In 2008, following the violation of his probation stemming from cocaine possession charges, Matt Jones was suspended and consequently released from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former first round pick, who has played primarily as a wide receiver in the NFL despite being a star quarterback in college, has had mixed results at the professional level. While he has shown some serious big- play ability and physical potential, Matt Jones has not yet developed the consistency that one would expect from a first round pick. However, in spite of all of the aforementioned problems, I firmly believe that it would be in the best interest of the New York Giants to sign Matt Jones while they have the chance. Here are my reasons why:
He is the Perfect Replacement to Plaxico Burress
That’s right. If Matt can even come close to living up to his potential, Matt Jones will play just like Plaxico, only better. At 6’6, Matt Jones is currently the tallest wide receiver in the NFL, and he has the hands to complement his size. Even in spite of his general inconsistency, Matt has frequently been seen making one- handed circus catches and mind- boggling leaps over smaller defenders. Furthermore, with 4.3 40 yard dash speed, Jones could be the deep threat that the New York Giants need.
You Get a 1st Round Pick at a Bargain Price
As a former first round pick, Matt Jones entered the NFL with a relatively hefty contract, especially considering that he had never even played the wide receiver position at that time. However, with the new- found fear of NFL teams to take risks on players who have troubled histories, it seems as though not a single NFL team is currently interested in the services of Matt Jones. However, is Matt really that much of a risk? He made a mistake in terms of utilizing an illegal drug, and he has found treatment for himself following the incident. While he did violate his probation following his initial arrest, the violation was triggered merely because he had a single beer within the confines of his own home when friends were over. In my opinion, Matt’s character issues aren’t nearly as substantial as those of the likes of Plaxico Burress and Michael Vick, and I do not expect him to find himself in any further trouble off of the gridiron. With that said, why not take a chance on a first round talent who could likely be signed now at about the league minimum? If you ask me, this is an investment opportunity that the New York Giants can’t afford to miss.
Matt Jones Would Be the Perfect Fit for the New York Giants’ Wildcat Formation
In 2008, the wildcat formation took the football world by storm. In Miami under the reigns of running back Ronnie Brown, the Dolphins absolutely tore apart opposing defenses, even though Ronnie is far from a capable passer. Since its inception into the contemporary NFL world, just about every NFL team has established some form of the wildcat offense. While the Giants didn’t exactly feature such a formation last season, Ahmad Bradshaw was utilized as a wildcat quarterback several times, albeit without great success. What the Giants need for the 2009 season is a player who is tailor- made for the wildcat offense. With such a weapon to complement the traditional running and passing games, the Giants’ offense would become absolutely unstoppable. As alluded to earlier, Matt Jones played quarterback in college, so he is definitely capable enough of a passer for the role. Furthermore, with a 4.3 40 yard dash speed, Jones would be fast enough to blaze his way outside of the tackles and sprint up field for a big gain just about every time he touches the ball. In addition to his solid passing ability and off the charts speed, the Giants would be able to add a third wrinkle into their wildcat formation by having Matt flip the ball to either Eli Manning or one of the running backs, and then having that person throw the ball back to Matt Jones. As a receiver, Matt would be more than reliable enough to catch the ball on such a play, and then his speed would allow him to break past defenders for a big play. If the Giants take a chance on Matt Jones and utilize him in such a matter, I believe that the G- Men will immediately become the unquestioned best team in the National Football League.