Matt Jones Suspended Three Games, Other Jaguars Receivers Must Step Up

Kris CardellaContributor IOctober 21, 2008

Matt Jones' offseason debauchery finally caught up to him yesterday, when the NFL imposed a three-game suspension on the Jaguars' most productive pass-catcher.

Jones was arrested in Arkansas in July and charged with one count of cocaine possession. His suspension is in line with the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

This poses a challenge to the Jaguars passing game, as Jones has become David Garrard's most reliable target.

Jones has 30 catches for 338 yards and a touchdown. The other Jags receivers have a combined total 37 catches for 395 yards and zero touchdowns.

Jack Del Rio will likely be pushing Jerry Porter and Mike Walker to step up and contribute. Porter came to Jacksonville in the offseason as a free agent after signing a $30 million contract. He has only one catch after missing the entire preseason and first three games with a hamstring injury.

Walker was on injured reserve for all of the 2007 season with a knee injury. He has started to show some promise in the last few games and even had a six-catch, 107-yard game in a loss to the Steelers in Week Five.