Julio Jones Set to Debut For Tennessee Titans
In June, the Atlanta Falcons traded wide receiver Julio Jones, a seven-time pro bowler, to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for future draft capital, giving Jones his first-ever chance to don a new uniform in the NFL.
The Titans open its 2021 campaign against the Arizona Cardinals on September 12th in front of its home crowd at Nissan Stadium, who will be eagerly awaiting the beginning of Jones's tenure in Tennessee.
Despite not playing in any of the Titans's preseason matchups, Jones appears to finally be fully healthy again following a lingering hamstring injury last season. Reports from Titans training camp and practice have indicated Jones is back to full speed and ready to start week one.
Paired with a new quarterback in Ryan Tannehill and a new system that likes to frequently set up deep throws, Jones should see a lot of success in Tennessee as long as he can stay healthy. Joining forces with the best running back in the league in Derrick Henry and one of it's brightest emerging stars in A.J. Brown is surely a recipe for success in Jones' case.
Although the aforementioned hamstring injury kept Jones sidelined for a large portion of last season, in the nine games he played, he produced nearly 800 yards receiving. Prior to his 2020 injury, in 2019, Jones caught 99 passes for over 1,300 yards, meaning, if he can stay healthy, he is still one of the best in the league.
As one of the top teams in the AFC going into this season, the Titans have a lot of expectations to live up to. A quick exit from the playoffs in 2020 was an unexpected result for a team that was just one half away from the Super Bowl two years ago. With a new, dynamic weapon on offense in Jones and a revamped defense, Tennessee is poised for a great season.