How close is Titans’ Julio Jones to his prime? Here are 10 advanced stats to compare

By John Glennon

    In landing Julio Jones last weekend, the Titans landed a wide receiver who’s twice been named All-Pro, seven times earned Pro Bowl honors and seven times topped 1,000 receiving yards.

    Jones came at reasonable compensation, with the Titans surrendering only a second-round pick in the 2022 draft and a fourth in the 2023 draft. And the cap cost? Jones’ $15.3 million cap figure is less than what the Titans would have had to pay Corey Davis if the team had picked up his fifth-year option.

    So there seem only two ways that things wouldn’t work out very well for the Titans: One is if Jones’ injury concerns of last season continue into 2021 and beyond. The other is if the 32 year-old Jones makes a quicker-than-expected decline after 10 years and 135 games in the league.

    As for the first potential concern – injury -- the seven games Jones missed last season currently make 2020 look more like an outlier than the norm. Jones had only missed a combined four games from 2014 through 2019. And the injury that sidelined him last year, a nagging hamstring, isn’t generally as significant a long-term fear as an injury to bone or ligament.

    What about age, though?

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