The Steelers have claimed Jones on waivers from the Chargers. While Jones seems unlikely to make a big impact in the Steelers' passing game, his addition will bolster the team's punt and kick return units.
The Chargers released Jones on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After agreeing to a two-year deal at the outset of free agency in March, the Jacoby-Jones-in-San-Diego experiment didn't go as planned, to say the least. While failing to be targeted even once, his handful of excursions as a returner yielded few positive results (five punt returns for minus-four yards, but nine kick returns for 193 yards). With Jones out of the picture, the Chargers could turn to Javontee Herndon in the return game.
Through the first half of the season, Jones has failed to breathe any life into the Chargers return game, which is historically bad at this stage, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Jones returned one punt on Sunday at Baltimore, and he collided with a teammate for a 2-yard loss. The Chargers unbelievably have just one punt-return yard this season through eight games. That trails only the 1972 Patriots for the worst in NFL history after half of a season. In fairness to Jones, he has dealt with an ankle injury for better part of this season, but he was brought in on a two-year $5.5 million contract specifically to address San Diego's woeful return game, and he has quite obviously not done the job. With eight games to go, and the Chargers season pretty much over at 2-6, it seems unlikely that Jones will make it to the second year of that deal.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Steelers. His return arrives at a good time for the Chargers, with fellow wideout Stevie Johnson out Monday, though Jones is likely to make most of his initial impact in the team's return game.
Chargers wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Steelers. Jones has not played since injuring his ankle in Week 1, but he will have a chance to return to action Monday after getting in some work at practice during the week. If Jones plays he figures to work as either the Chargers' third or fourth receiver with Steve Johnson (hamstring) sidelined.
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