Buccaneers HC Todd Bowles on signing WR Julio Jones: ‘It is an added luxurious’ 

Nevertheless, Bowles lauded the timing of basic supervisor Jason Licht.

“If you happen to have a look at final yr, we received beat up fairly good within the receiver room and we form of limped to the end line on the finish,” Bowles stated. “If you happen to wait till midseason you are not going to get an excellent soccer participant, you are going to be grabbing guys. Jason could be very good. We will do the good factor and attempt to get loads of depth now, so we do not have to stumble or hit a rock on the best way, attempting to win some ballgames. We have got folks that may step in that know learn how to play.”

For 10 seasons, Jones terrorized the Bucs as one of many biggest Falcons of all time. Nevertheless, accidents marred his last seasons in Atlanta and his lone yr with the Tennessee Titans in 2021, during which he missed seven video games. Thusly, the present issues at hand for Bowles regarding Jones are getting the veteran acclimated to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich’s offense and sustaining him health-wise.

“He is received to be taught the system, No. 1,” Bowles stated. “He is been in a bunch of programs proper now. He is a professional. He will be taught it; it is most likely simply the terminology. His well being has been a problem previously and he is wholesome proper now, so we’ll monitor that and stick with it and ensure he can assist us.”

The ceiling for Jones, who has 879 receptions, 13,330 yards receiving and 61 receiving touchdowns in his profession, stays excessive even when he is clearly not the identical Professional Bowl risk he was three seasons in the past. And among the many many causes for the Bucs bringing Jones aboard the reigning NFC South titlist’s ship is the hope that he can assist fill the void left by one other future Corridor of Famer.

“Effectively, he is nonetheless an excellent soccer participant,” Bowles stated. “We have got to switch Gronk’s catches. We have got an additional weapon, particularly within the crimson zone and out within the area and we’ll put him to make use of. It offers us an opportunity to be extra inventive in a few of the issues we do, and we’re blissful to have him.”

Two years after profitable the Tremendous Bowl, the Buccaneers have a “luxurious” and “an additional weapon” in an all-time nice.