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Mike Vrabel Puts Julio Jones on Blast for Late Penalty vs Cardinals

Devon Platana
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel puts WR Julio Jones on blast for his late penalties during the Week 1 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel puts WR Julio Jones on blast for his late penalties during the Week 1 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The Julio Jones era for the Tennessee Titans hasn't gotten off to a good start. The Titans were blown out, 38-13, by the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. Jones was relatively absent in the loss, only garnering 3 catches for 29 yards.

After the game, head Coach Mike Vrabel voiced his disappointment with Jones' performance. Although, he was more focused on a costly penalty than anything else about his wideout's play in the Week 1 contest.

With the Titans down 10-0 in the first quarter, Jones took an unnecessary roughness penalty that turned a 3rd and 1 situation into 3rd and 16. Tennessee failed to convert on third down and never got back into the game. Vrabel didn't mince his words when asked about the penalty.

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Vrabel told reporters on Monday that Jones' penalty "would fall into the category of doing dumb s--- that hurts the team, right there, in bold letters." It definitely doesn't get more direct than that. After all, the Titans had one yard to go and have one of the NFL's best rushers in Derrick Henry on their roster, who had 98 first downs rushing last year.

To make matters worse, it wasn't like Jones had a good performance to salvage the untimely penalty. His 24.3 passer rating when targeted was far from ideal, indicating that he may need to build more chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill going forward.

Jones and his new franchise must move on, quickly. The Titans face a stiffer test next Sunday when they visit the Seattle Seahawks, who are coming off of a 27-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Tennessee enters the Week 2 clash as 5.5-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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