Don't look for Jones to jump McCareins

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by NewsGrabber, Nov 26, 2008.

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  1. NewsGrabber

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    Posted by's Paul Kuharsky NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- On the surface, it seems like an easy call to make.

    Brandon Jones is a better receiver than Justin McCareins. He should be ahead of him in the pecking order and part of the Titans starting offense.

    Jones leads Titans wide receivers with 33 catches and is putting together the best string of his four-year career.

    McCareins has missed time with a groin injury and a concussion. He's got 17 catches this season, when he doesn't seem to be as assertive as Jones or get open as much.

    But there is more that goes in to it, and reasons not to expect the Titans to change the starting receiver opposite Justin Gage.

    1) The Titans are and intend to be a run-first team and McCareins is a better run blocker than Jones.

    2) Jones is hardly the most consistently reliable guy the team has, and while he's improved recently, asking more of him may not be the right reaction.

    3) McCareins can get bigger chunks of yardage than Jones -- he's got a 14.5-yard average as compared to Jones' 10.9.

    Look for Jones to continue to be a key target for Kerry Collins, particularly on third downs.

    Perhaps as the Titans try to reassert themselves in the run game, McCareins solid blocking will lead him into situations where he can be a bigger contributor as a pass-catcher as well.

  2. GoTitans3801

    GoTitans3801 Forward Progress!

    The run-blocking point is a good one. Otherwise, I'd definitely say Jones should start over him.
  3. Bobo

    Bobo Guest

    Huh that sounds also like....Justin McCariens.
  4. Fry

    Fry Welcome to the land of tomorrow! Tip Jar Donor


    thanks to the officials he has a catch for about 30 yards when he didn't even get his feet in bounds against the texans.
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