(File Photo) Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones (6) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL International Series game at Allianz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles add veteran WR Julio Jones

Wide receiver Julio Jones is making a comeback with the Philadelphia Eagles and could start his 13th NFL season this Sunday night against the Miami Dolphins.

The Eagles signed Jones to the practice squad Tuesday at the suggestion of former Tennessee Titans teammate A.J. Brown. Brown also pushed for the Titans to acquire Jones from the Atlanta Falcons in 2021.

Signing veterans and immediately putting them into action isn’t new for the Eagles (5-1), who signed cornerback Bradley Roby and played him 25 snaps in a win over the Los Angeles Rams a few days later.

Jones, 34, has a few days to get ready for Miami (5-1). He last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appearing in 10 games in 2022 with 24 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

Brown leads the Eagles with 42 receptions in six games this season and No. 2 wideout DeVonta Smith has 28 grabs.

Jones was voted to the Pro Bowl seven times, led the NFL in receptions once and receiving yards twice, and is the Falcons’ all-time leader in receptions.

Injuries contributed to slowing him down in 2020 before Atlanta entered a dramatic rebuild. The Falcons drafted Jones sixth overall in 2011 out of Alabama.

In 155 career games, Jones has 903 catches for 13,629 yards and 63 touchdowns. He had 100-plus receiving yards in 59 games.

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DeAndre Hopkins had 1,407 yards receiving in his first season with the Cardinals (2020), but combined for 1,289 yards in the previous two seasons.

Titans’ Mike Vrabel on DeAndre Hopkins: ‘Confident’ he’ll help

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel on Tuesday defended his team’s reported signing of DeAndre Hopkins after the club failed in its previous attempt to bring in a veteran high-profile wide receiver.

The Titans’ previously attempted to bolster their wide receiver room in 2021 with the signing of star Julio Jones. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection, however, finished with just 31 catches for 434 yards and one touchdown in 10 games during his lone season with Tennessee.

On Sunday, multiple media outlets reported Hopkins will sign with the Titans on a two-year, $26 million contract worth up to $32 million with incentives. He reportedly will receive a base salary of $12 million in the first season with a chance to increase to $15 million.

“I don’t think whatever happened in the past with another player is going to apply to this particular player,” Vrabel said on Bussin’ With The Boys podcast. “If things come up, we’ll have to work through them. We wouldn’t have signed him or wanted to sign him if we weren’t confident he’d help us.”

Hopkins, 31, and Vrabel were together with the Houston Texans when the latter was their linebackers coach (2014-16) and defensive coordinator (2017). Hopkins met with the team in Nashville last month.

The Arizona Cardinals released Hopkins on May 26 after they reportedly failed to find a trade partner.

A three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Hopkins has 853 catches for 11,298 yards and 71 touchdowns in 145 games (all starts) with the Texans (2013-19) and Cardinals.

Hopkins had 64 catches for 717 yards with three touchdowns during a 2022 season in which he missed the first six games while serving a suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He sat out the final two games with a knee injury.

Since trading A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of the 2022 season, the Titans have been looking for a new WR1. Treylon Burks, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Kyle Philips are the current projected starters.

This is the first major splash for new Titans general manager Ran Carthon, who was hired in January to replace Jon Robinson.

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Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones (6) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (3) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Julio Jones inactive vs. Falcons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones was ruled inactive for Sunday’s game against the visiting Atlanta Falcons.

Jones, who is nursing a knee injury, is the Falcons’ franchise leader in in catches (848) and receiving yards (12,896). He also ranks second in club history with 60 receiving touchdowns.

While Jones and fellow wideout Breshad Perriman (knee, hamstring) are out for Sunday’s game, Russell Gage is active against his former team despite being limited in practice all week with a back injury. Gage is set to join Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in Tom Brady’s passing attack for the Buccaneers (2-2), who have lost two in a row.

Tampa Bay also listed wide receiver Deven Thompkins and quarterback Kyle Trask as inactive on Sunday.

