Del Rio: Jones’ future with Jags remains strong

Matt Jones won’t play again for the Jaguars this season following a three-game suspension upheld by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Coach Jack Del Rio said during his weekly radio show on Tuesday that he anticipated some type of suspension and that he had met with Jones earlier in the day.

“He came and saw me this morning, and let me know the news,” Del Rio said on the Jaguars Radio Network. “And let me know how intent he is on making next year better and how intent he is on putting this behind him.”

Del Rio didn’t make it sound as though Jones’ future with the team was in question. The receiver set career highs in receptions (65) and yards (761) this season.

“He certainly kind of broke through. He had to answer the call,” said Del Rio. “He made the team, created a role and then blossomed. What we need to do now is build on that and go forward and continue to grow as a wide receiver — a former quarterback now playing wide receiver — and grow in that role.”

As for the rest of the Jaguars, the team is facing several serious injuries. Del Rio said FB Greg Jones would be placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury that will not require surgery, and the team is waiting to hear if WR Jerry Porter (groin) will be available.  He described RB Fred Taylor has having a thumb injury that is “problematic.”

“There’s a chance he won’t be able to play anymore this season,” Del Rio said. “We’ll see.”

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