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Datone Jones | Defensive Lineman | #95

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 285
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (26) / GB
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Datone Jones said he is "loving" his switch to outside linebacker.
Jones moved to the outside midway through last year, so this offseason has been his first real chance to learn the position. "Now, I’m excited because I actually do get a full season to learn coverages," Jones said, "learn how to cover tight ends and running backs. Just rush from different angles." The Packers declined Jones' fifth-year option earlier this offseason, making this a contract year for the 2013 first-round pick. A big sack total could earn him quite a bit of money. Jun 30 - 8:34 AM
Source: Packers.com

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Datone Jones worked with the outside linebackers at Monday's minicamp.

Jones spent most of his first three seasons as a 3-4 end but the Packers plan to use him exclusively as an edge rusher this year. The Packers declined Jones' fifth-year option, making this a contract year for the 2013 first-round pick. Jones totaled 20 tackles and three sacks last season.
Jun 6 - 1:41 PM

The Packers declined DE Datone Jones' fifth-year option for 2017.

Packers GM Ted Thompson has yet to exercise any of his first-round picks' fifth-year options, also declining Nick Perry and Derek Sherrod's. All three have been easy decisions (and not great draft picks). Jones posted 20 tackles and three sacks last year, and has yet to become more than a rotational player.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 4:28 PM

The Packers will continue to use Datone Jones as an edge rusher.

Green Bay started using Jones on the edge midway through last season, and coach Mike McCarthy liked "what he did out there." A former 3-4 end, Jones will likely have to drop some weight as he transitions into more of an edge role. The 2013 first-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie deal, but the Packers could pick up his fifth-year option.
Source: ESPN
Mar 26 - 11:22 AM

Packers DC Dom Capers has begun to use Datone Jones as an edge rusher.

The switch happened two games ago with the Packers struggling to get to the quarterback, and Jones responded with two sacks, five hurries and a batted pass against the Vikings. After the big game, Jones should see more snaps moving forward.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 10:46:00 AM

Packers activated DE Datone Jones from the reserve/suspended list.

The situational pass rusher should be in for 25-35 snaps against the Seahawks this weekend.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 05:43:00 PM

Packers DE Datone Jones' one-game suspension is related to a marijuana offense.

Just a couple hours after the Packers returned from their NFC Championship Game loss at Seattle, Jones was ticketed for marijuana possession. He was issued a citation, was convicted Feb. 10 and paid a $880 fine.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 10:34:00 AM

NFL suspended Packers DE Datone Jones one week for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The league is ramping up its Fourth of July weekend news dump. Green Bay's 2013 first-rounder, Jones played 385 snaps last season as a situational pass rusher. Jones has just five sacks through 32 NFL games. His absence won't exactly be a deal-breaker against Chicago in Week 1.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Datone Jones (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 7.

Jones missed last week after suffering an ankle injury Week 5, but was expected back this week. The former first-round pick had one sack and five hurries in 143 defensive snaps before going down.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Packers DE Datone Jones left Thursday night's Week 4 game against the Vikings with a right ankle injury.

Jones was carted off in the second quarter and is done for the night. Luther Robinson has replaced him at left end.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 09:44:00 PM

The Packers are counting on 2013 first-round pick Datone Jones to start at end in their base 3-4, and tackle in the nickel defense.

The coaching staff wants Jones to be an every-down player after a disappointing, ankle-injury-marred rookie year. A ballyhooed prospect coming out of UCLA last season, 24-year-old Jones will start opposite Mike Daniels with B.J. Raji at nose tackle. With Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Brad Jones, and A.J. Hawk at linebacker, Green Bay's front seven has potential on paper.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 12:58:00 AM

Packers second-year DE Datone Jones expects to "break out this season."

Jones played just 13 percent of snaps as a rookie. The Packers have moved on from free agent Johnny Jolly, leaving Jones, Julius Peppers, and Mike Daniels to form a rotation outside of NT B.J. Raji. Jones managed 3.5 sacks last season despite limited playing time and has potential to emerge as Green Bay's best lineman. The Packers are counting on in-house improvement from their front seven after finishing as a bottom-ten defense in 2013.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 08:47:00 PM

Coach Mike McCarthy expects second-year DE Datone Jones to make a "huge jump" in 2014.

Jones played just 276 defensive snaps as a rookie after being the 26th pick in last year's draft. The Packers are expected to let both Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji walk in free agency, opening up plenty of playing time for Jones. Green Bay wants to get younger and faster on defense. Jones was a year-one disappointment but is a candidate to make a huge sophomore leap.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 10:52:00 AM

Packers 2013 first-round pick Datone Jones finished his rookie year with zero starts, playing just 22 snaps combined over Green Bay's final three games.

Offseason reports were all glowing concerning Jones, but he suffered a high ankle sprain that went undisclosed early on and was never the same. Jones admitted during the season that he had a lot of technique improvement to do. He'll be a candidate for a second-year leap, but was clearly a major first-year disappointment for a Green Bay front seven that struggled all season.
Tue, Jan 7, 2014 06:49:00 AM

Packers first-round RE Datone Jones is up to 295 pounds, and "looks every bit the part of a model defensive end for the 3-4 defense."

The praise comes from longtime Packers beat writer Bob McGinn, who's among the most respected in the business. Tipping the scales at 295 is no small matter after Jones weighed in at 277 in March. "(Datone looks) very good, very comfortable," coach Mike McCarthy said. "Definitely carries his pads." Jones is expected to open the season as the Packers' starting right end.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 10:53:00 AM

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