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Former Alabama, Miami Dolphins WR Christion Jones to play Canadian Football

Former Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones (No. 22) vs. Ole Miss in 2013: Cedric Mason- TDAL Magazine

A former Alabama star is about to cross to the northern border.

Wide receiver Christion Jones will get another chance at a professional career, as he signed a free agent contract on Tuesday with the Toronto Argonauts. He was not taken in seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft and despite signing with the Miami Dolphins, Jones was cut twice from the team.

His numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine showed a player with potential. Jones was clocked at 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash, while displaying a 32.5″ vertical and a broad jump of 119 inches.

He was a reliable target and return man in four seasons at Alabama (2011-14).

Jones brought in 85 receptions for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns. He broke out as a sophomore in 2012, recording 27 catches for 368 yards and four scores in 14 games.

The Crimson Tide would go on to win a SEC championship and a national title.

Fielding, vision and acceleration made him exceptional on special teams. Jones finished with 1,727 kick return yards, 719 punt return yards and five total touchdowns. Alabama’s meeting with Virginia Tech to open the 2013 season (junior year) had fans on the edge of their seats when Jones had the ball. He chimed in with three total touchdowns, including a 94-yard kick return and a 71-punt return for scores. Jones navigated the Tide to a 35-10 victory over the Hokies in Atlanta.

Jones captured 631 kick return yards, 321 punt return yards and three scores in 2013, earning him SEC’s special teams player of the year and a first team All-SEC status from the conference’s coaches.

Jones joins ex-Alabama quarterback Blake Sims as the second Tide player to sign with the Argonauts. Sims was signed on May 28, 2015, but was released just 10 days later.

Prior to college, Jones was a four-star prospect at Minor High School in Adamsville, Ala.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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