3. Julio Jones is still going to contribute at a high level
Will the LA Chargers get the prime version of Julio Jones that existed five years ago? Probably not. But are they going to get some washed version of Jones that is not even close to being what he once was? Also, probably not.
Maybe by the third season he would take a step back but a step back for Jones is probably still an 800-yard season. Age is not a huge deal with Jones, especially with how football is currently played and the fact that he still produced at a very high level in the nine games he played last season.
This is coming from someone who always harps about bringing in old players that regress. Jones should thrive in LA, not regress.
Jones still averaged 85.7 yards per game and caught 51 of his 68 targets. If he would have played all 16, at that pace, Jones would have finished with 1,371 yards and 90 receptions. That is quite the season is you ask me.
Jones’ numbers will inevitably go down slightly in sharing the targets with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams but just imagine that offense for a second. Allen can operate full-time in the slot and become the most lethal slot receiver in the league while Julio does his work outside and Williams becomes the deep-ball option.
It is truly beautiful and then it also makes it easier to implement in Josh Palmer when Williams leaves after the season as they will still have Allen and Jones.
Trading for Julio Jones is a no-brainer.