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Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign veteran WR Julio Jones to 1 - Year Deal
On Wednesday, July 27th, 2022 the top – notch veteran NFL wide receiver, Julio Jones, has a new place he can call home as Jones just signed a 1 – year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last Season for Julio Jones
The 7 - time NFL Pro Bowl selection gives the very - soon - to - be 45 - year - old Tom Brady another offensive weapon in Tampa Bay as Julio completely intends to bounce back from a down year with a decent football team in the Tennessee Titans throughout the previous 2021 - 2022 NFL season that showcased the Los Angeles Rams winning Super Bowl LVI over the Cincinnati Bengals with a final score of 23 - 20.
2021 - 2022 NFL Stats for Julio Jones
During his one and only season with the Tennessee Titans following his spectacular 10 - year run with the Atlanta Falcons, Jones racked up 31 - receptions, 434 - receiving yards, and only 1 - touchdown throughout the 10 - NFL games that Julio participated in for the Tennessee Titans. Jones averaged 14.0 yards per reception during the past 2021 - 2022 season of the National Football League.
What a Nice Pair
Julio Jones leads the National Football League in total receiving yards since the year of 2014, and Mike Evans leads the National Football League in touchdown receptions since the year of 2014, and now they are presently both now on the same team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Most Receiving Yards (since 2014) Most Receiving Touchdowns (since 2014)
Julio Jones 10,593 Mike Evans 75
DeAndre Hopkins 9,779 Davante Adams 73
Mike Evans 9,301 Antonio Brown 68
Travis Kelce 9,006 DeAndre Hopkins 66
Antonio Brown 8,730 Travis Kelce 57
The Wide Receiver Room for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By signing with the Tampa Bay Bucs Julio joins a receiver group with the Buccaneers who already possess am amazing and highly - talented wide receiver group that includes holdovers such as Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller, and Breshad Perriman.
They welcomed in Russell Gage, who like Jones, another former player from the Atlanta Falcons was during this current as well as busy NFL offseason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Godwin just underwent a surgical procedure in order to repair a torn ACL surgery on a torn ACL suffered toward the end of last season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization decided not to place him on the Physically Unable to Perform list or PUP list as the Tampa Bay Bucs’ training camp has now recently started, but sources close to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ franchise disclosed that the Bucs will ultimately be extremely cautious with Godwin prior to letting him actively practice with his team in order to prepare for the upcoming 2022 - 2023 NFL season.
Tampa Bay also acquired the veteran tight end, Kyle Rudolph, about a week ago, in order to improve their talent at the tight end position especially with the loss of the future Hall of Fame tight end in Rob Gronkowski who recently retired from playing professional football in the NFL.
Julio Jones Released by the Tennessee Titans
Previously the Tennessee Titans outright released Julio Jones back in March of 2022, only 1 - season after the Titans made a huge trade in order to pick him up from the Atlanta Falcons. The Tennessee Titans exchanged 2 - highly - valued NFL draft picks to get him just a year ago in the hope that Jones help balance out and vastly improve the Tennessee Titans’ offensive passing attack led by their starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill.
However, Jones only appeared in 10 - NFL games resulting from multiple injuries. Last year marked the 2nd - consecutive NFL season in which Julio was limited due to injuries that he suffered recently. Jones only managed to appear in 9 - NFL games for the Atlanta Falcons back during the 2020 - 2021 NFL season.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Julio with the overall 6th - selection in the 1st - round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The Atlanta Falcons were forced to send over several NFL draft picks to the Cleveland Browns just to be able to take the wide receiver star out of the University of Alabama where Jones excelled with the Crimson Tide NCAA college football program.
The now 33 - year - old Jones leads the Atlanta Falcons for career receptions with 848 as well as receiving yards with 12,896, and Julio is second all - time to Roddy White in touchdown catches with 63. Jones’ average of 91.9 receiving yards per game is the highest per - game average in rich and legendary history of the National Football League.
Julio Jones’ Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- 2 - Time First - Team NFL All - Pro Selection (2015, 2016)
- 3 - Time Second - Team NFL All - Pro Selection (2017, 2018, 2019)
- 7 - Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- 2 - Time NFL Receiving Yards Leader (2015, 2018)
- NFL Receptions Co - Leader (2015)
- Named to the NFL 2010s All - Decade Team
- PFWA All - Rookie Team Selection (2011)
- BCS National Champion (2009)
- SEC Freshman of the Year Award Winner (2008)
- First - Team All - SEC Selection (2010)
- Second - Team All - SEC Selection (2008)
“Julio Jones signs one - year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers”, espn.com, Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
“Julio Jones”, pro-football-reference.com, Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
“Julio Jones”, spotrac.com, Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
“Who has the most receiving yards since 2014? Since 2014, Mike Evans has the most receiving touchdowns, with 75 - touchdowns.”, statmuse.com, Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
Written by: David Green