Mark Jones
No. 11, 84, 89
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1980-11-03) November 3, 1980 (age 43)
Wallingford, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Wallingford (PA) Strath Haven
NFL draft:2004 / Round: 7 / Pick: 206
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:41
Receiving touchdowns:0
Return yards:3,152
Return touchdowns:0
Player stats at ·

Mark Christopher Jones (born November 3, 1980) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

Jones was also a member of the New York Giants, San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers.

College career

After leading Strath Haven High School to two PIAA state championships, Mark Jones played all over the field at the University of Tennessee, seeing action at wide receiver, safety, punt returner, and kick returner.[1] For his career, he caught 36 passes for 556 yards (a 15.4 avg.) and five touchdowns, all during his senior season in 2003. He also rushed seven times for 65 yards. As a defensive back, Jones racked up 116 career tackles, four interceptions, ten defended passes, two forced fumbles, one tackle for a loss, and one recovered fumble. On the special teams side of the ball, he returned 46 punts for 543 yards and one touchdown; he also returned four kickoffs for 138 yards and one touchdown. His longest kickoff return was 82 yards for a touchdown against the University of Alabama in his junior year (2002).[2] In his senior year, he ranked second in the SEC and third in the national standings, averaging 15.7 yards per punt return. Jones majored in psychology.[citation needed]

Professional career

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jones was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 206th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft.[3] However, he was waived on September 5, 2004.

New York Giants

Jones was then picked up by the New York Giants the next day. Jones was the primary punt returner for the Giants, starting in 14 games at the spot. He also lined up at wide receiver and defensive back occasionally throughout the season. Jones finished the season with 227 yards on 34 returns (6.7 average) and his longest return was for 29 yards. He also returned two kickoffs for 37 yards, with a long of 20 yards.[4] Jones, however did not make an impact with the Giants, and after missing the last two games with an injury, was released.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (second stint)

The Giants released Mark Jones on September 3, 2005, and he was picked up by the Buccaneers on September 7.[5][6] He played in all sixteen regular season games and the Buccaneers' only playoff game against the Washington Redskins.[7] Because of the Buccaneers' #1 defense, the opposing team was forced to punt to Jones, which is why he led the team with an NFL-best 51 punt returns for 492 yards.[8] In a game against the Atlanta Falcons, Jones returned a punt in overtime 28 yards to set up a game-winning Matt Bryant field goal. Jones returned four punts for 37 yards in the NFC Wild Card Round.[9] Following a season-ending knee injury suffered on October 21, 2007, Jones was placed on IR October 24.[10]

San Diego Chargers

On June 20, 2008, Jones signed with the San Diego Chargers.[11] He was released on August 30 during final cuts.[12]

Carolina Panthers

Jones was signed by the Carolina Panthers after the team waived wide receiver Dominique Thompson.[13] He returned 39 punts and 40 kickoffs for 1,433 yards in 2008, his only season with the team.[14] In Carolina's Divisional Round playoff loss to Arizona, he returned five kickoffs for 151 yards.[15]

Tennessee Titans

Jones was signed by the Tennessee Titans on March 18, 2009, after incumbent returner Chris Carr signed with the Baltimore Ravens.[16] The Titans released Jones on September 4.[17] He was re-signed on September 29.[18] On May 25, 2010, his contract was terminated.[19][20]

Personal life

Mark Jones was a community contributor with the Giants in 2004, helping out as a professor at the Giants' "Football 101" program in New York City.[citation needed] He also spoke to children in New York elementary schools about staying healthy and making right choices.[citation needed] In high school, he was a starting tailback and defensive back for four years at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.[citation needed] He was the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year and USA Today Player of the Year for Pennsylvania in 1999. Jones led his high school team to a 15–0 record as a senior and was named Class 3A All-State.


  1. ^ Grotz, Bob (September 30, 2009). "Delco's Mark Jones returns to Titans". Delco Times. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  2. ^ "All for Mark Jones, say aye". The Daily Beacon. July 28, 2003. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  3. ^ "2004 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved May 6, 2023.
  4. ^ "Mark Jones 2004 Game Log". Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  5. ^ Vacchiano, Ralph (September 4, 2005). "GIANTS ADD MORTON, CUT PALMER". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  6. ^ "Game Day Spotlight: Mark Jones". September 17, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  7. ^ "Mark Jones 2005 Game Log". Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  8. ^ "2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rosters, Stats, Schedule, Team Draftees". Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  9. ^ "Wild Card - Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - January 7th, 2006". Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  10. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (October 22, 2007). "Bucs lose return ace Jones for year to knee injury". Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  11. ^ "Bolts Sign PR Mark Jones, Release Four". 247Sports. June 20, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  12. ^ Williamson, Bill (August 30, 2008). "Chargers cut list". Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  13. ^ Cranston, MIke (September 1, 2008). "Panthers sign Jones to return kicks, punts". Hendersonville Times-News. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  14. ^ "Mark Jones 2008 Game Log". Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  15. ^ "Divisional Round - Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers - January 10th, 2009". Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  16. ^ "TITANS SIGN MARK JONES". NBC Sports. March 18, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  17. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (September 4, 2009). "Titans drop Mark Jones". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  18. ^ "Titans Sign Kick Returner Mark Jones, Make Other Roster Moves". September 29, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  19. ^ "Titans will release Mark Jones". NBC Sports. May 25, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2024.
  20. ^ "Tennessee Titans plan to release WR Mark Jones, C Kenny Alfred". Music City Miracles. May 25, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2024.