The bad news is he's had to compete against them for a job.
Hampton University, is jockeying for a roster spot on his fifth NFL team. After signing with Arizona last season and spending part of the year on the practice squad, Jones is fighting to make the Cardinals and play in a regular-season game for the first time in three seasons.
"My goal is real simple — just to play every play hard and make no mistakes," Jones said. "You want to find a spot somewhere and kind of just stay, but other than that, I wouldn't necessarily say it's frustrating, because I look at it as, as long as I have opportunities, I can't complain."
After catching 96 passes (eighth all-time) for 1,359 yards and seven touchdowns for Hampton, Jones signed as an undrafted free agent with Houston in 2007. That began an NFL odyssey that has also included stints in training camp and on practice squads in San Diego, Green Bay and Indianapolis.
"It's kind of hard to adjust sometimes from one technique and then try to learn another team's technique," Jones said. "But I feel like it made me a better player, more of a complete player. … Going from team to team, meeting new guys — I just try to take different things from them, from their game, and try to add it to my game."
With the Packers, whom the Cards face tonight in their third preseason game, Jones was an understudy to Donald Driver and Greg Jennings. In Indianapolis, he watched how Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne worked. In Arizona, he's soaking up lessons from Pro Bowl wideouts Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.
"Larry is a guy that stretches the field and can (win) jump balls, and I kind of take a little bit from him as far as judgment of balls," Jones said. "(Boldin) is a great route-runner, great hands. He knows how to read (defenses), so I just try to learn from that. They're both great guys. They're teaching me a lot."
Jones showed what a good student he can be in Arizona's first preseason game in Pittsburgh on Aug. 13, catching a 20-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Palko late in the fourth quarter of the Cards' 20-10 loss. The play before, Jones made a 23-yard reception.
"I was tired out there after a couple of plays, because I'd been sitting around all game," Jones said. "My first catch, I slipped on, so I had to redeem myself. They called my number again. … I really didn't celebrate or anything, because I felt like I had a lot more to do."
Jones has made an early impact before, catching a 30-yard TD pass for the Colts in last year's Hall of Fame Game against Washington on Aug. 3. But he's yet to see that translate in a regular-season roster spot, and he doesn't know what kind of impression he's made in Arizona.
"I try not to think about it," Jones said. "Training camp is already tough enough, and it's a lot of stress. As long as I'm out there doing my job — if I get cut and I'm doing my job, then obviously it wasn't for me. But I don't want to be out there thinking about what other people think about me and having all that stress on me."
Donovan Rose, a longtime Hampton assistant now in his first year as the Pirates' head coach, still believes Jones can make it at the next level.
"He was a real good guy and worked real hard. He had great feet and legs and hands. You wanted more like that," Rose said.
"Right now he's with a slew of athletes that are probably the best in the business, Larry Fitzgerald and those guys. Hopefully he'll make it. … You just do your best, and if they like you, they'll find a way to put you in there."
Jones has three catches for 52 yards in Arizona's first two preseason games.
He might get more of an opportunity tonight as Boldin and fellow receiver Steve Breaston will be sidelined with injuries.
Jones also is focusing on trying to make an impact on special teams to prove his versatility and worth — to the Cardinals, or whoever may be watching.
"There's a lot of talent out there," Jones said. "But hopefully the fact that there's so much talent out here raises my level of play, and whenever I get my opportunity in the game, I show my capabilities.
"I just try to play every play hard and let my talents show. If anybody wants to take a chance on me, they will."
Tonight's exhibitionWHO: Packers at Cardinals.
TV: NFL Network (taped), 1 a.m.