The New York Jets acquired versatile defensive lineman Chris Jones. What are they getting in him heading into training camp?
When it comes to winning football games, it’s the battle in the trenches that mostly determines who leaves a game victorious. The New York Jets added depth to their defensive line when they recently acquired Chris Jones, a defensive lineman that has experience at the end and tackle positions.
Of course, with Jones, comes one big concern. Mostly known for having a big impact on the New England Patriots in 2013 and 2014, he’s been dealing with some serious injuries. Jones missed all of 2015 with a torn calf muscle injury and did his best to bounce back the following year with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. Jones didn’t make much of an impact in the two teams he played for that season.
He’s been placed on injured reserve several times but the Jets see the potential Jones can bring to the table if healthy. They’re taking a chance on a player that will likely find his place as depth behind starters ahead of him all along the defensive line.
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Since Jones has experience across the defensive line, this bodes well for him to sub in when needed to give starters a breather or on key defensive situations that cater to his strengths. Before he was hurt, Jones was a decent pass rusher that was able to take down and pressure quarterbacks consistently.
In his two seasons with the Patriots, he totaled 46 tackles, one fumble recovery, and nine sacks. Jones hasn’t been the same player since then but hopefully, in training camp, he can put himself in a position to thrive thanks to having yet another change of scenery.
The Jets are getting a potentially decent player that brings experience to the table, which will come in handy in the long year ahead. Even though health might be an issue for Jones, if things pan out well he can be a quality signing for the Jets throughout the upcoming season.