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Jason Jones | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 275
College: Eastern Michigan
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Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team is bringing back DE Jason Jones.
A report surfaced earlier this offseason that Jones could be released to make room for free agent Ndamukong Suh. The Lions are keeping him. Jones tied a career-high with five sacks in 2014 and was especially good against the run. Hanging onto both Jones and George Johnson could be a sign the Lions are getting ready for life after Suh. Mayhew said Jones' $3.15M contract won't be restructured. Feb 20 - 8:53 AM

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Date: considers Lions LE Jason Jones a strong candidate to be released this offseason.

After rupturing his patellar tendon last season, Jones returned to start all 17 games, including Detroit's playoff loss. He was used as an early-down edge-setter against the run. Jones received positive marks in that area, but is set to count $4 million against the 2015 cap. The Lions need to pinch every penny if they're going to hammer out a mega-extension with Ndamukong Suh.
Jan 9 - 10:23 AM

Lions DE Jason Jones (knee) has been a limited participant at this week's OTAs.

He remains on track for training camp. Jones is coming off a ruptured patellar tendon sustained in Week 3 of last season. He's expected to start at strong-side defensive end and kick inside as a rusher in sub packages.
Wed, May 21, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Lions LE Jason Jones (knee) expects to be ready for the offseason program.

Jones tore his left patellar tendon in Week 3. expects him to return as the starter opposite RE Ziggy Ansah, though Devin Taylor could also be in the mix. Patellar tendon tears are tough injuries to come back from. Jones will turn 28 in May and generated just two pressures in 87 snaps last season.
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Lions placed LE Jason Jones on injured reserve with torn left patellar tendon, ending his season.

The 27-year-old end went down with a non-contact injury in Sunday's win. Signed to a three-year, $9.5 million deal in March, Jones ends his first year in the Motor City having generated just two quarterback pressures in 87 snaps (per Pro Football Focus). Andre Fluellen is taking Jones' roster spot, though Willie Young, Israel Idonije and perhaps rookie Devin Taylor will split up his role.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 02:24:00 PM

Lions LE Jason Jones tore the patellar tendon in his left knee in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins and is done for the season.

Jones was carted off in the second quarter after his knee gave out on a non-contact play. The 27-year-old wasn't creating much pressure on the quarterback through two-plus games, and he was near the bottom of Pro Football Focus' 4-3 defensive end rankings. However, Jones was a valuable veteran presence up front. Willie Young and Israel Idonije will fill in at left end for the remainder of the season. Jones signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal in March.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 04:51:00 PM

Lions LE Jason Jones was carted off the field with a left knee injury in Sunday's Week 3 game against the Redskins.

Jones' knee looked like it just gave out on him as he was rushing the passer midway through the second quarter. Willie Young replaced Jones at left end.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 02:16:00 PM

GM Martin Mayhew said Jason Jones will play defensive end on first and second down, and defensive tackle on third downs.

Versatility and ability to rush the quarterback from the inside is what landed Jones a three-year, $9.5 million deal last Wednesday. He'll start at left end in the Lions' base formation and then kick inside in the nickel. As a true three-down player, Jones is a strong bet to top his previous career-high of five sacks.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 08:11:00 AM

A source "with knowledge of the Lions' plans" says Jason Jones was not signed with the intention of starting him at defensive end.

The Lions reportedly see Jones as an inside rusher out of the nickel spot. It's something he's very capable of, but this leaves a big gap at the starting defensive end spots vacated by Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. We'll see what other additions the Lions make before projecting Jones' exact role.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Lions agreed to terms with DL Jason Jones, formerly of the Seahawks, on a three-year, $9.5 million contract.

A versatile 26-year-old who played for Lions coach Jim Schwartz in Tennessee, Jones had 10 tackles and three sacks as a reserve for the Seahawks last season. In Detroit, he'll help fill the shoes of free agent defensive linemen Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Sammie Lee Hill -- all of whom are expected to move on. Jones is a capable pass rusher than can kick inside on third downs. We suspect he will start at left end on base, early-down snaps.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 11:56:00 AM

Free agent DL Jason Jones will visit the Lions.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported on Monday that Jones was at the top of the Lions' wish list. Jones can play both end and tackle, and he could be an option to replace Cliff Avril or Kyle Vanden Bosch on the outside. He can also move inside on passing downs. Jones has been linked to five or six teams.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 06:17:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports DL Jason Jones "appears to be at the top" of the Lions' free-agent wish list.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is Jones' old defensive coordinator from Tennessee. Though not nearly the pass rusher Cliff Avril was, Jones could replace him at left end and rush the passer at defensive tackle on nickel downs. Jones' age (27 in May) and versatility make him an attractive free-agent target.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 05:49:00 PM

Free agent DL Jason Jones is reportedly drawing interest from the Giants, Lions, Browns, and Chiefs.

These clubs run a variety of different defenses, but Jones has scheme-versatile traits at 6-foot-5, 276 with both run-stopping and pass-rushing ability. Jones turns 27 in May. The Rams showed strong interest in Jones last offseason.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 11:23:00 AM mentions free agent DL Jason Jones as a potential target for the team.

Only if free agent DL William Hayes leaves via free agency would St. Louis be in need of a defensive lineman, but both Jones and Hayes have experience with coach Jeff Fisher from their Tennessee days. The Rams had Jones in for a visit last offseason, but he picked the Seahawks. Fisher likes his linemen to be able to play both tackle and end, which is precisely what Jones can do.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 04:09:00 PM

Seahawks placed DL Jason Jones (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Jones battled a sore knee all season, and coach Pete Carroll said it flared up after last week's game. He had four sacks and 10 QB hurries as an effective situational pass rusher in his first and perhaps only season with the Seahawks. He's a free agent in 2013. Undrafted rookie DT Hebron Fangupo was elevated from the practice squad to take Jones' roster spot.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 01:29:00 PM

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