Julio Jones has resurfaced with the Buccaneers, where he'll compete for targets from Tom Brady. It almost sounds unfair until you realize Jones has not been the same guy for over a year. Injuries have ravaged his body and cost him plenty of explosiveness, much less actual playing time. Over the past two seasons, Jones has averaged 4.3 receptions per game, scored four touchdowns and missed 14 games. He had one game with over 65 yards with the Titans in 2021. Despite the cushy landing spot, it should not be assumed he'll ever be as good as he was through the first nine years of his career. That's why he shouldn't get picked until Round 9 in Fantasy drafts.
Jones signed with the Buccaneers after an underwhelming 2021 season in Tennessee. Jones was limited by injuries to 10 games and produced a 31-434-1 receiving line when active. He's now missed 14 games over the last two seasons and has a grand total of four TDs during the span. Jones did flash a bit last season, including a 5-58-1 receiving line on 10 targets in Week 18, but he's now 33 years old and ticketed for a situational role in a Tampa Bay offense that also includes Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage. The high-scoring, pass-heavy Buccaneers' offense is appealing, but Jones figures to be a boom/bust producer. He's only worth a look late in drafts.
Jones joins a crowded Tampa Bay passing game after struggling with durability and availability in recent seasons. Jones' best chance to produce is early in the season if Chris Godwin is slow to get back up to speed and still will likely be behind Mike Evans and Russell Gage in the pecking order.