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Datone Jones | Defensive Lineman

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 285
College: UCLA
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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. Jul 4 - 8:47 PM

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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.
Feb 21 - 10:52 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.
Jan 7 - 6:49 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

Packers signed No. 26 overall pick RE Datone Jones to a four-year, $7.71 million contract.

The Packers believe they've finally found Cullen Jenkins' replacement in Jones, who can rush the passer and play stoutly versus the run from a variety of D-Line positions. Based on his tape study of Jones at UCLA, NFL Films' Greg Cosell has predicted Jones "will develop into a better pass rusher in the NFL than he was in college." Jones will be Green Bay's starting right end on base downs.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 08:03:00 PM

Packers selected UCLA DL Datone Jones with the No. 26 overall pick.

They finally replace Cullen Jenkins. Jones (6-foot-3 7/8, 283) totaled 13.5 career sacks, 36.5 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles as the lynchpin of UCLA's defense, playing both 3-4 end and three-technique tackle. Jones has short arms (32 3/4") not unlike 2012 first-rounder Melvin Ingram, but plays with aggression and active hands. Jones showed short-area explosion at the Combine with a 1.63 ten-yard split, also repping 225 pounds 29 times. Greg Cosell has compared Jones to a smaller Richard Seymour. He's going to be primarily an inside pass rusher for a Green Bay team looking to get bigger and more physical on defense.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 11:00:00 PM

UCLA DE Datone Jones ran a 4.80 official forty at the Combine and was a top-five performer among defensive linemen in the 20-yard shuttle (4.32).

Jones, who goes a squatty 6-foot-4, 283, repped 225 pounds on the bench 29 times, posted a 9-foot-4 broad jump, and leaped 31 1/2 inches vertically. The Combine workout is roughly as expected. Though somewhat limited athletically, Jones plays with a relentless motor and was highly productive for UCLA coach Jim Mora, registering 19 tackles for loss and 6 1/2 sacks as a senior.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 12:22:00 AM