The Steelers have released Jones, ESPN.com reports. Three fumbles on 15 returns for the Steelers, one for a turnover, led to his release, though we suppose that Jones could still catch on elsewhere as a depth wideout/return option for a playoff-bound team.
Jones has been removed as the Steelers' primary return man, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Jones entered Sunday's game against the Colts as both the Steelers' kick returner and punt returner, but he lost both jobs after fumbling twice in the contest. With Jones demoted, Antonio Brown will be the Steelers' punt returner, and Markus Wheaton will handle kickoff returns.
Jones was benched after fumbling two first-half kick returns in Pittsburgh's win over Indianapolis on Sunday. Signed last month off waivers from San Diego, Jones finished with just 19 total return yards and one lost fumble. In four game with the Steelers, Jones has averaged 24.4 yards per kick return and 3.2 yards per punt return. His roster spot may be in jeopardy, especially after Antonio Brown, who took over for Jones, returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown.
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.
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