Hard Pass On Julio Jones

Hard Pass On Julio Jones

It looks amazing.

I mean, Julio Jones is 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds. The 33-year-old has a catching radius larger than most living rooms.

Which is probably why the Packers are the favorite to land the free agent wideout according to Bookies.com.

It sounds fine and dandy, but Jones isn’t worth it. Jones has been in the twilight of his career — the last year he was targeted over 100 times was in 2019.

Look, I get why Green Bay is the favorite to land one of the most physically talented receivers I’ve ever seen. That position has a lot of question marks, especially as it searches for a dynamic weapon to move the football down the field.

Sure, at a glance, the numbers don’t look that bad. He has averaged 1,212 yards and 5.5 touchdowns in 11 seasons as a pro. He is 17th in all-time career yards, ahead of Hall of Famers Andre Reed (13,198), Steve Largent (13,089) and Art Monk (12,721).

But he has had an assortment of injuries the last two years. He has only played in a combined 19 games and tallied just 82 total receptions. He only had 31 last year and that was after starting 10 games.

We are three weeks away from training camp opening up and the fact that Julio Jones cannot latch onto a team is pretty telling. Jones is pretty much unguardable with that frame and his huge wingspan. However, opposing teams don’t have to worry that much if he never sees the field.

Jones has had hamstring issues dating back to Sept. 2020. Hamstring issues are some of the nastiest injuries because they never really go away, it always seems like it lurks in the weeds waiting to cause more unsuspecting problems.

And that is exactly the risk-reward that teams that the Packers, Colts and Cowboys need to weigh. Can Jones give a team 700 yards and five touchdowns? He sure can. The problem is, he can also play four games and total 200 yards.

Green Bay’s receiving corps is at a place right now where these guys are going to need reps. Sammy Watkins needs to play, Allen Lazard needs to play and Amari Rodgers needs to play. Is it really worth stunting their growth on a guy that may not play more than 50 percent of the season?

I don’t think so. Jones would likely be better off in a place that already has a clear No. 1 wideout. Places like Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Minnesota and the Rams. The expectations would be low to begin with, which would be beneficial to both the team and Jones, because he wouldn’t have to try and give more than he physically could.

I know everyone thinks that adding Jones would be a tremendous help, but it really wouldn’t. After Jones struggles this year, the younger wideouts would also be very frustrated at what their roles are supposed to be.

It sounds great on paper, but sometimes it’s just better to make a hard pass. And I don’t want a 33-year-old wideout with iffy hamstrings.

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