Early Sunday morning, the fine people over at Pro Football Focus released their annual “Team of the Preseason”, which lists the highest graded players from the preseason at each position.
On their All-Preseason defensive team, WR J.J. Jones was named as the team’s KR/PR after he graded out with an above-average 81.9 rating for his play in the month of August.
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As a kick returner, Jones took six kicks back for an average of 22.8 yards. As a punt returner, Jones returned seven kicks for an average of 12.8 yards but made his biggest splash by taking a punt 72 yards for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks.
It’s not entirely sure if Jones has completely won the return job over incumbent Travis Benjamin, but it would make the retention of Jones that much more confusing if not as he adds almost nothing to the team from a wide receiver standpoint. If anything, I think the team would like to see how Jones handles some returns in the regular season before deciding just how much he’s worth as a special teams player.