NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans broad receiver Julio Jones has already made a constructive first impression along with his new group.
Jones averaged 9.85 targets per sport over the 134 begins he made for the Atlanta Falcons. It is extremely unlikely that he’ll see the identical quantity of passes come his means with the Titans, however that does not trouble him.
“On the finish of the day, you wish to create a successful tradition. Nonetheless it’s worthwhile to do it, it’s important to get the job completed. My entire profession, I’ve by no means been a stat man. I am a group man. No matter they want from me I’ll do, and I’ll get pleasure from taking part in my position at a excessive degree,” Jones mentioned on his first Zoom information convention with the media.
Though he has “by no means been a stat man,” Jones has posted some eye-popping numbers over his 10-year profession. Jones’ profession totals of 848 receptions, 12,896 yards and 60 touchdowns are already Corridor of Fame-worthy.
Coming to the Titans is probably going to offer Jones a chance so as to add to his three profession 100-plus-reception seasons. Nevertheless it additionally will give him an opportunity to win. That was the first promoting level basic supervisor Jon Robinson used when he spoke with Jones concerning the adjustment to Tennessee’s scheme, which revolves round All-Professional working again Derrick Henry.
“In my dialogue with Julio, his No. 1 aim wasn’t about targets. His aim is to win, whether or not it takes 9 targets, two targets or none. That is the mindset that he has and the mindset that we would like right here,” Robinson mentioned.
Added coach Mike Vrabel, “We’ve expectations right here, and we will deal with any participant the identical means they deal with the group. That is no completely different for Julio or for Racey McMath. That is what we imagine in. We attempt to make our expectations right here clear and be direct with the gamers and get them to grasp the way in which that we do issues.”
Henry is an enormous a part of the offense, and that is not going to alter, in response to Robinson. The 6-foot-3, 247-pound again has carried the soccer an NFL-high 381 occasions over the previous two seasons. Consequently, the Titans have confronted eight-man fronts on 23% of their snaps, in response to ESPN Stats & Info information. That is extra typically than another group within the league.
The give attention to stopping the dashing assault will give the Titans’ receivers extra alternatives to face single protection. Henry rushed for two,027 yards final yr. But A.J. Brown completed with 1,075 receiving yards and Corey Davis checked in with 984 yards.
Inserting Jones into the lineup provides Tennessee a extra threatening game-changer alongside Brown within the passing sport. Jones mentioned groups must “choose their poison” when attempting to defend the Titans’ offense. Asking defensive backs to cowl Jones or Brown with none assistance is a tall order.
Though Jones is 32 years outdated and coming off of an harm, he has a particular message for individuals who are doubting him.
“Keep tuned,” he mentioned.