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Matt Jones Continues to Impress

Matt Jones is working his way up to Pacman Jones status here at LBS. Hopefully he’s got enough in him to keep this fire fueled for a few more years. First the Jags bust of a wide receiver got caught chopping lines of cocaine in his car along with some friends in Fayetteville last year. It bothered me that he was able to escape penalty under the league’s personal conduct policy until the final weeks of the season, at which point the Jags were already eliminated from playoff contention. Anyway, fast forward to the present day where Jones was busted for drinking alcohol (a few beers on a golf course with friends), which apparently is a violation of his drug program for the coke arrest. Best part is the way the judge laid down the law:

[Judge Gunn] said, “why in the world would you drink beer on the golf course when your future’s at stake? And let me tell you why your future’s at stake. Everybody’s is, but your playing field time is smaller than my career. I could practice law for 50 years, hopefully, but you can’t play football for 50 years. You have more to lose and you have to respect that. I have not seen you be anything but respectful in this program, and man! It’s you, it’s not us! You either work it or you don’t. You didn’t. You’ve got a choice. Stick around and find out what Matt’s going to say. But you’re going to go to jail for a week, Matt, or you’re going to go to residential treatment for 6 weeks, and you know what? You may need both! You’ve been 100% on everything the NFL’s asked, and everything that we’ve asked. Except this; court’s in recess!”

That judge made Matt Jones her bitch! She owned him in court, no doubt. According to them, he’s on $150,000 bail, but could still wind up missing some offseason activities if he’s in a residential treatment program. Between Jones, Reggie Williams (now a free agent), and Jerry Porter’s million bucks a catch, the Jags need a new receiver. Badly.

Matt Jones Didn’t Even Know His Team’s Plays Last Season

Not too surprising for a coke head. I’m not sure about the extent of Jones’ ignorance towards the team’s playbook, but the words come from a pretty reliable source — John Madden via the fine folks of Rotoworld. As the top fantasy source on the net puts it:

NBC’s John Madden said during Thursday’s Jaguars/Redskins game that WR Matt Jones didn’t know the team’s plays last season.
It’s not exactly surprising as there have been whispers about Jones’ commitment level for quite some time. Madden got the goods from David Garrard, who told him that Jones was on the right page this season and could emerge as the team’s go-to receiver.

I’m not shocked to read this either considering Jones’ off-season habits. This strikes me though as one of the comments that’s supposed to be taken as off the record. I’m guessing David Garrard won’t be too happy to hear that Madden said that over the air, but I could be wrong. Perhaps it’s best that this piece of info got out since it explains why Jones has been such a flake on the field. I’m also figuring Garrard told that to Madden to give them an example of why they should expect big things from Matt Jones this year, saying as a throw-away “Yeah, he didn’t even know the plays last year.” Still, with all the practice squad and college guys out there dying for a chance, it’s sad to see Jones wasting his talent like that. It’s an insult to the game.

Matt Jones Spells Bust C.O.C.A.I.N.E.

Apparently making money and being a first-round draft pick is all some people need to be happy in life. Oh yeah, that, and some dried up plants, white powder, and a few credit cards. We’re well late on this story as it got reported Thursday morning, but negative news pertaining to Matt Jones must not slip through the mindful watchdog eyes of LBS. Matt Jones officially laid claim to “bust” status getting arrested for felony drug possession on Thursday in Fayatteville. Matty J was detained on $2500 bond which he should be able to make without a problem given all his signing bonus money. He was caught in his car with a few dudes chopping lines of coke with a credit card, and also busted for weed at the same time. What a loser.

I’m so pleased to read this story not for the Jaguars’ sake, but because it brings some closure to the Matt Jones story. See, you really can’t fully appreciate the Matt Jones story if you weren’t a FOX Sports Radio listener or employee at the time of the 2005 draft. At that time, Jones was nothing more than a lowly Arkansas quarterback who was the star athlete on a weak team. Nobody really heard of him, and he certainly didn’t have a future in the NFL as a quarterback. But all of a sudden he became a combine stud who the scouts fell in love with because he’s tall (6’5″), ran a great 40, and could jump. Next thing you knew there was talk about Jones rising up draft boards. All of a sudden, for like three solid months leading into the NFL draft, the phone lines were flooded with Hog fans from Arkansas wanting to talk and brag about Matt Jones. “Hey, what you think about Matt Jones! Where you think Matt Jones is going to go? Woo, pig sooey, Matt Jones!” Honestly, Matt Jones practically became the network mascot. And god bless those hog fans, they were so cute the way they cherished Jones.

So yeah, when draft day did come around, the Jags used a late first-round pick to take a guy who had no position in the NFL and no receiving experience. Jones has shown flashes of being good, but he’s been a completely inconsistent stiff, catching just 101 passes and 13 touchdowns in three seasons. So, I put it to you now, Hog fans, what you think of your boy Matt Jones? A complete bust, just like we knew he’d be. But thanks for all those phone calls! You sure made times enjoyable!