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« on: Jul 10, 2008 at 10:43 »

Jones faces felony drug charge, suspected of cocaine possession

Associated Press

Updated: July 10, 2008, 11:16 AM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones faces a felony drug charge in his former college town after police say officers found him cutting up cocaine with a credit card Thursday morning.

The 25-year-old Jones and two other former Arkansas football players were inside a Toyota SUV in Fayetteville just after 12:40 a.m. Thursday when officers approached. Officers saw a card covered in a white powder in Jones' lap as he used a credit card to scrape it, a police report said.

Officers opened the door and ordered Jones to put his hands in the air. According to the report, Jones kept his left hand out of view, forcing at least one officer to draw his handgun.

Jones, 25-year-old Jared Hicks and 26-year-old Benjamin Cook were arrested. Officers say they searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag filled with a white substance that tested positive for cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue.

Officers questioned Jones and he acknowledged the white powder was cocaine, the report said.

The team was waiting to learn details of the case before commenting.

"We're trying to investigate that now," Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said of Jones' arrest. "We don't have all the facts. We will comment on that once we have all the facts."

Jones was being held Thursday at the Washington County jail on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance.

Officers say Hicks had a small plastic straw coated with suspected cocaine behind his ear. Both Cook and Hicks face misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Neither was in jail Thursday morning, officials said.

Jones was a star quarterback at Arkansas, throwing for 5,857 yards and running for 2,535. He was a first-round draft pick in 2005, and the Jaguars made him a wide receiver.

Jones caught 77 passes for 1,075 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two pro seasons, but struggled in 2007. Early last season, Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio publicly questioned Jones' on-field demeanor, indicating that he was taking plays off and pouting when he didn't get the ball.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 10, 2008 at 10:54 »

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Editor's note: Chris Mortensen's son, Alex, is a redshirt freshman quarterback at Arkansas in competition for Matt Jones' vacant position.

Steve Young, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, has long told me that one of these days there will be a football player so unique, so gifted and so different that he will cause some consternation among the NFL types who judge and coach the most talented football players in the world.

"And it's going to be up to those people, especially some offensive coordinator, to think outside the box and figure out what to do with a guy like that," Young said.

He didn't know it at the time, but Young was talking about someone available in the 2005 NFL draft -- a guy I believe is the best player in the draft.

Matt Jones is that player. Yes, the Arkansas quarterback NFL evaluators have been struggling to figure out.

Some have called him the most "intriguing" player in the draft. Or, as one personnel director asked me last week, "How's The Freak?"

Jones is a freak. Let's just remind you of his measurables again, as now officially recorded from his scouting combine and pro day workouts.

Height: 6-6
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 10, 2008 at 11:01 »

In all fairness to Mort! Mort! Mort!, the 2005 draft top 10 did suck balls royally...

1 Alex Smith  QB Utah San Francisco 49ers  
2 Ronnie Brown  RB Auburn Miami Dolphins  
3 Braylon Edwards  WR Michigan Cleveland Browns  
4 Cedric Benson  RB Texas Chicago Bears  
5 Cadillac Williams  RB Auburn Tampa Bay Buccaneers  
6 Pacman Jones  CB West Virginia Tennessee Titans  
7 Troy Williamson  WR South Carolina Minnesota Vikings  
8 Antrel Rolle  DB Miami (Fla.) Arizona Cardinals  
9 Carlos Rogers  DB Auburn Washington Redskins  
10 Mike Williams  WR USC Detroit Lions  

I thought the Auburn guys would rock, but they've been hurt/ineffective/  Edwards has been pretty good.  None of the rest are top-10 talent, IMO.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 10, 2008 at 14:40 »

Whoops! Doubt he will serve time, but this might be a problem for his career. Probably gonna get cut( no pun intented), for sure gonna be in the NFL substance abuse program, facing likely suspension, and looking at legal issues. Way to go bud. At least it was the stupid Jagoffs.
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 10, 2008 at 15:46 »

SING MORT JANES!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 14, 2008 at 10:27 »

Some athletes are just more graceful than others. Joe DiMaggio made baseball look easy. Pete Rose made it look like work. Jones is more DiMaggio than Rose.

As it turns out, he's more Darryl Strawberry.  
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