Julio Jones

Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #11
Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #11
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Julio Jones News

Officially released

The Titans released Jones on Thursday, ji reports.

Analysis: The news was reported Wednesday and made official Thursday morning. It frees up around $9.5 million in cap space for the Titans, while Jones becomes an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. The 33-year-old wideout showed a few flashes of his peak form last season, but hamstring injuries defined his year as he missed seven full games and parts of many others. Jones also missed seven games his final year in Atlanta, though he at least averaged 85.7 receiving yards per contest, whereas last year season he sunk to 43.4. A number of teams figure to show interest in Jones in the coming days/weeks, albeit at a much lower price than what he's accustomed to earning. He did close out 2021 with a pair of relatively healthy performances, with a 5-58-1 receiving line Week 18 and a 6-62-0 line in the playoff loss to Cincinnati.

Mar 17, 2022 8:36 AM EST

Set to be released

The Titans are slated to release Jones, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The report notes that the veteran wideout will be released with a post-June 1 designation. In his lone season with the Titans, the 33-year-old caught 31 passes (on 48 targets) for 434 yards and a TD in 10 games. Per John Glennon of SI.com, the move frees up $9.5 million in salary-cap space for Tennessee.

Mar 16, 2022 1:13 PM EST

Tallies six catches

Jones recorded six catches on seven targets for 62 yards in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Jones led the Titans with six receptions, though he worked almost exclusively in short areas of the field. That resulted in a modest yardage total, with his longest gain going for 16 yards. Even so, Jones matched his highest reception total in any game during his first campaign in Tennessee. He was hampered by a hamstring injury throughout the season, which limited him to only 31 catches, 434 yards and a touchdown across 10 contests -- by far the worst statistical output of his career. The Titans could move on from Jones this offseason, but $13.2 million in dead cap and a lack of proven pass catchers aside from A.J. Brown make it likely that Jones will have the chance to bounce back with Tennessee in 2022.

Jan 22, 2022 7:16 PM EST

Shows up for regular season finale

Jones recorded five receptions on nine targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-25 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Jones was forced to miss the Titans' Week 17 game against the Dolphins while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which may have also given him some needed time to let his hamstring heal. He turned in the best performance of his opening season in Tennessee on Sunday against the Texans, highlighted by a three-yard touchdown reception midway through the fourth quarter. Entering Week 18, Jones had surpassed five targets only once since Week 3 and had failed to reach 50 receiving yards in each of his last five appearances. He could put the disappointing campaign behind him if he can be impactful during the Titans' upcoming playoff run.

Jan 9, 2022 4:00 PM EST

Turns in full practice

Jones (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: If there was a bright side to Jones sitting out the Titans' Week 17 win over the Dolphins after testing positive for the COVID-19, it's that his quarantine period provided him some time to heal up from the hamstring injury that has bothered him off and on throughout the season. Jones' participation was limited in his return to the field Wednesday, but his return to full activity Thursday -- typically the most rigorous practice session for teams most weeks -- suggests the Titans have no reservations of his health. Ideally, the Titans will come out of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Texans with all of their key players healthy, but since Tennessee can secure the AFC's No. 1 seed with a win, Jones shouldn't face any playing-time restrictions while the outcome of the game is still in question.

Jan 6, 2022 1:42 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

Jones (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones missed Week 17 on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but it'll be back to the usual this week with his availability depending on the hamstring. He may suit up even if he's well south of 100 percent, given that the Titans earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a victory over Houston on Sunday.

Jan 5, 2022 1:56 PM EST

Returns from COVID-19 list

Tennessee activated Jones (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones' first six absences of the season had been the result of a hamstring injury and associated setbacks, but he sat out for a seventh time in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Dolphins after testing positive for the virus one week ago. Now that he's been restored to the roster, Jones should be in store for a normal week of practice while making his return to the lineup in the Titans' Jan. 9 regular-season finale in Houston.

Jan 3, 2022 1:34 PM EST

Not activated for Week 17

Jones (illness) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins, per Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site.

Analysis: Jones wasn't among the team's Saturday activations in advance of Week 17 action and until he's able to clear the NFL's COVID protocols, A.J. Brown will continue to lead the Titans' wide receiver corps, with Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Chester Rogers also in the mix for added snaps.

Jan 1, 2022 1:35 PM EST

Lands on COVID list

Jones has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Titans.

Analysis: Fellow wideout Nick Westbrook-Ikhine also landed on the list Monday and until one or both are able to clear COVID protocols, A.J. Brown and Chester Rogers profile as the Titans' top available options at the position.

Dec 27, 2021 1:25 PM EST

Only targeted once

Jones recorded one reception on one target for seven yards in Thursday's 20-17 win over San Francisco.

Analysis: Jones was surprisingly available for Thursday's game after suffering a hamstring injury in Tennessee's Week 15 loss to Pittsburgh. However, he was limited to only half of the team's offensive snaps and was relegated to a minor role with A.J. Brown (chest) back to dominate targets. Jones has had a disappointing season that has been interrupted by injuries, though even when he's been able to suit up the results have been subpar. In nine games, he's surpassed five receptions only once and has only five catches combined across his last three appearances.

