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Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign WR Julio Jones

Houston, Texas, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) celebrates a touchdown against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed wide receiver Julio Jones to a one-year deal Tuesday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Julio Jones used to be elite, but what does he have left in the tank?

  • Since 2011, Jones' 94.6 receiving grade ranks second among wide receivers
  • Other ranks since 2011:
    • 13,330 receiving yards (first)
    • 377 explosive receptions (first)
    • 2.64 yards per route run (first)
    • 4.96 PFF wins-above-replacement (second)
  • Jones earned a 76.8 PFF grade in 2021, ranking 29th among qualified wide receivers.
  • Jones strung together five straight seasons with a PFF grade over 90 from 2015 to 2019. He’s earned an 85.5 PFF grade over the last two seasons while missing 14 games due to hamstring injuries.
  • The 33-year-old wide receiver has played over 500 snaps since 2019.
  • Jones also drew interest from the Green Bay Packers, per Schefter.

Where does Julio Jones slot among Tampa Bay's wide receivers?

  • Jones joins Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage, Jalen Darden and Tyler Johnson on the Buccaneers’ wide receiver depth chart.
  • Godwin is recovering from a torn ACL but avoided landing on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to start training camp.
  • Jones' 76.8 PFF grade in 2021 was the second-highest, behind Godwin (79.4), among Tampa Bay's current receivers.
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