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Datone Jones | Defensive Lineman | #56

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 288
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (26) / GB
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49ers released DE Datone Jones.
Because the trade deadline has passed, he will be subject to waivers. The 2013 first-round pick lasted three games with the 49ers, his third team this season. Jones was likely cut to make room for Tank Carradine (ankle), who is eligible to return from injured reserve. Tue, Nov 21, 2017 12:39:00 PM

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Lions released DE Datone Jones.

Wednesday brought a flurry of roster activity to the Lions, who released Jones, George Johnson and Caraun Reid while bringing in Bryce Harris, Brad Kaaya and Jacquies Smith. Jones didn't see the field during his eight-day tenure with the Lions. The former first-round pick will hope to resurface as a situational pass-rusher.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 06:54:00 PM

Lions signed DE Datone Jones.

A first-round pick of the Packers in 2013, Jones spent the offseason with the Vikings, so he just needs a stint with the Bears to complete his NFC North bingo card. Minnesota released Jones with an injury settlement because of a shoulder issue, but he is apparently healthy now. He should help out as a situational rusher for Detroit.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 09:05:00 AM

Vikings released DE Datone Jones with an injury settlement.

This has been in the works since last week. The Vikings are moving on from Jones despite signing him to a one-year, $3.75 million deal this offseason. Jones should draw interest from 3-4 based teams when healthy.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 07:04:00 PM

Vikings placed DE Datone Jones on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

Jones was the 26th pick in the 2013 draft by the Packers. He flopped in Green Bay and signed with the Vikings in March. Jones may get an injury settlement at some point this fall once he gets healthy enough to play.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 02:58:00 PM

Vikings signed DE/OLB Datone Jones, formerly of the Packers, to a one-year, $3.75 million contract.

Jones made little impact as a 2013 first-rounder in Green Bay, but is coming off his strongest season. The increased effectiveness came after Jones converted from defensive end to outside linebacker, though a switch back to end will be in the cards for the 4-3 Vikings. He also expects to play some thee-technique tackle. Jones is unlikely to be an impact signing in Minnesota.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 05:24:00 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Datone Jones is visiting the Vikings on Monday.

A first-round pick of the division-rival Packers in 2013, Jones has recorded just nine sacks in 59 NFL games, but his production from a hit and hurry standpoint increased following a move to outside linebacker. He could prove to be a low-cost, upside signing.
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Packers OLB Datone Jones recorded a sack and two quarterback hits in the preseason opener.

It was a good debut for a player making the switch from the defensive line to Green Bay's "elephant" outside linebacker spot. He also spent some time as an interior rusher Friday night. "Datone's having a good camp," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after the game. "I feel very good about where he is." Entering the final year of his deal after the Packers declined his fifth-year option, Jones could make himself a lot of money with a big season.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 10:02:00 AM

Datone Jones has shed 16 pounds as he transitions from 3-4 end to outside linebacker.

His body-fat percentage is down from 25 percent to 16.5, while his actual weight is at 269 from 285. The Packers are looking to get more impact from their 2013 first-rounder after he's registered just eight sacks through three seasons. Green Bay declined its fifth-year option on Jones, making this a contract year.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 01:37:00 PM

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.
Source: Packers.com
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 08:34:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 01:41:00 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
Mon, May 2, 2016 04:28:00 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
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 11:22:00 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

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