Some described Jones as the next Michael Irvin, but that was an unfair parallel to draw. Not because Irvin is a Hall of Famer. Jones' physicality wasn't overplayed -- he's bigger than some tight ends and one of the best blockers at his position already -- so much as his vertical speed was undersold even after he blazed the Lucas Oil Stadium turf at the Combine.
He did it again three months into the 2011 season, torching the Colts for two long touchdowns, including an 80-yarder and added scores of 29, 47 and 75 yards. Teams know they can't single cover Jones and get away with it. Trouble is, he blows up zone coverage because he can outrun linebackers and run through defensive backs, and his height and arm length are assets catching in traffic. Jones did have lapses and drops common for rookies, but his role is likely to balloon as Tony Gonzalez steps aside.