Julio Jones is further down the depth chart these days than he’s historically been used to, but he seems plenty fine with that.
The former All-Pro wideout is on his third team in as many years since splitting with the Atlanta Falcons, logging two games so far with the Philadelphia Eagles after stints with the Titans and Bucs.
Jones is past his peak, but still useful enough as a depth wideout. He gives defenses enough to think about that they can’t just ignore him and direct their attention exclusively to AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith.
The 34-year-old was targeted twice in Sunday’s comeback win over the Commanders, reeling in one pass for an eight-yard touchdown. It was clear from their reactions how thrilled Jones’ Eagles teammates were that he was able to find paydirt, and Brandon Graham told the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday that goes back to his selflessness.
“You know what’s cool with Julio, me and Julio were just talking, because we’ve been sitting around waiting for that moment," Graham said. "We’re just out there working, pushing the guys and making sure we give them all the game that we can give them. I was so happy for him to get his first one, because I told him when I got my half (sack) I was so hyped to get on the board, and now he’s hyped to get on the board.
“He just wants to win a ring, man. That’s what I love. He’s just coming in, ‘However they want to use me, let them do it. I know that I’ll be ready for my moment. If I’ve got to be a decoy to get AJ open that’s what I’m doing.’ That’s where (he's) at, I love his attitude. That’s all you can ask for with a teammate like that who comes from having all this success. Now, he’s got a role, he’s a role player now, and I know he’s enjoying his role right now. I’m excited for him.”