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Position: Defensive Tackle
Weight: 276 lbs
Birthdate: May 23, 1986
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
College: Eastern Michigan
A few months ago when the NFL Free Agency period was underway we were hearing the St. Louis Rams were considered the front runners for Jason Jones. His former coach Jeff Fisher was now in St. Louis, and would push hard for his services.
Then things turned. The Rams signed defensive tackle Kendall Langford to a four-year, $24 million deal, including $12 million in guaranteed money.
As an outstanding athlete in high school and college at Eastern Michigan, defensive end/tackle Jason Jones was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2008 NFL Draft.
He has played all four of his NFL seasons with the Titans, and was recently signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks on March 17.
Jones got his fair share of playing time as a rookie in 2008, and his first real big opportunity came in Week 16 when he started over injured teammates Albert Haynesworth and Kyle Vanden Bosch.
He came up big with 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Jones finished the season with 31 tackles and five sacks. He was barely seen in the following year due to shoulder injury, but in 2010 and 2011 he was a factor on the Titan’s defense.
Although none of his previous seasons matched that of his rookie year, he played well enough to keep his starting job and gain interest in Seattle head coach Pete Carroll.
Jones made a transition to defensive end in the 2011 season, but he is far more productive at the defensive tackle position.
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With his one-year deal, Jones is set to prove himself worthy of a long-term contract next season.
Pass rush was a major concern entering this season, and the Seahawks grabbed Bruce Irvin from the draft to help fix that area.
It is an excellent thing that Jason Jones has experience playing the defensive tackle position, which would be a more likely fit now that Pete Carroll has solidified the edge of the defensive line.
Jones’ primary role as a pass rusher will be in the nickel defense.
He has the potential to be a great replacement for Raheem Brock as well if they use him outside in pass rush situations. Of course more than likely he’ll line up inside on third downs.
It would be great if he put up Brock type numbers though that’s for sure (9 sacks).
His explosiveness off the line, his LONG arms, and his ability to get past the offensive line will really help him come up with the big plays. Jones was a danger to opposing quarterbacks during his time at Tennessee.
Reports from the offseason workouts say that Jones is already playing well above expectations.
Expect him to come out big in the 2012 season and earn that long-term contract that he has been working hard for.
“We’re hoping that we can really feature him in all of our nickel package stuff and also fit him in to other situations that will suit him,” Carroll said during a conference call.
“I have a lot of faith in him and I know that he’s excited to get out there and show everyone else what he can do on defense.”