A 6'3", 230-pound wide receiver who ran a 4.55 40-yard dash at the combine and caught 12 touchdowns during his senior year playing in the ACC should have been highly sought-after in the draft. Instead, former North Carolina wide receiver Dwight Jones went undrafted.
Today, we're hearing rumblings that explain why a rare physical talent couldn't get a team to spend a pick on him in April.
NBC Sports' Evan Silva had the scoop this morning on Twitter:
Heard reliably that UDFA receiver Dwight Jones, from UNC, has quit the #Texans. May explain interest in Sims-Walker.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 29, 2012
Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle reports that Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Jones was a no-show today at OTAs and it was not injury-related. Stradley also reports that Jones is "struggling" a bit, according to Kubiak, and that he said the team will talk to Jones this afternoon (with a smile).
I'm not sure I agree with Silva connecting the Sims-Walker tryout with Jones possibly quitting the team because they probably were looking at anything Jones could contribute as a bonus. Houston spent third- and fourth-round picks at wide receiver this year, bringing in Ohio State's DeVier Posey and Michigan State's Keshawn Martin, respectively.
The team is also high on 2011 undrafted free agent Lestar Jean, who has been running with the first team while Andre Johnson is out.
Speaking of Johnson, Jones got his name in the news last week when he said he was going to be "the next Andre Johnson" in a radio interview, according to Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. If Jones continues to quit, as he did in the middle of Senior Bowl week, in the eyes of Justin Higdon of AFC2NFC.com, he won't even be the next Andre Hastings.