Murphy was available for only a "conditional late round pick", while Jones was fairly coveted as a FA. In the end, maybe Murphy will prove to be better, but it's waaaaay too early to make any such pronouncements about which one would have been a better signing.
Have to agree with Ravor. Jones might just suprise us.
I'm not real high on the Jacoby signing, but maybe he'll pan out in Baltimore. Who knows. I doubt it...but I've been wrong before.
Im not ready to call Jones a bust by any means, but if youre asking me who id rather have, its Murphy, and thats even considering wed have to used a pick for him. He has the same big play potential but surer hands and is more consistent. Coming from a team with a not so good passing attack he stood out vs Jones coming from a great offense and never standing out. Doesnt mean Jones cant be good here but without a doubt i would have rather had Murphy.
The #3 WR in this offense is really like the 6th option anyway so it really doesn't matter who it is.
Lots of Raiders fans seem to suggest that Murphy, while capable of running deep routes, has so-so hands and is not good in traffic. Of course, the same may be said of Jacoby Jones. If given the choice today, I'd take Murphy, but I think it's a close enough call that we can wait to see how it plays out before getting too upset.
Cam has to be loving this trade. Now he's got two legit deep threats.