For any 6 ft 6 NFL wide receiver there is a great expectation that you will see a helluva lot of white lines.
To clarify that is white PAINT lines on the grass or artificial turf of the 32 NFL stadiums in the NFL, as you outstretch a 5 ft 7 corner back, or as you blaze past a slow strong safety as part of a 3 wideout offensive package.
The white lines however that Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones has been associated with this week do not belong to the end zone of Alltell Stadium, they belong to the neatly chopped strips of cocaine found in the bean pole’s car.
101 catches in three NFL seasons in 42 games is what fantasy fans would call pedestrian, and Jones knows that he has not so far lived up to his pre-NFL hype. This stat line would be acceptable if Jones was a 5th round prospect or an undrafted free-agent, but that’s not the case – Matt Jones was a 1st round pick in 2005, with a 1st round salary and 1st round expectations by coaches and Jags fans alike.
I think that Jones has taken to inhaling ‘the paint’ as a result of the Jaguars rescuing wide receiver Troy Williamson from the Minnesota Vikings, who rather coincidentally was 1) a 1st round pick who has been a bust and 2) drafted in the same 1st round in 2005.
As an avid fantasy football player I drafted Williamson in 2005 in keeper drafts, and even took my chances with him over the past two years as late www.nfl.com fantasy picks and as a waiver wire pickup. Every single time I was let down, and Williamson has managed an even more depressing 79 catches in 3 NFL seasons – yuk !
With the Rookie Symposium going on this week in sure NFL players will be using Matt Jones as an example of precisely the situation you DO NOT want to be in after three unfulfilled NFL seasons.
We have two major drug issues in sport – performance enancing and recreational. The case of Matt Jones is not performance enhancing unless he wants to grow another foot taller and play in the NBA.
Matt – I know the off season is dull with the painfully dull Brett Favre saga boring us all rigid, but even as a fan I dont turn to snorting white powder up my delicate nostrils.
If you are bored Matt I have a few suggestions;
1) Order a spicy pizza, drink a bottle of Diet Coke, and watch Invincible
2) Do some community charity work – and that doesn’t mean raising the profile of anti-drug groups !
3) Go to your multi-million dollar facilities more often and learn to block and catch in order to lock down a starting job and get more than 33 catches a season – a nice total for a running back or a non-elite tight end, but not acceptable for a 1st round wideout.
I’ll sign off this entry with the thought – who is the BIGGEST bust from the 1st round of the NFL draft – Troy Williamson WR or Matt Jones WR – would love some views from the world wide web please ………