Biggs: Is Tampa the landing spot for Matt Jones?
As the NFL season inches toward the halfway point heading into Week 6, veteran wide receiver Matt Jones is still seeking work. Perhaps that opportunity will finally materialize for him today as ESPN reported that he has a tryout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The winless Bucs (0-5) are in need of help of all sorts, and their wide receivers have not done much to help Josh Johnson or Byron Leftwich before he was benched. Antonio Bryant has complained about knee pain, and Michael Clayton has complained about not getting the ball enough. That was until he dropped three passes in the Bucs’ loss Sunday at Philadelphia.
“I brought him into my office and let him know. We talked one-on-one," Tampa coach Raheem Morris said. “He has to stand up and (play well) every week. He had to play like he did versus Dallas. He's counted on. He's one of the guys we're depending on, and he's got to play like that, and he hasn't been.”
The Bucs are looking for a spark of any kind. They are expected to get center Jeff Faine back from a triceps injury on Sunday against Carolina. He’s been out since the opener vs. Dallas, and that is the only game the Bucs have run the ball effectively in all season.
Who knows, maybe Morris and the Bucs believe Jones will be a positive addition. So far, the former first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars has received a tryout from the Tennessee Titans, and that’s it. There have been rumors that other teams have interest, but does a team really have interest in a player in Week 6 when it’s taken no action?
Jones has worked hard to put himself in top shape, and he’s made positive steps off the field. He’s deserving of a second chance.
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