New Orleans Saints Sophomore Spotlight: Seantavius Jones


Seantavius Jones, a man many feel will impress at training camp and eventually find his way into the New Orleans Saints rotation of wide receivers when it’s finally time to trim down the roster to 53.

With Kenny Stills now out of the picture, there will be no better opportunity for the second-year talent.  Today, we highlight the Valdosta State product as part of our ‘Sophomore Spotlight’ series.

There’s a reason Sean Payton kept Jones around on the practice squad as a rookie, there’s also a reason he didn’t make the final roster.  But like many of the fans and media believe, I can see the kid taking a giant leap forward in 2015.  There’s a third wideout spot up for grabs, and he’ll be right there in the mix, in hopes of winning that job at training camp.

Between organized team activities and minicamp, he’s impressed up to this point.  He said he’s feeling more comfortable in his second year, thinking less and performing better.  Payton has already praised Jones for his ability to go up and get the ball, something he did quite well in college.

He was a staple in Valdosta State’s offense.  As a freshman, he played in all eleven of the team’s games, racking up 11 catches for 124 yards and a score.  In 2011, Jones saw a little more action totaling 32 snags for 551 yards and six touchdowns, earning himself Second-team All-Gulf South honors.

As a junior, he took the next step, catching 51 passes for 922 yards and finding the end zone 13 times, earning a First-team All Gulf-South selection.  In 2013, Jones earned himself another First-Team honors.

Looking at his measurements (6-foot-3, 200 pounds), Seantavius Jones is an ideal fit to become an every-week option for the Saints as a red zone target, especially with a somewhat noticeable decline in the performance of Marques Colston, who is currently safe as the No. 1 receiver.

However, while he is nowhere near that type of success just yet, he will get his shot.  It won’t be easy, as New Orleans is currently home to nine other receivers looking to fill that void after Colston and Brandin Cooks.  Jones’ biggest competition should come from a guy who often finds himself in the same conversation, Brandon Coleman, another 2014 undrafted free agent with monstrous potential.

The talent is there and the ceiling is high.  And as long as Drew Brees is in the Big Easy doing what he does by spreading the ball and making everybody around him better, which we’ll likely see more of after the Jimmy Graham trade, there really is no better opportunity for Seantavius Jones.

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