Lions sign Datone Jones to add some defensive line depth

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The Lions are banged up at places other than quarterback.

With their defensive line thinned out by injuries, the Lions are signing former Packers first-rounder Datone Jones, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

This gets him three quarters of the way through the NFC North, after he was in camp with the Vikings this year but released with an injury settlement in September after dealing with a shoulder injury.

The Lions lost defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to an elbow injury, and it’s unclear (as all things injury related are) how long he’ll be out. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah is also coming back from a knee injury and doesn’t appear to be full strength.,

The Lions could get Khyri Thornton back from a six-game suspension after Sunday’s game.

20 responses to “Lions sign Datone Jones to add some defensive line depth

  1. Another square peg round hole Packers guy. They’ve had big issues filling out their front-7.

    I still think Jones has the talent to make it in the right scheme.

  2. I don’t think that you’ll find too many Packer fans saying Detroit is taking our scraps here… As aarons444 said, it just wasn’t a good fit for him. With the emergence of Ryan and Martinez (at a cheaper cost BTW), there just wasn’t any room left for Datone. He was a very serviceable back for us and this Pack fan wishes him well in Detroit.

  3. Jones is just a short term body. He has talent, so he’ll always be given an opportunity, but the film room will show too many plays that lacked effort, so he’ll get cut again. Looks like Tarzan on some plays. Looks like Jane on others.

  4. lokalfuz says:
    October 10, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Cue the Packers fans jumping in to say another NFC North team wanting their scraps.
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    There’s a big difference in a team picking up a guy out of need created by injury and body-snatching out of pure desperation. Detroit isn’t desperate.

  5. wib22 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 10:30 am
    another thompson bust!
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    …….and the Packers still own the division! Imagine how much MORE dominant the Packers would be over their division rivals if he could only stop drafting busts! It’s mind-boggling. It’s another equalizer, I guess.

  6. Jones, Thornton, Lang, and Abbredaris. How many have to move over there before we are allowed to make mention of it?
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    Its funny, those guys make up a pretty good microcosim of the Packers personnel dept recently.

    Lang is the only guy you listed that started for Green Bay. A B-level player, some A-level mixed in at times.

    Jones (1st) Thornton (3rd) Abbrederis (5th)… the Pacekrs have put plenty of bodies in the League, but they haven’t won another Super Bowl beacuse they’re just not getting enough players.

  7. packers291 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Jones, Thornton, Lang, and Abbredaris. How many have to move over there before we are allowed to make mention of it?
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    Like I said above… Detroit having a handful of former Packers on their roster just doesn’t reek of the desperation encountered elsewhere. Lang was a great signing for them. Abbrederis was surely going to get a shot somewhere, he was just too far down on the Packers’ depth chart at WR. The Jones signing is obviously borne out of injury-created need. It’s not like their GM was skulking around outside Lambeau just waiting to harvest whatever warm bodies hit the ground.

  8. “Jones (1st) Thornton (3rd) Abbrederis (5th)… the Pacekrs have put plenty of bodies in the League, but they haven’t won another Super Bowl beacuse they’re just not getting enough players.”

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    No…they havent won another Super Bowl because winning Super Bowls is hard.

    The only franchise to have won more than the Packers during Thompson’s tenure is the Patriots. You dont make the playoffs each year since 2008 without having talented players.

  9. “another thompson bust!”

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    Here are Thompson’s first round picks since taking over the Packers:

    2005: Rodgers
    2006: Hawk
    2007: Harrell
    2008: Traded out of first round, selected Jordy in 2nd
    2009: Raji, Matthews
    2010: Bulaga
    2011: Sherrod
    2012: Perry
    2013: Jones
    2014: Clinton-Dix
    2015: Randall
    2016: Clark

    That’s a pretty good track record, if you ask me…only 2 true “busts” out of 12 first rounders, and both of those were largely due to injury (Harrell tore his ACL and never recovered…Sherrod was starting at tackle for the Packers when Tamba Hali fell on his leg and shattered it into 3 pieces). Everyone else he’s taken in the first round is either still in the league or in Hawk’s case was a very serviceable player for a long time.

    And all of this while usually picking in the 20’s and 30’s in the first round of drafts. Look at the disasters of other franchises like Cleveland, who have been drafting in the top 5 for seemingly a decade and not getting better.

  10. Jones is not done yet. It’s only after the Bears cut you that you know you’ve reached rock bottom. One more rung to go.

  11. 2005: Rodgers
    2006: Hawk
    2007: Harrell
    2008: Traded out of first round, selected Jordy in 2nd
    2009: Raji, Matthews
    2010: Bulaga
    2011: Sherrod
    2012: Perry
    2013: Jones
    2014: Clinton-Dix
    2015: Randall
    2016: Clark

    That’s a pretty good track record, if you ask me…only 2 true “busts” out of 12 first rounders, and both of those were largely due to injury (Harrell tore his ACL and never recovered…Sherrod was starting at tackle for the Packers when Tamba Hali fell on his leg and shattered it into 3 pieces). Everyone else he’s taken in the first round is either still in the league or in Hawk’s case was a very serviceable player for a long time.
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    If you only use 1 tool in the bag, which is what Thompson does (the Draft) you HAVE to do better than that.

    Clinton-Dix is the only quality starter Thompson has pulled out of the last 5 Drafts. All due respect to Clark, the book is still out. If you include all the Drafts since winning the Super Bowl (7) that number merely doubles. (Nick Perry)

    Now, Thompson and the scouts win the mid-rounds for sure (Bak, Daniels, Linsley, Montgomery, Martinez, Ryan..) but if you get another impact player at the top, does that erase some of the post-season frustration? Derek Wolfe instead of Nick Perry.. Eric Kendricks over Randall….

    I’m tired of this team being 1 player away. That seems to always be teh case.

  12. Unfortunately Jones isn’t anywhere near the player that Ngata and Ansah are. But hey, how many of the Lions naysers said that Ansah was a bust before he even played a down? My guess is that none of those folks will admit to that.

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