Maybe Matt Jones should get arrested for cocaine possession more often. After cops found him in the back of a truck with the yeyo this summer, the Jaguars former first-round pick has suddenly become something more than an overrated wideout on a team once full of them.
In fact, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter seems legitimately jazzed about having Jones on the roster:
"Matt has a much greater sense of urgency; much greater attention to detail in the classroom. Matt is acting like he cares and he's applying himself. ... We have to continue to find better ways to use Matt," Koetter said.
Jones leads the Jaguars with 16 receptions for 173 yards. He also leads the Jaguars in the big-play reception category with a 33-yarder, one of only two receptions by a Jaguars wide receiver that has gone for 20 or more yards. Jones also has the other one.
Wow. This spring Pro Football Weekly assured us that Jones "can all but kiss Jacksonville goodbye." Now, with Jerry Porter reviving the "huge upside, no production" empty promises he made famous in Oakland, and Troy Williamson battling injuries, Jones is the guy in Jacksonville.
I'll be honest: I didn't see that coming. In fact, I was quite certain Jones would end up being a Jerry Jones "He's a Razorback!" reclamation project.
And for all that's wrong with the Jaguars offense through the first three weeks of the 2008 season, Jones, for once, isn't part of the problem. Sure, the team is off to a 1-2 start, but with the Colts stumbling out of the gate, the AFC South is still up for grabs. I know, the Titans are 3-0, but come on people, Kerry Collins? Even Merril Hoge is unimpressed.