Julio Jones’ first decision as a Titan is a big step in the right direction

By John Glennon

    Outside of a couple veteran special teamers, he was the oldest player on the practice field during Thursday’s OTA session.

    In an offseason that’s been notable for the number of NFL veterans who’ve steered clear of their respective team facilities, newly acquired Titans wide receiver Julio Jones made headlines for a different reason: his presence.

    How easy would it have been for the 32 year-old Jones to skip this voluntary, run-of-the-mill session, just as many of the team’s established vets – like Derrick Henry, Rodger Saffold, Jackrabbit Jenkins and Geoff Swaim among others – chose to?

    This is Julio Jones, for goodness’ sake, a seven-time Pro Bowler and a receiver who’s piled up nearly 13,000 receiving yards during his 11-year NFL career. Did he really need to be out there sweating through a sticky June afternoon at St. Thomas Sports Park, alongside the likes of Adam Coon, a college wrestler auditioning as an offensive lineman?

    But there was Jones, running downfield on the Titans’ first seven-on-seven play of the day, cutting across the middle and taking a pass from his fellow 32 year-old, Ryan Tannehill, in a scene Tennessee fans hope will be repeated dozens upon dozens of times in the future.

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