On paper, Julio Jones landing via trade with the Titans may seem like a bad fit for his Fantasy value, but ultimately the opposite could be true. For starters, Ryan Tannehill has been a more efficient deep-ball thrower and overall QB than Matt Ryan since he landed with the Titans. The Titans are also an excellent system fit for Jones, who should be able to eat up the intermediate areas of the field on in-breaking routes with second level defenders forced to account for Derrick Henry. Speaking of Henry, that's one more skill player defenses will have to account for other than Jones than they did in Atlanta. Of course, quelling some of that optimism is the fact that WRs changing teams do at times struggle to acclimate immediately, and he'll have to start a rapport with Tannehill from scratch -- replacing a 10-year connection he developed with Ryan. Jones is a high-floor No. 2 receiver worth a pick between 30th and 40th overall in 2021 drafts.
Jones (undisclosed) isn't practicing Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. Missing back-to-back practices after an early exit from Monday's session all but confirms Jones is dealing with an injury -- a common theme for the 32-year-old wideout in recent seasons. The Titans have been cautious with his practice workload this summer, but nagging lower-body injuries may just be part of the package with Jones at this point.
Jones isn't practicing Tuesday, Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com reports. Given that he left Monday's practice early, Jones likely is dealing with an injury, or at least some mild pain/discomfort. Coach Mike Vrabel said he isn't worried, but the Titans nonetheless figure to be cautious with the 32-year-old wideout.
Jones left Monday's practice early, but coach Mike Vrabel isn't worried, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. It isn't clear if Jones was dealing with pain/discomfort or simply having his reps managed by the training staff. He was a consistent presence on injury reports his last few years in Atlanta, but it wasn't until last season that he lost a six-year streak with 14 or more games and 1,394 or more receiving yards. The 32-year-old wideout figures to handle a light workload in training camp, even if Monday's early departure turns out to be nothing.
The Falcons traded Jones and a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Titans in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The deal was first reported by Dianna Russini of ESPN on Sunday, with the teams and Rapoport officially confirming the compensation. Jones' departure will free up 2021 cap space for the Falcons, as the Titans are expected to take on all of the receiver's $15.3 million salary. The Alabama product will add to a dynamic Tennessee offense that already features A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry.
Per Dianna Russini of ESPN, the Falcons are finalizing a trade to send Jones to the Titans. Per Russini, the trade is expected to be completed in the next 24 to 48 hours barring any setbacks, and the Falcons are expected to receive at least a 2022 second-round pick in the deal. Jones is set to add his big-play potential to a Tennessee offense that already features weapons such as Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown. Despite playing just nine games during the 2020 season, Jones recorded at least 80 catches and 1,300 yards in each of the previous six seasons dating back to 2014. The deal will free up $15.3 million in cap space for Atlanta for the 2021 campaign.
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|4||10/03||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|7||10/24||Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|9||11/07||@Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|10||11/14||New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|12||11/28||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|16||12/23||San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
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