October 17, 2023   3 MIN READ

Yo, Julio!

Eagles Sign 7-Time Pro Bowl WR Julio Jones; Makes Moves At CB


Following their first loss, and with a monster schedule coming up, the Philadelphia Eagles are making moves to stop the bleeding of an injury riddled roster.

Adding a future Hall-of-Famer can’t hurt, as the team officially announced on Tuesday the signing of two-time All Pro wide receiver Julio Jones.

Julio Jones

Eagles sign WR Julio Jones, #16 all time in receiving yards

Jones, now 34, reunites with old teammates A.J. Brown, with whom he spent the 2021 season in Tennessee, and Olamide Zaccheus, who played alongside Jones with the Falcons from 2019-20.

Jones, a seven-time Pro Bowler, played last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished with 299 yards on 24 receptions in 10 games, five starts.

For his career, Jones has 13,269 yards and 63 touchdowns. His 87.9 receiving yards-per-game ranks second all time. He led the NFL in receiving yards twice – in 2015 (1,871) and 2018 (1,677).

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jones combined his imposing size with elite speed to become one of the NFL’smost unguardable receivers over the past decade.

Now, he joins a wideout room that, while very much set with Brown and Smith, lacks depth as No. 3 receiver Quez Watkins last week was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

While it would be unreasonable to expect Jones – who has not recorded a 1,000-yard season since 2019 – to recapture his prime glory in an offense that is already struggling to distribute equally to its weapons, he can be a safety valve for quarterback Jalen Hurts, especially in the red zone, and provide veteran leadership in the locker room.

For now, Jones will be on the team’s practice squad with elevations in the cards, per NFL Media.

The Eagles also made a move to help their struggling secondary, bringing back hybrid defensive back Josiah Scott, who was signed to the team’s 53-man roster, per his agency.

Scott, 24, spent 2021 and 2022 with the Eagles. He was released by the team in August and signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad.

To clear room for Scott, the Eagles waived second-year corner Mario Goodrich, who started working in the slot this summer after Zech McPhearson was lost for the season to an Achilles injury. But the recent additions of Bradley Roby and now Scott, along with depth a outside corner, made Goodrich expendable.

Look for Goodrich to re-sign to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Initially a core special teamer, Scott began to see significant snaps on defense in ’22 following injuries to Avonte Maddox and C.J. Gardner-Johnson, though his play was considered less than impressive.

Scott will provide a familiar presence on the defense, one that the Eagles will hope can remain healthy in a secondary currently with only one healthy safety as well as an injured Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, and Bradley Roby.

With two new players, one on the 53 and one on the practice squad, corresponding moves have yet to be announced by the team.

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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