'16 AL WR Velus Jones (Transfer)

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JAV, legit insider on TOS has this to say, “I loved Velus Jones Jr coming out of HS. I watched him live late in his senior year and he was electric. I've been puzzled as to why he hasn't been better at this level. I believe he's got a chance to be a significant contributor outside of special teams.” JAV isn’t a blind homer. He calls it like he sees it. The man knows football.
Hope so but I’m a skeptic. I mean, they don’t really play defense in the PAC 12. Hard to believe he’s going to do big things in the SEC all of a sudden.

That said, I agree that he’ll be an upgrade on special teams.
 

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Hope so but I’m a skeptic. I mean, they don’t really play defense in the PAC 12. Hard to believe he’s going to do big things in the SEC all of a sudden.

That said, I agree that he’ll be an upgrade on special teams.
People say this, but really it's not true. According to Sports Reference(Utah,Oregon,Washington,Arizona St and Cal) the Pac 12 had 5 Teams in the top 35 in Total Defense, 2 in the top 9 and 3 in the top 16. And that's in a league that loves to throw the ball around. His USC team played all 5 of those teams and went 3-2. USC had to start their 3rd string QB the majority of the season. Velus is a huge get for us.
 

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How did these defenses do out of conference vs real offenses? The whole Pac12 is down. On signing day, ESPN did a report on the decreased # of top 300 players who are leaving the west coast. These defenses may rank OK, but are they really?
 

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Hope so but I’m a skeptic. I mean, they don’t really play defense in the PAC 12. Hard to believe he’s going to do big things in the SEC all of a sudden.

That said, I agree that he’ll be an upgrade on special teams.
WR Screen/Jet Sweep. It shouldn't be hard to get him in space 1 on 1. I am really hoping Chaney can create specific plays for the in-coming players with elite open space shiftiness. Jimmy The Jet has his own damn playbook. Let it be like the Beatles said!
 

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Excluding Jones, USC's passing game averaged 12.7 yards per completion over the past 3 years. Curious about Jones' low 9.6 ypc average during his career there, I took a closer look at his numbers. Here's the breakdown:
  • 40+ yard receptions: 3 (45 (TD), 44, 40 yards)
  • 20-39 yards: 1 (22 yards)
  • 10-19 yards: 5 (19, 17, 16, 12, 10 yards)
  • 5-9 yards: 13
  • <5 yards: 14
  • TOTAL: 36 for 347 yards & 1 TD
So 3/4 of Jones' catches went for 9 or fewer yards...hope to see him flip that ratio around and average 13-15 ypc next year.

Looking at his KO returns:
  • 40+ yards: 2 (59, 100 (TD) yards)
  • 30-39 yards: 9
  • <30 yards: 70
  • TOTAL: 81 for 1,947 yards (24.0 avg) & 1 TD
 
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Excluding Jones, USC's passing game averaged 12.7 yards per completion over the past 3 years. Curious about Jones' low 9.6 ypc average during his career there, I took a closer look at his numbers. Here's the breakdown:
  • 40+ yard receptions: 3 (45 (TD), 44, 40 yards)
  • 20-39 yards: 1 (22 yards)
  • 10-19 yards: 5 (19, 17, 16, 12, 10 yards)
  • 5-9 yards: 13
  • <5 yards: 14
  • TOTAL: 36 for 347 yards & 1 TD
So 3/4 of Jones' catches went for 9 or fewer yards...hope to see him flip that ratio around and average 13-15 ypc next year.

Looking at his KO returns:
  • 40+ yards: 2 (59, 100 (TD) yards)
  • 30-39 yards: 9
  • <30 yards: 70
  • TOTAL: 81 for 1,947 yards (24.0 avg) & 1 TD
That offense literally got the OC fired (before he was effectively benched last year). Should see him be used to stretch the field even with his targets this year. I could see him being in the 20.0 YPT range by the end of the year.
 

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