Insider Scouting Report: Mark Jones

With the signing of kick returner Mark Jones, the question arises: Does he really have a chance to make the final roster? To find out, we check in with publisher Matthew Postins for an Insider scouting report. Postins has followed Jones since he entered the League in 2004 and explains what he can bring to the Chargers.

Mark Jones was one of the top return men in the NFL last season before a knee injury landed him on the injured-reserve list midseason. Jones is now healthy and ready to push Darren Sproles for return responsibilities.

Here's what publisher Matthew Postins has to say about the Chargers' latest off-season addition:
"Before Mark Jones blew out his knee last season against Detroit, he was putting up numbers comparable to the top returners in the league. In fact, had Jones finished the season at the pace he was on, he would have finished in the top five in the NFL in both kickoff and punt returns.

"Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden had long wanted to stabilize the return game and Jones did that for him, thanks to his overall speed and an improved ability to see developing holes and creases during returns.

"Jones suffered an injury similar to that of Bucs RB Carnell Williams, so the Bucs went in other directions to fill that void (re-signing Micheal Spurlock and drafting Dexter Jackson). After Jackson's selection, Jones really didn't have a place in Tampa Bay.

"His success in San Diego will rely entirely on how much of his past form he's able to recapture in 2008."
Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association.

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