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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Author: John GlennonMulti-media journalist with extensive expertise covering the NFL, NHL, professional soccer and more, including the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators for The Tennessean with articles, videos and podcasts. Strengths include the ability to write quick, concise and thorough analysis, as well as the ability to uncover unique human-interest stories. In working as a reporter, John developed skills that extend beyond the sports journalism world. An efficient and effective communicator, John is confident, calm and productive under deadline pressure and knows the power of the written word. John brings to Broadway Sports a work ethic second to none, an intellectual hunger, and an ability to inform and entertain readers, viewers and listeners. Reach out directly to John at: