New York Jets: Taiwan Jones easily standing out


Many football fans were pretty shocked when linebacker Taiwan Jones went undrafted. Many predicted he would have at least been a late-round pick but teams went in different directions when considering if he was to be drafted. So far during rookie mini-camp and even regular team mini-camps, Jones has stood out from the pack and continues to prove his worth to the Jets.

At 6’3″ and 245 pounds, Jones was known as a tackling machine at Michigan State. In his collegiate career, Jones contributed 183 tackles, 5.5 sacks and an interception. Considering the Jets want to start getting younger at linebacker, Jones is easily standing out to ensure he is in the conversation of making the final 53-man roster.

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If Jones continues the momentum he’s created deep in training camps this summer, he should not only make the final cut but also be used in specific defensive packages for the Jets. Considering that the Jets want to infuse their linebacker corps with youth and speed, Jones would be the perfect candidate to develop and ease into the lineup this upcoming season.

With a solid work effort and a good head on his shoulders, Jones could be quite the developmental player for the Jets over the next few years. With David Harris and Demario Davis most likely starters in 2015, Jones could be used in a rotational kind of role to keep them fresh throughout the season while also learning valuable experience in the NFL.

Overall, Jones should hopefully make the final roster and see some time on special teams while also possibly filling in as a backup linebacker on defense. If his initial performance so far continues all summer long, there is no doubt that he’ll start developing into a possible starter in a few years if all pans out well.

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