Tight end Cameron Brate (concussion), safety Logan Ryan (foot) and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (foot) had been ruled out for the game on Friday.

Also on Friday, the Falcons announced tight end Kyle Pitts would miss the first game of his NFL career on Sunday.

Pitts, a former first-round pick, did not participate in practice all week while dealing with a hamstring injury.

On Sunday, the Falcons listed linebackers DeAngelo Malone and Nick Kwiatkoski, offensive lineman Chuma Edoga and wide receiver Jared Bernhardt as inactive.

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Dec 5, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) runs against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Darren Hall (34) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Chris Godwin, Julio Jones game-time decisions vs. Chiefs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers Chris Godwin and Julio Jones and left tackle Donovan Smith are considered game-time decisions to play on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, coach Todd Bowles said Friday.

Godwin (hamstring), Jones (knee) and Smith (elbow) have sat out the team’s past two games due to their respective injuries. Godwin was limited in practice on Wednesday before sitting out Thursday for rest purposes, while Jones and Smith were listed as limited in both sessions.

“With Julio, it’s all about how he feels the next two days as to whether he’s going to play on Sunday,” Bowles said. “Sometimes he has setbacks and sometimes he doesn’t. So, we’ll wait until Sunday to make that decision to be sure.”

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee, hamstring) is considered doubtful by Bowles, who noted that “unless he has a miraculous recovery by Sunday it will be possible that he doesn’t play.”

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (foot) has been ruled out for the second consecutive week.

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Jul 10, 2022; Hampton, Georgia, USA; Former Falcons receiver Julio Jones stands on the grid prior to the Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

WR Julio Jones signs one-year contract with Bucs

Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones officially signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.

NFL Network reported the one-year deal is worth $6 million with another $2 million attainable through incentives.

Jones provides insurance for quarterback Tom Brady and the Buccaneers should Chris Godwin be unable to return in a timely fashion from a torn ACL. Godwin sustained the injury in Week 15 of last season.

Jones, 33, joins a wide receiver room that includes Mike Evans and former Atlanta Falcons teammate Russell Gage.

Jones, however, was a disappointment last season in his only campaign with the Tennessee Titans. He established career lows of 31 receptions, 434 yards and one touchdown in just 10 games due to multiple hamstring injuries.

“His health has been an issue, but he’s healthy now,” Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday.

Jones caught six passes for 62 yards when the Titans were upset 19-16 by the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs.

He played his first 10 seasons with the Falcons before being dealt to Tennessee in June 2021 with a 2023 sixth-round pick for a 2022 second-round pick and a conditional 2023 fourth-round pick.

Jones topped 1,300 receiving yards in a span of six consecutive seasons from 2014-19 and was a first-time All-Pro in 2015 and 2016. He also had more than 100 receptions three times and set Atlanta franchise marks of 136 catches and 1,871 yards in 2015.

Jones holds Falcons’ career records of 848 receptions and 12,896 yards. His 60 touchdown receptions rank second behind Roddy White (63).

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers opened a spot on the training camp roster by waiving tight end Codey McElroy, 29, with an injury designation. He spent much of his time with the team on the practice squad but appeared in one game in 2019 and two in 2021. He made one catch for 30 yards.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) exits the field after their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in a AFC Divisional playoff game at Nissan Stadium Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Report: WR Julio Jones to sign one-year deal with Bucs

Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones is signing a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Jones, who provides insurance for quarterback Tom Brady and the Buccaneers should Chris Godwin be unable to return in a timely fashion from a torn ACL. Godwin sustained the injury in Week 15 of last season.

Jones, 33, was a disappointment last season in his only campaign with the Tennessee Titans. He established career lows of 31 receptions, 434 yards and one touchdown in just 10 games due to multiple hamstring injuries.

He caught six passes for 62 yards when the Titans were upset 19-16 by the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs.

Jones played his first 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before being dealt to Tennessee in June 2021 with a 2023 sixth-round pick for a 2022 second-round pick and a conditional 2023 fourth-round pick.

