Buccaneers give Tom Brady one other weapon in Julio Jones

Don’t count Julio Jones out yet.

Don’t depend Julio Jones out but.
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Julio Jones is becoming a member of forces with Tom Brady.

Three years in the past, this might’ve despatched the NFL world right into a tizzy. Buses can be getting flipped within the streets. Falcons’ jerseys would’ve been burned in trash cans. It might’ve been chaos. But, in 2022, this signing is being met with a convincing “meh.”

Who cares? Julio’s washed, proper?

I imply, the highest remark beneath Adam Schefter’s publish was this:

Properly, I’m not going to take the Julio slander sitting down. Sure, Julio wasn’t the identical Quintorris we noticed dominate the 2010s, however when he was wholesome final 12 months he confirmed some flashes. And if there’s anybody within the league who is aware of a factor or two about well being, it’s the seemingly ageless Brady.

Jones battled accidents all 12 months, and was consistently in a state of “coming back from the IL.” The worst of it got here in Weeks 14-16, when Julio got here again from harm for the third time that 12 months and recorded an astoundingly low 5 receptions for 40 yards. He barely performed, and when he did take the sector, you may inform how hobbled he was. In the event you take these three video games away, Jones had only one recreation with a PFF passing grade beneath 65. In actual fact, of the 105 certified receivers final season, Jones would’ve ranked thirteenth in PFF grade with out these three video games. He would’ve ranked eleventh in yards per route run at 2.22. That’s greater than Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, Mike Evans, and Diontae Johnson.

Julio isn’t what he was, but when he can keep wholesome, he’ll be a greater than serviceable No. 2 possibility till Chris Godwin returns. To not point out, that is Julio’s return to a pass-heavy offense. Brady likes to unfold the ball round and in case you assume for a second that Jones gained’t get checked out, I’ve a tough time believing it when even somebody with just a few expertise as Scotty Miller had a number of video games with over 80 receiving yards for the Bucs in 2020. Jones could not get the identical separation or win as many leap balls as he used to, however he’s nonetheless, on the very very least, akin to Russell Gage and Miller, every of whom has had huge moments the previous couple of years.

Even Vegas considers this transfer a game-changer for the Bucs. Not an enormous one, however nonetheless.

+750 to +700. It’s one thing, and if Vegas thinks Jones is sufficient to push the Bucs ahead, so ought to everyone else.

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