Charlie Jones Discusses Offseason Mentality, New Kickoff Rules: 'It's Gonna be Interesting'

Jones has a path to a lot more playing time this coming season.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Charlie Jones (15) runs with a catch in the second quarter of the NFL Week 18 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Charlie Jones (15) runs with a catch in the second quarter of the NFL Week 18 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns at Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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CINCINNATI — Bengals wide receiver Charlie Jones is entering his second NFL season with more time on his hands and an open path to increased playing time catching passes from Joe Burrow.

Jones was the team's punt returner last season, housing a kick against the Ravens as the NFL gets ready to install a whole new system on the kickoff side of things.

"I think it's gonna be interesting," Jones said about the new rules. "I think a lot of things are gonna change, you know, from when it went in to throughout the whole season, I think it's just going to be interesting throughout the preseason to see how, how people scheme and I just think it's going to be something that's so new that everyone's going to be constantly having to change. Right now something might work but two months from now might not work the same so I think it's just gonna be cool to see how it plays out."

Jones didn't catch a touchdown pass last season but he seems to have taken the right mindset into the winter and spring to set himself up for a competitive training camp.

"Have a lot more time on your hands," Jone said. "I was just making sure that I was doing the things that I needed to do. Taking advantage of that time away from here, making sure (I worked on the things) I think that I need to work on. And make sure that I was doing that as if I was still here with coaches and people and teammates around me just holding myself accountable while I'm by myself."

Jones could be the Bengals' next starting slot receiver as those roles start taking shape next month.

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