Julio Jones’ Titans debut was irritating, particularly for head coach Mike Vrabel.
He got here down onerous on the longtime Falcons receiver — acquired by Tennessee in a June blockbuster — whereas reacting to his private foul penalty in Sunday’s 38-13 loss to the Cardinals.
“That’s completely nothing that we coach or educate,” Vrabel mentioned Monday. “That might fall into the class of doing dumb s–t that hurts the crew, proper there, in daring letters.”
Jones’ expensive penalty — which Vrabel described as a “crucial mistake” — turned a third-and-1 right into a third-and-16.
Jones was flagged 15 yards for pointless roughness within the first quarter after a Derrick Henry 7-yard run when he shoved Cardinals defensive again Byron Murphy because the Titans trailed 10-0. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw an incomplete go and was practically intercepted, which led to the Titans punting.
The 32-year-old wideout had three catches for 29 yards after being focused six occasions, beginning within the second quarter.
The Titans picked up the ultimate three years of Jones’ Falcons contract in June, together with his $15.3 million wage this season, after he pushed for a commerce. Atlanta additionally traded a sixth-round draft choose in 2023 to Tennessee for a second-rounder in 2022 and a fourth-rounder in 2023.
Jones, a seven-time Professional Bowler, had 771 yards and three touchdowns over 9 video games final season, and was coping with nagging hamstring points. He regarded wholesome in his Titans debut.
Tennessee visits Seattle subsequent Sunday.