Biggs: Bucs turn to Figurs after wideout tryouts
Matt Jones’ journey to find work in the NFL will continue.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to go in a different direction today as they signed wide receiver Yamon Figurs, according to the St. Petersburg Times. They were two of five wideouts brought in for a tryout this morning, including David Tyree, Chris Davis and Jordan Kent. Tyree found work too, signing with the Baltimore Ravens.
Figurs was released at the end of last month by the Detroit Lions, and he has at Kansas State when coach Raheem Morris was the head coach there in 2006. That’s also where Bucs’ No. 2 quarterback Josh Freeman was at the time.
Figurs can play a bigger role on special teams than the more well known Jones, and he has ability as a returner. Figurs has just three career receptions.
This is only the second workout that Jones has had, and the telling thing here is teams with needs are not turning to him. Jones made 65 receptions for 761 yards last season, but one offensive coordinator who looked into him said that his production really came on two routes—slants and fades—and he didn’t see him as a well rounded option.
Add in the off-field baggage, although keep in mind that Jones has never failed a drug test, and he’s still on the street seeking work. Eventually it will come for Jones, but it’s not shocking to some that he’s still biding his time.
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