Introducing your newest Tennessee Titan: Mark Jones

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Just a couple of days ago, we speculated on the impact regarding the departure of KR/CB Chris Carr to the hated Ravens. The consensus opinion was that Carr’s loss would be felt the most on special teams, where his ability to return kicks would surely be missed.

While the need for some depth at the cornerback position still exists, the Tennessee Titans have found Carr’s replacement in the return game.

Enter Mark Jones, the diminutive yet dynamic former Carolina Panther who signed on the dotted line with the Titans yesterday.

Mr. Sure-Handed

As we all know, special teams often determine the outcome of closely contested games. A game-breaking touchdown return can serve as a means of providing a team with a winning score. On the other hand, a costly special teams fumble can have the opposite effect.

Despite Mark’s goose-egg in the touchdown department returning punts and kicks, there’s another zero on his statline that caught the majority of my attention: During his tenure in the NFL, Jones has fielded 156 punts and 58 kickoffs and not once has he fumbled the pigskin.  

Hopefully, Mark’s penchant for not dropping the football will continue in Nashville.

Will he contribute at WR?

Labeled as a return specialist, Mark’s secondary trade is the wide receiver position. In his five seasons in the NFL, Jones has only registered 2 catches for 32 yards at WR. During his college days as a Tennessee Vol, Jones caught 36 passes for 556 yards and 5 touchdowns.  

Almost needless to say, we probably won’t be seeing him emerge as one of Kerry Collins’ favorite targets at WR. Barring injuries, the majority of Mark’s contributions will most likely come in the form of special teams’ duties.

Where do the Titans go from here?

While Jones addresses the void left by Carr’s departure on special teams, the Titans are still in search of some talent at CB. Veteran free agent CB Donald Strickland was in town yesterday, which indicates the Titans are still looking for some veteran depth at corner on the free agent market.

I still think it’s a pretty safe bet that the Titans will be spending a high draft pick on a CB in next month’s NFL Draft. If Strickland is signed, he’s a serviceable vet who can help out at nickel.

However, due to Nick Harper’s age, the Titans are in need of a corner who can provide long-term stability to the position. Someone like D.J. Moore or Alphonso Smith, two exciting guys who could be hearing their names called by the Titans on draft day.

Let’s get back to the topic at hand: What are your thoughts on the signing of Mark Jones?  

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5 Responses to “Introducing your newest Tennessee Titan: Mark Jones”

  1. Morgan Says:

    Mark Jones wont contribute to anything but special teams, and im fine with that. He is great at what he does. I posted on the last blog about titans special teams about this guy coming to the titans and im still jacked. He broke a couple of long ones last year and with Carr gone Mark Jones will make a well worth impact. Nice signing Nashville. Welcome to the new greatest show on turf Mark Jones.

  2. Drexel Perry Says:

    I agree that the Titans shouldn’t miss too much of a beat on returns with Jones replacing Carr.
    Thanks for commenting.

  3. Scott Says:

    I like the signing. Every team needs a top notch returner. The Titans benefited from that last year. The fact that he doesn’t have a touchdown doesn’t bother me. I don’t think Carr had one either, but he was a good returner.
    Drex, do you know how much they are paying him??
    I guess now it is time to find some depth at CB.

  4. Seth Leonard Says:

    Drex,
    I read somewhere that Lendale has lost 20 pounds already this off season. Think we could get a quick recap of the RB situation? e.g. what they are doing to get ready and maybe what you think will happen with backups, etc. Is CJ bulking up like we all hope?

  5. Drexel Perry Says:

    Scott,
    To my knowledge, no specific contract information has been disclosed, but apparently, Jones signed a multi-year deal with the Titans.
    Seth,
    No problem, man. Be on the look out for something regarding White and the RB situation this weekend.
    As always, thanks for commenting guys.

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