WR - FA
Week 5 Outlook
Jacoby Jones was released by the Chargers on Tuesday.
The veteran kick returner/wide receiver was released by the Bolts even after the team lost Keenan Allen and Branden Oliver for the season (both handled kick/punt return duties during Jones' absence when injured).
Return specialist Jacoby Jones will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury. Keenan Allen will likely assume punt return duties yet again, despite muffing one catch in Week 2.
Jones has no real value as a receiver in this offense, meaning this has more impact on the San Diego D/ST than it does for him as a WR.
Working as a pure return specialist, Jacoby Jones didn't see a single snap as a receiver in Week 1. He also left the game in a walking boot and has since been diagnosed with an ankle sprain. The severity of the injury is unclear. At this point his availability against Cincinnati is questionable at best.
There are many mouths to feed in a pass oriented Chargers offense, but Jacoby Jones isn't one of them. This injury says more about the Chargers D/ST upside than it does about his value as a receiver.
According to head coach Mike McCoy, it sounds like Jones will have a relatively limited role on offense. "He is going to add an exciting dimension to our football team in the return game, which is something we had to definitely improve upon from last year. We are also going to find ways to use him on offense."
As Jones has continued to prove over the course of his career, his best attributes are suited for special teams. The 31 year old return specialist will play a limited role at WR as a vertical threat for the Chargers in 2015.
Former Baltimore Ravens kick returner/wide receiver Jacoby Jones did not stay unemployed for long. Nine days after being released from the Baltimore Ravens, Jones signs a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.
As a wide receiver, Jones had a slump during the 2014 season with only nine receptions for 131 yards. He also dealt with dropped passes early in the season. He is best known as the "Mile High Miracle" and for his many explosive, 100+ return sprints heading to the goal line.