The Philadelphia Eagles signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones, the team announced on Tuesday. The last time Jones was seen on the gridiron was in the 2022 season when he played 10 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jones will join a receiving corps led by A.J. Brown, the second-best receiver in the NFL for yards gained, with 672 on 42 catches, two of them for touchdowns.
In addition to Brown, Jones will have to compete with Olamide Zacchaeus and DeVonta Smith for a spot on the first team. However, it will all depend on how head coach Nick Sirianni decides to use the newcomer.
The team has already made its first moves in the receiving corps, placing Quez Watkins on Injured Reserve before the game against the Jets and bringing up Devon Allen from the practice squad.
The career of Julio Jones
The Alabama graduate was the number six overall pick in the 2011 Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, where he played his first 10 seasons.
In 2021, Jones signed a contract with the Tennessee Titans, and in 2022, he joined the Buccaneers.
In his career, Jones has 903 receptions, 13,629 yards, and 81 touchdowns. He has been named to the Pro Bowl seven times, was twice named to the All-Pro First Team, and led the league in yards gained in 2015 and 2018.
The Eagles in the 2023 season
Philadelphia leads the Eastern Division of the National Conference (NFC) with five wins and one loss. Their passing offense is the eighth-best in the NFL, with 1,542 yards gained on 141 receptions and seven touchdowns.
After an unexpected 14-20 loss to the New York Jets in Week 6, Philadelphia will host the Miami Dolphins in Week 7 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Although it is not yet known when he might be in action, Jones is expected to join the team as soon as possible.
The coaching staff hopes Jones will follow in the footsteps of veteran cornerback Bradley Roby. The latter signed with the practice squad just two weeks ago and, already in Week 5, had full participation in the game against the Los Angeles Rams.