Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Jones Active for Week 17

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' passing attack should be near the peak of its powers for their crucial Week 17 NFC South matchup. Wide receiver Julio Jones is officially active for today's showdown with the Carolina Panthers.

Jones has been in and out of the lineup all season with various ailments, missing six total games. He has totalled 289 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 329 snaps this year.

Today's game with the Panthers is an absolute must-win for both teams. A win for the Bucs or the Panthers would essentially wrap up the NFC South for either team. The Panthers dominated the Bucs 21-3 in Week 7.

Jones missed the first contest, so he could be a difference-maker. Jones has averaged an impressive 95.4 receiving yards per game over 16 appearances against the Carolina Panthers over his career.

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