Matt Jones Still a Free Agent: What's Wrong with a Second Chance?

Tim HigginsCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 14:  Matt Jones #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars points to the sideline in a game against the Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 14, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Matt Jones may have never been worth a first round pick, he may have been a bust in many peoples mind, he may have been arrested for cocaine and alcohol, but Matt Jones was really the only solid piece of the Jaguars' offense last year. 

Matt was without a doubt, the top wide receiver on the team last year, and he really made leaps and bounds over prior seasons. He became a good wide receiver, not great, but not necessarily a flat out bad wide receiver as we had seen in other years.

After Matt was released, I was a little sad and disheartened, considering he was pretty solid over the last year, but when the Jags signed Torry Holt, I thought that he would not be missed much by the Jags.

As training camp comes around, Matt Jones still remains unsigned, and although I am very optimistic about the WR spot, I cant help but wonder if the Jags will actually show a major improvement in the WR spot.  Last year the Jag's wide receivers were supposed to change, and we all thought it was the year.  Look how that turned out.

Even though I don't see it happening, I don't understand why Jacksonville doesn't give Matt Jones another chance.  I know he has had a lot of second chances, but still he performed last year, and even though I am very excited about this year's rookie class of WRs, I am a bit concerned what will happen if Mike Walker doesn't perform as expected. 

Matt was a good target for Garrard last year. Pairing him with Torry Holt would be a good combo, or even just keeping him as a backup would be ideal as well.  I don't think Matt was a real disruption to the locker room, and he seemed very thankful for the chances he received in Jacksonville in an interview with the Florida Times-Union.

So whats wrong with giving Matt another chance?