The Panthers are trying to convert Freddie Jones into more of a blocking tight end. How's it…
Jones abruptly retires
Initially, it appeared as though Carolina had brought Jones in to partially fill the void left by Muhsin Muhammad's departure. Jones is a big body, and can catch the ball well – he led all NFC tight ends in receptions in 2003. However, the Panthers wanted him to improve on his blocking technique; something he never was astute at during his pro or college career.
There won't be any fallout because of Jones' retirement; In fact, it might help the Panthers in the long run. Instead of keeping Jones and not using him, they'll be able to use his roster spot for a younger player and allow them to develop.
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