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Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

Posted on: March 16, 2009 11:35 am
 

 

 The Jacksonville Jaguars released receiver Matt Jones Monday after he spent a week in jail for violating the terms of his probation from a previous arrest for cocaine possession.

But Jones was released for an even bigger crime that any of that. His crime?

He didn't care.

Jones is one of the many players to come into the NFL who simply don't care about their job. It wasn't important to him. If he played, fine. If he didn't, fine.

There was no want to be great. Some said it was his laid-back, Arkansas way. I saw it differently. And I like Jones. He's not a bad kid. But if he cared, he might still be on the Jaguars roster, despite the off-the-field troubles.

I give new general manager Gene Smith credit. He wants character people in his locker room. So far, he's let three players with questionable character go.The first two were free-agent busts Jerry Porter and Drayton Florence, both signed last year and then released this year, and now Jones.

"We want responsibility and accountability, and those are two important qualities as we continue the process of building this team," Smith said.

Jones was the leading receiver for the Jaguars last season, catching 65 passes for 761 yards and two touchdowns. But he was far from being a No. 1 receiver. It was his job by default.

With Jones gone, the Jaguars are left with Dennis Northcutt, Mike Walker and some unproven talent. It could force them to pick a receiver in the first round of the draft with the No. 8 overall pick. Then again, judging by the track record they've had with first-round receivers in recent years -- Jones and Reggie Williams -- that might be pushing it.

One thing's for certain: The player they do take with the eighth pick will care about his job. There will be a passion there.

That's something Jones never had -- and it may have cost him more than his arrests.

 

Category: NFL
Tags: Matt Jones
 
Comments

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2009 9:46 am
 

Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

Maybe some day he will become an adult when he runs out of money to buy his drugs and can't get a job.  I have no pity for people who have all the talent in the world and take it for granted.  Hope he likes using food stamps because that's where he's headed.  No team is going to seriously touch him with his history especially considering the economy.

 

 




Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2009 12:28 am
 

Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

You are not that blind are? He makes poor decisions regarding his job? really? so being busted in a car with a pile of coke is just job related? come on man get real

 

 




Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2009 6:51 pm
 

Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

 I've met Matt in person and he isn't bad. He just makes poor decisions regarding his job.




Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2009 5:04 pm
 

Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

These guys aren't subject to our economy woes...They make millions of dollars and get everything given to them for free.  I think he will be just fine on his yacht, sitting this year out, and will still get a free dinner nightly at any restaurant in Arkansas.  It's a shame he doesn't have more Pride, but he isn't going to the poorhouse just yet.

 

 




Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2009 1:41 pm
 

Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

Matt Jones received every chance imaginable. He got a chance to change positions. He was allowed to stay on the roster. He was allowed to stay on the roster after several arrests for drugs. Potential unfulfilled is very sad but few ever reach his level. Sometimes you have to lose something in order to appreciate it. Hopefully, he will get his life back on track and stay in the league.

P.S. With this economy players should be on their best behavior: Look at Pacman, Plaxico, now Matt Jones. 




Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2009 12:17 pm
 

Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

I would not be surprised to see Matt Jones out of a job for quite some time.  It seems that NFL squads, even the Cowboys of late, are getting fed up with players with off-the-field issues.  In Jones' case, he is not even a top player, so I suspect that teams will really give him the cold shoulder.  I am not that familiar with Jones, but could he serve as an H-Back, similar to the role Chris Cooley plays for the Redskins?  Even if he could, it is going to take a lot on Jones' part to convince an NFL team's brass that he is deserving of a second chance.   




Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2009 12:14 pm
 

Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

He's not a bad kid??? Right! lmao




Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2009 11:50 am
 

Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

It's about time.

 

 




Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2009 11:49 am
 

Cutting Jones right move by Jaguars

As a Jags fan, I'm glad to see Jones gone.  He dogged it on our roster for too long.  Even in several interviews, he flat out said basketball was his true love.  Why would we pay a guy like that millions of dollars?  I love what Gene Smith has done so far.

 

 



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