Dec 24, 2021 6:57 AM EST

Cleared to play Thursday

Jones (hamstring) doesn't have an injury designation for Thursday's game against San Francisco, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: This comes as a surprise, considering Jones was unable to finish out Sunday's loss to the Steelers and was said to be headed for a game-time decision Thursday night. It turns out he'll suit up, though fantasy managers know by now that Jones isn't quite his old self and comes with heightened risk of an in-game injury. Meanwhile, running mate A.J. Brown (IR/chest) is trending in the right direction for Thursday night, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Dec 22, 2021 1:17 PM EST

Likely a game-time decision

Coach Mike Vrabel relayed Tuesday that Jones will likely be a game-time decision for Thursday against the 49ers, John Glennon of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Jones was unable to haul in his lone target and logged just 26 snaps in Sunday's game versus the Steelers before departing with a hamstring issue that cost him the remainder of the game. With the Colts bearing down on the Titans in the AFC South, the coaching staff would likely aim to have Jones part of the fold Thursday if possible, but the veteran wideout doesn't figure to be pushed into action if he's not near 100 percent given the laundry list of injuries on his resume. We may not receive confirmation of his status until inactives are released Thursday.

Dec 21, 2021 11:23 AM EST

No activity at walkthrough

Jones (hamstring) didn't take part in Monday's walkthrough, John Glennon of SI.com reports.

Analysis: In his second game this past Sunday in Pittsburgh since missing the previous three due to a hamstring issue, Jones again was forced out after 26 offensive snaps and one target, which he didn't haul in. He may be hard-pressed to play on a short week of prep with a Thursday matchup against the Cardinals on tap. Still, Jones will have two more opportunities to get on the practice field and potentially put himself in a position to suit up Week 16.

Dec 20, 2021 4:22 PM EST

Won't return Sunday

Jones won't return to Sunday's game against the Steelers due to a hamstring injury, Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com reports.

Analysis: Jones caught four passes for 33 yards in his return from injured reserve last week against the Jaguars, but he appears to have aggravated the hamstring injury versus the Steelers. The 32-year-old failed to catch his lone target Sunday before exiting the contest, leaving Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Chester Rogers to operate as Tennessee's top wideouts.

Dec 19, 2021 11:58 AM EST

Targeted six times in return

Jones recorded four receptions on six targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 20-0 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Jones took the field for the first time since Week 9 and managed his highest target total since Week 3. The majority of his production came in the first half and was highlighted by gains of 16 and 12 yards. A.J. Brown (chest) is not eligible to return from injured reserve until Week 16, so Jones should have the chance to serve as Tennessee's top wideout again in what projects to be a more competitive matchup in Week 15 against Pittsburgh.

Dec 12, 2021 4:15 PM EST

Officially off IR

Jones (hamstring) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It was reported earlier in the day Jones would be activated off injured reserve and the Titans made it official later Saturday. The 32-year-old has not played since Week 9, but with A.J. Brown (chest) still on injured reserve, expect the veteran wide receiver to be a critical factor in what figures to be a solid matchup against the Jaguars.

Dec 11, 2021 2:34 PM EST

Likely coming off IR

Jones (hamstring) is expected to be activated off injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Titans have until 4 pm ET to officially activate Jones, but it sure seems as if the veteran wide receiver will have a minimum three-game stay on injured reserve. It's worth pointing out Jones hasn't actually played since Week 9 as the Titans attempted to navigate a fine line between giving the 32-year-old rest and outright removing him from the equation by placing him on injured reserve, but a Week 10 setback forced the team's hand. Expect Jones to take over as the obvious No. 1 target with Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Chester Rogers also mixing into the equation.

Dec 11, 2021 10:07 AM EST

Practices Wednesday

Jones (hamstring) participated in Wednesday's practice, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones was designated for return from IR on Monday, which opened a 21-day window for him to practice with the team before a call is made on whether to restore him to the active roster. However, the wideout's participation in Wednesday's session suggests that he could be back in action as soon as Sunday against the Jaguars. Jones, who last suited up in Week 9, has caught 21 of his 31 targets for 336 yards in six games to date. If he does return the Titans' lineup versus Jacksonville, he's destined to serve as the team's clear-cut top pass catcher, with A.J. Brown (chest) currently on IR through.

Dec 8, 2021 1:01 PM EST

Designated for return

The Titans have designated Jones (hamstring) to return from IR, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Jones' 21-day window for evaluation will begin as a result of this transaction. The veteran wideout hasn't suited up since Week 9 due to a lingering hamstring injury, but the Titans can now bring him back to the active roster to retake the field as early as Sunday's upcoming matchup against the Jaguars. With A.J. Brown (chest) having hit IR late November, with an earliest possible return date of Week 15 versus Pittsburgh, a return by Jones would provide a substantial boost for Ryan Tannehill and Tennessee's offense.

Dec 6, 2021 9:21 AM EST

Put on IR

Jones (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports..

Analysis: Jones was a late addition to this week's practice report with yet another instance of a lingering hamstring issue, prompting the Titans to put the veteran wide receiver on injured reserve. The move will keep Jones out for at least the next three weeks with the earliest possible return date coming Week 14 against the Jaguars. A.J. Brown will likely be expected to shoulder more targets, but expect to see Chester Rogers and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine pick up more snaps.

Nov 13, 2021 1:41 PM EST

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