Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia Eagles have signed experienced NFL campaigner Julio Jones on a one-year deal to further bolster head coach Nick Sirianni’s Lincoln Financial Field roster for the season. The Eagles have started the 2023 season in great fashion, going 6-1, with their first loss coming via a surprise defeat to the New York Jets, a loss that Sirianni will hope is just an errant blip.
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The Eagles have secured a real talent by bringing in 34-year-old Jones, who is still very much a player capable of making an impact in the NFL. Jones was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2011, and he spent ten seasons at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Jones then spent one season at the Tennessee Titans and the last campaign at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is a seven-time NFL Pro Bowl pick.
On whether Jones can still cut it at his age, Sirianni was emphatic in his response;
"You can look at the stats, you can do all those different things, but it's about putting the tape on and seeing what you see and what you think,"
"Seeing him work out the other day, we were like, 'Yeah, he's still got a lot of pop in his legs.' We're excited about that."
On the extent of his involvement in the starting set-up, Sirianni added;
"The role that he's playing, more of a supporting role rather than a highlighted role, and we'll see how it continues to shape up,"
"But we know that he still has the ability to make plays and we're going to need him to make plays."
Jones commented on his readiness to hit the ground running, stating;
"The biggest thing for me is going out there and learning as much as I can right now,"
"Wherever the team needs me to fill in at, I'm willing to do. I'm a veteran. I can move around (the offense), whatever the case may be." Jones added.
When asked about how much time he ‘had left’ in the game, Jones responded, rightly, in a curt fashion;
"Keep watching. I'm not going to make any expectations but keep watching, and I can show you. We'll revisit this question.”
"This is a very balanced offense. Explosive, whether it's the running game or the passing game. All the way around. Offensive line looks amazing. There's no weak point on the offense. But we still have to be accountable each and every week and do our jobs."
Having lost to the Jets, Sirianni will be looking to his team to bounce straight back as they take on the Miami Dolphins in NFL Game Week Seven. That game won’t be an easy one with Mike McDaniel’s side also starting the season with a bang, the Dolphins being 5-1 thus far.