Fantasy spin: Jaguars release WR Jones

Matt Jones

Matt Jones

The Jacksonville Jaguars have cut WR Matt Jones, who recently was released from an Arkansas jail for violation of his probation.

The collegiate quarterback-turned-NFL wide receiver developed into a viable option in fantasy land last season, catching 65 passes for 761 yards despite missing four games. He was absent for three of those contests because of a league-imposed suspension.

With Jones out of the mix, the Jaguars become very thin at wide receiver. Dennis Northcutt, who had a strong finish to last season while Jones was suspended, becomes the team’s new No. 1 option. The veteran could be worth as much as a middle- to late-round pick.

Mike Walker, a viable low-end fantasy sleeper, is now in line to start opposite Northcutt. Troy Williamson would be the favorite to serve as the Jaguars’ third option.

Of course, the team likely will take a long look at Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree and Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin with the No. 8 overall selection in April’s draft.

As for Jones, it could be hard for him to find a team that wants to take a chance on a talented but troubled wideout who could be facing another league-imposed suspension.

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