REPORT: Julio Jones Looking Dominant For Buccaneers

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NFL Analysis Network

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a splash signing recently when they brought in veteran wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones is another big name added to the roster, but he has struggled the last few seasons as he has battled hamstring injuries.

In 2020, his last season with the Atlanta Falcons, Jones played in only nine games. He caught 51 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns. His numbers went down even more in 2021 with the Tennessee Titans. 

They are a run-first team and in 10 games Jones put up career-low numbers across the board. He caught only 31 passes for 434 yards and one touchdown. The 43.4 yards per game were a career worst by 30.4 yards.

There have been some questions about how much Jones has left in the tank. The Buccaneers are certainly hoping he has something to give, as he will likely open the season up as their No. 3 receiver as long as Mike Evans is healthy.

According to a Buccaneers’ source that talked to Jeff Darlington of ESPN, Jones is not only looking healthy, but he is dominating at camp and looking like he did in 2019. In that season Jones caught 99 passes for 1,394 yards and six touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl and All-Pro second-team nod.

That should probably be taken with a grain of salt since it is coming from a Buccaneers’ source. Alas, the injuries that Jones suffered were soft tissue ones. If he has returned to health and has his speed back, he could present major issues for opposing teams.

If he can regain anything close to the form he had in 2019, the Tampa Bay offense is going to be impossible to slow down as Jones could very well be the fourth option by the time the playoffs roll around. By that time, Chris Godwin should be back in the lineup and the team also signed Russell Gage Jr. in free agency to bolster their receiver corps.