He topped 1,300 receiving yards in a span of six consecutive seasons from 2014-19 and was a first-time All-Pro in 2015 and 2016.. He also had more than 100 receptions three times and set Atlanta franchise marks of 136 catches and 1,871 yards in 2015.

Jones holds Falcons’ career records of 848 receptions and 12,896 yards. His 60 touchdown receptions rank second behind Roddy White (63).

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers opened a spot on the training camp roster by waiving tight end Codey McElroy, 29, with an injury designation. He spent much of his time with the team on the practice squad but appeared in one game in 2019 and two in 2021. He made one catch for 30 yards.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) exits the field after their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in a AFC Divisional playoff game at Nissan Stadium Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans officially part ways with WR Julio Jones

The Tennessee Titans made it official Thursday and released wide receiver Julio Jones after one season.

The team designated the 33-year-old veteran as a post-June 1 release, saving $9.5 million in cap space.

Jones was a disappointment last season in his first campaign with Tennessee. He established career lows of 31 receptions, 434 yards and one touchdown in just 10 games due to multiple hamstring injuries.

He caught six passes for 62 yards when the Titans were upset 19-16 by the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs.

Jones played his first 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before being dealt to Tennessee.

He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection with Atlanta and topped 1,300 receiving yards in a span of six consecutive seasons from 2014-19. He also had more than 100 receptions three times and set franchise marks of 136 catches and 1,871 yards in 2015.

Jones holds Falcons’ career records of 848 receptions and 12,896 yards. His 60 touchdown receptions rank second behind Roddy White (63).

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) warms up during practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Report: Titans to activate WR Julio Jones from IR

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones will be activated from injured reserve and play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL Network reported.

Jones was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 13 with an ailing hamstring and has struggled to stay healthy in his first season with the Titans. He sat out three games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury.

Jones, 32, has 21 receptions for 336 yards and no touchdowns in six games this season. The two-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection was acquired from Atlanta in the offseason after playing 10 seasons for the Falcons.

He last played Nov. 7 in the Titans’ 28-16 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) warms up during practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans WR Julio Jones designated to return from IR

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday.

He was not alone, as safety Dane Cruikshank and wide receiver Racey McMath also received the same designation from the Titans (8-4).

The designations open a 21-day window for all three players to be activated to the 53-man roster.

Jones, who was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 13 with an ailing hamstring, has struggled to stay healthy in his first season with the Titans. He sat out three games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury.

Jones, 32, has 21 receptions for 336 yards and no touchdowns in six games this season. The seven-time Pro Bowler was acquired from Atlanta in the offseason after playing 10 seasons for the Falcons.

Cruikshank, who was placed on IR on Nov. 13 with a knee injury, has recorded 32 tackles and one forced fumble in nine games.

McMath, 22, played sparingly in four games before sustaining a quadriceps injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 8.

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Nov 7, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints rule out RB Alvin Kamara (knee) vs. Titans

New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the host Tennessee Titans.

Kamara did not practice all week while dealing with what’s reported to be a mild knee sprain.

The 26-year-old leads New Orleans (5-3 ) with 530 rushing yards, 32 receptions and seven total touchdowns.

Kamara’s absence likely pushes Mark Ingram into the starter’s role. The former Saint rejoined the team via a trade with the Houston Texans last month. In two games complementing Kamara in the Saints’ offense, Ingram has 15 carries for 70 yards and seven catches for 46.

The Saints are already down starting quarterback Jameis Winston (knee) and No. 1 receiver Michael Thomas, the latter of whom is missing the entire season while recovering from ankle surgery.

The Saints also ruled out safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (foot) and tackle Terron Armstead (knee, shoulder). On the opposite sideline, the Titans will be without safety Dane Cruikshank (knee), linebacker David Long (hamstring) and cornerback Greg Mabin (ankle).

Titans receiver Julio Jones is questionable with a hamstring issue. He was not on Wednesday’s injury report, but was a limited participant Thursday before sitting out Friday.

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