Detroit Lions: The Great Wide Receiver Battle
By Mark DeGain
Aug 13, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiverT.J. Jones
(13) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets at Ford Field. The Lions beat the Jets 23-3. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
The case for T.J. Jones
For T.J. Jones, his venture in the NFL has been an uphill struggle, with him missing his rookie season due to nerve issue in his arm. He was drafted in the 6th round in 2014 by the Detroit Lions. During his down time, he studied a lot of game film. He watched game film with the rest of the receiving corps and learned how to better improve himself on the field once he was able to be back on it.
Thus far in camp and preseason, the studying appears to have paid off dividends to the young wide receiver. If you watch his game film, he runs great routes and has a burst speed to beat out coverage and catch the long ball in stride. If we do indeed put him on the 53 man roster, he will definitely be an asset to have alongside Johnson and Tate. With the powerful arm of Matthew Stafford, he has the ability to just run out his route and make some big gains.
Personally, I really like what I have seen out of him this offseason and I am placing him at our number 4 receiver position.
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