Great grab Pete And John
The Seattle Seahawks signed DT/DE Jason Jones to a 1-year deal.
Jason Jones has been on my radar this off-season for a number of reasons. He was not going to go back to the Titans because they slid him to defensive end exclusively and his performance dropped because of it. In case you haven’t read my free agency preview I had this to say about him.
“DT Jason Jones – His versatility to play inside or out could put him on Seattle’s radar. He is better while playing in the interior line but he does have the ability to move outside. For his NFL career he has averaged 2.3 tackles and 0.3 sacks per game. Jason will turn 26 before the start of the Season.”
After the re-signing of Red Bryant, signing Jones was the top priority on defense in my opinion. Sure, the defense has bigger holes but it’s easier to find a couple linebackers then it is to find a player like Jason.
Stealing him away from St. Louis
The NFL Draft is still a month away and the Seahawks have already put a smack down on the Rams. For Seattle getting a guy like Jason is a luxury but for St. Louis he was a definite team need.
Yes, the Rams did sign Kendall Langford yesterday but he is a 5-technique, the position Jones played last season.
He was on my Love’ em D-Line list as well:
“DE Kendall Langford – Assuming Red Bryant re-signs with Seattle there is no way they would bring this guy in, however, if Red holds too steadfast the Seahawks could make a run at this smaller 5 technique. Kendall has averaged 2.2 tackles and 0.1 sacks per game during his career.”
Signing Langford by no means took the Rams out of the hunt for Jason Jones. If they had been able to sign Jason after adding Kendall they would have turned the defensive line from a weakness (except Chris Long) into a strength of the team.
They are now stronger on the outside but still soft and gooey up the middle.
The Seahawks have been lacking a guy who can get consistent pressure up the middle since DT Rocky Bernard left town and headed to the Giants in 2009.
Wait no more, this is a young man who can create havoc in the middle. It’s not just his sack total we are talking about. He has an ability to collapse the middle of the pocket and force the quarterback outside.
This is going to help Chris Clemons and the rest of the defensive ends get to the quarterback. It will also help the secondary because the opposing QB’s wont be able to step up and buy that little extra time it takes for the wide receivers to get open.
Jason signed with Seattle as a defensive tackle but he also has the ability to slide outside and fill in for Red Bryant at the 5-technique if need be. That versatility is something Pete Carroll loves.
Looking to prove himself
Jones struggled a bit last season playing DE for the Titans. He didn’t play poorly just not at the same level he is able to play DT. He dominates in the middle (Kind of the opposite of Red Bryant) and is looking to re-establish the fact that he is a dominate defensive tackle in this league.
He will be giving everything he has to prove he is still the player he was 2 seasons ago. I think that is why we are seeing a 1-year deal in this case.
Jason is aware that next season coming off a big year he would get a much larger contract then he will coming off a down season.
How do I see the Seahawks using him
At the DT position and he will most likely be in on passing downs and given his breathers on first or second down situations. The Seahawks do have better run stoppers (Brandon Mebane, Alan Branch) but neither of those two can get consistent pressure on the quarterback.
I look for him to be kept fresh during the games and unleashed like Bobby Boucher to create havoc up the middle (obviously different positions).
I can also see him subbing in for Big Red when he needs a break during the game. These will be like bonus snaps for Jason so I would assume that he wont mind playing outside for 5-10 snaps a game as long as they are not taking away from the time he gets to spend in the middle doing his thing.
This was a big signing and I am hopeful that not only does he have the kind of year I expect him to have but that he falls in love with the City of Seattle and the 12th Man and wants to call this place home for years to come!