Updated 05:14 AM EDT, Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Pittsburgh Steelers Claim Wide Receiver Jacoby Jones After Getting Cut By San Diego Chargers

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Wide receiver Jacoby Jones was recently claimed by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the team cut ties with Dri Archer.

CBS Local noted that the San Diego Chargers cut Jones last Tuesday after playing for the team for the first eight weeks of the present season.

According to ESPN, the Steelers acquisition was in exchange for Archer, who is a 2014 third-round pick.

It added that the move was also an important one since Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin got involved in an earlier game incident, along with Jones.

"Jones was returning a kick for Baltimore in November 2013 when Tomlin came dangerously close to tripping Jones as he streaked down the sideline. The incident, which was possibly inadvertent but open to interpretation, didn't play well in Baltimore," explained ESPN.

After the incident, Tomlin was reportedly fined $100,000 by the league.

"I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron, it provides a better perspective for me. I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play," Tomlin said in a Pittsburgh Post Gazette report.

It was also noted that Tomlin apparently has no hard feelings for Jones since he will now be the team's "primary kickoff return man and backup wide receiver."

The 31-year-old player is expected to be a great help to the team since he has a record of five kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns during his entire nine-year career.

From 2012 to 2014, he played with the Baltimore Ravens and became an All-Pro player. "He ran back one punt and one kickoff for touchdowns against the Steelers while with the Ravens," added Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Sporting News noted that Jones was instrumental in Baltimore's victory versus the 49ers during the Super Bowl XLVII. He reportedly started the second half of the game with an 108-yard kick return and "made a great adjustment on an underthrown ball from quarterback Joe Flacco to haul in a 56-yard touchdown to give the Ravens a 21-3 lead late in the first half."

For the 2013 season, his performance was still noteworthy but it became poor last year prompting the Ravens to release him.

The Chargers gave him a chance to prove himself again last March but he was not able to catch a pass for the team during the five games he participated in.

Now, the Steelers are certainly hoping that he can turn things around and bring back his great performance on the field.

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