Will Brandon Jones step up to improve the Titans’ passing attack?


Great minds think alike. Drexel hypothesized in a great article yesterday about the pros and cons of the Titans upgrading the passing game by acquiring a top-shelf wide receiver before Tuesday’s trading deadline,
I am in complete agreement with Drexel about the necessity to upgrade the receiving corps, which I regard as the weak link among the chain of Tennessee’s position groups.
However, the chances of signing Roy Williams or T.J. Houshmandzdeh are rather slim, so I’m also thinking about another recipe for improvement. The receivers have been inconsistent and one of them needs to step forward. The Titans need a receiver who will be Mr. Reliable, someone they can count on week in and week out. Will someone please step up?
Justin Gage, Justin McCareins and Brandon Jones are decent receivers. None of them would be the number one receiver on most teams in the league and wouldn’t even be number two on some teams. But it would be a boon, a serendipity, if one of them emerged as a legitimate threat.
Gage and McCareins have been around for a while. Their careers have peaked and plateaud, and you can’t realistically expect their performances to improve anymore. What you see now is what you’re going to get until the inevitable decline sets in.
Brandon Jones is a different story. He’s in his fourth year and still has time to develop and mature as a receiver. I am reminded of former Titans WR Derrick Mason, who had three very unnoticeable seasons before busting out in his fourth year and developing into a Pro Bowl receiver.
Can Jones follow a similar path and grow in his fourth year? I’m not looking for him to become an All-Pro but it would be nice if he would become Mr. Reliable for the Titans. You know, five or six catches every game for 80 yards. That shouldn’t be a lot to ask.
Brandon is one of those players who just frustrate you. Guys like that can really upset you. They’ve got a lot of ability and you see flashes of it from time to time on the field, but they are raggedly inconsistent and have periods when they don’t do diddly-squat.
If Brandon Jones can begin to consistently perform at the level he’s capable of, the Titans’ offense will be much improved. If not, it will be “wait until next year” to get a proven wideout in free agency who won’t break the bank.


4 Responses to “Will Brandon Jones step up to improve the Titans’ passing attack?”

  1. bobcomu Says:

    We’ve heard it all before about Jones. Last year a lot of people thought he was on the verge of becoming a “superstar”, I always though that was a tad much to ask form him but he could be a solid wideout. Dinger said this week that he was happy with Jones and hoped the light came on last week when he made some big grabs against a solid D. It would be nice if they got that #1 WO from someone already on the roster and didnt have to trade a pick or dole out a huge free agent contract.

  2. Dave Says:

    Justin Gage has been in the league two years longer than Brandon Jones and he’s only a year older. To say he has peaked and plateaud is a bit unfair. I’m not saying he’s going to be a “great weapon”, but this is only his 2nd year as a full time guy. I’d love to see 4 or 5 of or wide outs become at least good if not very good.

  3. Young buc Says:

    Yea Jones should be a better performer this season, not great, but better. I do have one crazy idea that could answer the teams problem at wideout, or maybe worsen an already meager core of WR.
    Put Vince Young in at wideout. Hold on, i know its an absurd idea and i should be slapped for it, but just go with me for a second. Vince Young is 6 foot 5, weighs 233 pounds, and runs a 4.6-4.7 40 yard dash
    Standing at 6 foot 4 J. Gage is the only wideout that is almost as tall as Vince. J.mac is runner up at 6’2″. Vince would be the fattest WR of the bunch at 233, but if he lost some of that he could improve his speed and mobility. However, as we have all seen Vince has some type of a quite speed about him. If he practiced some i bet he could go keep up with our wideouts in a foot race. the elusive vince that looks like deer prancing through the forest has shown his abilities in the past, and i think that he would transfer these abilites to route running.
    The transition from QB to WR would be hard, Vince would have to condition more to account for alot more running. However, it is possible just ask drew bennett, matt jones, seneca wallace, and antone randel el.
    With Kerry Collins putting in work why not let Vince see what its like to catch, more importantly witness a well thrown ball. Even if he sucks maybe he could learn something from seeing the ball come at him. Also it would give us the trick play ability that helped the Steelers reach the super bowl a few years back when they had Randel El.
    I know this is simply a pipe dream, but as one last defense:
    VY= 6’5″ 233lbs, 4.6 – 4.7 fourty
    Plaxico Burress= 6’5″ 232lbs, 4.4 forty(at 2000 combine so 4.4 – 4.6 is what ide say)
    Just try it out, if it works great, and if it fails at least the team will make sportscenter for the next week.

  4. Markus Says:

    …Fisher mentioned a week ago that Vince can catch a fade…hint hint…not full time, but seeing them both on the field (KC and VY) is a possibility…I’m sure Dinger is cooking up some plays top break out in the occasion we need some pts. very badly…

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