Aug 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones (19) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
According to multiple reports, the Indianapolis Colts will be hosting wide receiver Donald Jones for a visit on Wednesday. Jones spent the last three years with the Buffalo Bills, where he had a nice season as a complementary player last year, catching 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns.
Jones signed a three-year deal with the New England Patriots this offseason after they lost Wes Welker, and oddly enough, he’s already been waived. On Tuesday, Jones went and visited one of the Colts’ nemesis–the Tennessee Titans–but they would seem like a poor fit due to all the young talent they have at the WR position.
The Colts make a lot more sense for Jones, seeing as they have Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, and Darrius Heyward-Bey and no other roster spots really locked in after that. ESPN AFC East blogger Mike Reiss gave a scouting report on Jones:
“The first thing is his frame — he is 6-foot-0 and 208 pounds. Doesn’t stand out from a length standpoint, or a speed standpoint, but has a sturdy build. In 7-on-7 drills in spring camp, he had one play that stood out — a nice reaching-over-his-head touchdown underneath the goal posts. That showed some solid hands. But he was slowed by an undisclosed injury late in camp, which gave an opportunity for rookie Kenbrell Thompkins to take reps at the Z receiver spot, and the coaches liked what they saw. So with Jones due a $200,000 reporting bonus at the start of training camp, the Patriots decided to move on. When with the Bills, Jones had some of his best games against the Patriots. That contributed to the Patriots initially signing him this offseason.”
Jones is a 6’0″ 208 pound receiver out of Youngstown State who is only 25 years old. The Colts might think he is somewhat of a diamond in the rough, and if they are interested in signing him now, it’s fair to wonder if they also had interest earlier this offseason. He seems like a great bargain and if he does wind up inking a deal with the Colts, he has a good chance to take the #4 or #5 receiver spot.