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When last seen in the NFL, WR Matt Jones was the Jaguars' leading receiver. He probably won't hold that same role in Cincinnati, but the hope is he'll be an effective complementary target in the Bengals' offense. Jones, 26, is more possession receiver than deep threat; he's never had a reception longer than 49 yards, and only three of his 166 career receptions have exceeded 40 yards. But the 6-6, 218-pound Jones' size can make him an asset on shorter routes when facing tight coverage. Nothing is assured for Jones in Cincinnati. He spent last season out of football after the Jaguars released him in March '09 not long after he violated the terms of his plea agreement stemming from an arrest for cocaine possession in July '08, and his Bengals contract is for just one season. Also, a recent Yahoo! Sports report quoted an anonymous team source who said that Jones' workout was far from impressive. But Jones joins a club starved for receiving help, and if he plays like he did in 2008, when he caught a career-high 65 passes in 12 games, the Bengals' one-year flier could pay off quite well.
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