Week 3 of the NFL preseason is the last chance for several hopefuls to make a positive impression before final roster cutdown day and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tim Jones is making the most of the opportunity.
Head coach Doug Pederson told the local media that the team would rest most of the starters in the preseason finale and that’s precisely what they did, which in turn is giving the chance to fringe players to showcase their talent.
So far, Jones has been the Jaguars’ MVP, hauling in three receptions for 103 yards. That’s precisely the kind of performance that will strengthen your case for a roster spot. Here’s Jones’ first reception of the game, which came in the Jaguars’ second drive.
Jones wasn’t done though and he hauled in a couple more receptions worthy of a highlight-reel. Here’s the second one, via Laurie Fitzpatrick of Touchdown Wire:
And here’s one Jones made before halftime, arguably the best of the three, do you agree? Take a look.
Tim Jones should make the Jaguars 53-man roster
Even though the Jaguars’ wide receiver corps is far from the best in the league, it’s pretty stacked, and there could be three players competing for a roster spot: Jeff Cotton Jr., Laquon Treadwell, and Tim Jones.
So far, Jones has had the best preseason. Cotton finished the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns with no catches while Jones had five. Treadwell has done just enough and has a realistic shot at making the cut. He scored a seven-yard touchdown reception in the same drive Jones made a 41-yard grab.
In fact, Jones has outperformed Laviska Shenault throughout the preseason, and if it weren’t for the latter’s draft status, the former would probably be a lock to make the roster.
As of this writing, the Jags are losing 21-12 to the Falcons in the third quarter. Even if Jones doesn’t get another catch the rest of the game, he has solidified his case for a roster spot.