Studying more, Jones could be Titans' third or fourth WR
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE - I mentioned earlier I intended to write about special teams. My conversations after practice dictated I head another direction. I'll hit on the Titans coverage teams after the roster is whittled ...
Fourth-year wide receiver Brandon Jones was getting good reviews early in camp. But he wouldn't talk about it much. Consistency has been the issue with him, and he knew he'd not had enough time to prove anything on that subject.
I revisited it with him today and also spoke to receivers coach Fred Graves.
Graves said the biggest thing he's worked on with Jones is fine-tuning some of what he does out of the slot spot. The broad point of emphasis remains the same, Graves said:
"We continually talk about being consistent. Not only now in camp, but in November, he's got to be consistent. I haven't had an issue with his [route] depth and knowing what to do and reading the coverages and those types of things.
"In the past, some days he comes out and is really aggressive, he makes big-time catches, he explodes in and out of his breaks. And then other days he's kind of rounding routes off, he's nonchalant. And those are issues that we've talked about since January. Those are things he's well-aware of and we've got to fix them."
"He knows this is the year for him, that he's got to show us what he can do, what we expect him to do. And then we'll see how it works out."
Jones didn't play much in the second preseason game. He didn't record a catch, ending up out of bounds on one drifting throw from Vince Young that he did corral.
He's likely to get extensive action as the third or fourth wide receiver Friday night in Atlanta.
Jones told me he still feels like he's doing OK, doing better at giving his all, all the time.
"I have been more consistent. I've become more a student of the game. I'm working at it more. It's all about paying attention, becoming a student of the game. It's a new offense, you've got to get comfortable in it. You've got to know the concept of the offense and how it works and then you'll be able to get comfortable in it, know where you are at all times, know what you're supposed to do and why you're supposed to do it.
"You don't make plays in this league, that's what they do, they go find other people. I've seen it happen. That's why I've got to go out there every day and give it all I've got."
Halfway through the preseason, though, it's not as though Jones or his competition got a mid-term report card.
"You don't get any updates," he said. "They've got their meetings and we've got our meetings. We go in there and we correct our mistakes and they go in there and they talk about it."
I think he's very much in the mix as the third or fourth guy, and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger may well only look to three or four once the games start to count.