Upon further review, former Lion TJ Jones not joining XFL

By Matt Schoch
The Detroit News
T.J. Jones spent five seasons with Lions.

Upon further review, TJ Jones is not going to the XFL.

Apparently, the rebooted football league had a mix-up on Thursday when it announced the former Lions wide receiver was joining the league. Jones' agent, Demarious Bilbo, said Friday that his brother Malachi Jones of Appalachian State is joining the league.

TJ Jones took to Twitter on Friday to dispute the report, posting: "Not sure how my name made it onto the XFL draft board but with all due respect that is currently not an option for me. I am still actively pursuing the NFL. Sorry for the confusion."

The XFL had announced more draft-eligible prospects for the league, which begins in February. The draft, which will be conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, will help establish 71-man rosters for each of the eight teams.

Jones was cut Oct. 1 by the New York Giants when former Detroit teammate Golden Tate returned from a four-game suspension. Jones played five seasons in Detroit, catching 64 passes for 814 yards and four touchdowns. He played three games with the Giants this season and caught a touchdown.

Muskegon Mona Shores quarterback Tyree Jackson is among the players jumping in the XFL draft pool.

Jackson, who played collegiately at Buffalo and went undrafted, was cut by the Buffalo Bills after training camp and reportedly worked out for the Lions after that.

Other players on the XFL draft list with local ties include: offensive linemen Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Michigan), Cole Gardner (Eastern Michigan) and Nate Theaker (Wayne State); linebackers Freddie Bishop (Western Michigan) and Jon Reschke (Michigan State); safety Tyree Kinnel (Michigan); and running back De’Veon Smith (Michigan). Wide receiver Marcus Lucas, who was with the Lions in training camp last season, is also on the list.

Former Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles and former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook were also announced as potential XFL draftees.

Matt Schoch is a freelance writer.