on his mind. That being said I have a gut feeling he is the real deal and will make a lot of Jag fans happy. I wonder though if he shouldnt pack on 10 pounds and line up as a TE vice slot receiver.
Hines Ward might not be the best example. Although he did play QB in high school he only started at QB at UGA a few time, due to injuries to the Starting and backup QB (though he did do well) He spent most of his time in College at WR, so had a good deal more exp at the position when coming into NFL than Jones will. Still the Jags might have picked themselves up a budding superstar.
Career College stats for Ward (the real slash):
1,063 career rushing yards, 1,965 receiving yards, 918 passing yards and 842 return yards.
I must do it:
""Who is Matt Jones?""
I watched Matt Jones in person several times when he played UT during his college career. He is a special player and is so deceptively fast it will shock you. As a receiver, he should do well but not be pro bowl material anytime soon, if ever.
Ok someone needs to tell him to stretch - he is one of like 5 rooks who are all down to pulled muscles after the first mini-camp.
""You know, it''s funny,"" one AFC head coach told me last week. ""We asked [Jones] about putting on some weight and playing tight end, and he made it clear that he thought it was foolish. He said, ''So you want me to put on 20 pounds and be a 4.57 guy instead of a 4.37 guy?'' When you put that into context, you have to admit he makes sense. Match up a 6-6 guy who is that fast and athletic with great hands on any corner – even the tall ones – and how do you stop him?""
Well he is smart too apparently - I bow to Matt''s superior knowledge about himself :).
I got a hal baked injury report when it first happened and I almost cried. It said Matt Jones - injured - may miss... I then read on and it said part of the mini camp, but my eyes read season and I had to sit down.
Yeah once I see him play in pads and see how he does covered by pros bent on introducing him to the turf I will be happier and more confident. Even just as a deception or a ""What if?"" in the coaches minds he is a value.
I know in Jacksonville, Marcellus Wiley tweaked his hammie on the same day as Jones.
You should hope Wiley''s hammie stays pulled and he gets cut come June. It isn''t a coincidence that the Chargers went from 4-12 to 12-4 the year after Wiley was cut. The guy is a cancer who will give you almost no production from the defensive end position and will be the first to point the finger at someone else when the losing starts.
Here''s my beef with the whole Jones thing...
a) he''s from Arkansas...a telling thing indeed
b) a FIRST rounder on a project...just think they reached high for him...by about a full round. I guess they think he would have been snatched early 2nd round..so I understand...I''m just not convinced.
As to teams...
Dolphins are my love, Falcons are my 2 team (and NFC choice) - with my TN drivers license also comes a lifetime ''root for the titans'' subscription...so they jump in at #3.
I sort of like the pick; however, would JAX have done better by accepting the Philly trade and getting a few more picks? I wonder what they offered them?
I could see Philly doing this before Jax, in all honesty. They had so many picks and seem to have some roster stability (well, aside from all their hold-outs).
Here''s the ironic thing when it comes to the Jags draft. They were widely thought and mock drafted to be taking Washington OT Khalif Barnes with the #21 pick. Instead, they took Jones.... and then Barnes slid all the way down to their 2nd round pick.
I know...I was hoping the Ravens would be in a position to grab him.
The real Female Doggo will be if Mark Clayton turns into an All-Pro, though. :)