Datone Jones “loving” move to outside linebacker

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The Packers declined to exercise their option for the 2017 season on 2013 first-round pick Datone Jones’ contract, leaving Jones on track to become a free agent next offseason.

Jones’ bid for a new job will involve a new position. Jones went from playing exclusively defensive line to taking snaps standing up on the edge as a linebacker in the second half of last season and had two sacks against the Vikings in his first game in his new role. The team spent the offseason getting him more acclimated to the position, something teammate Mike Daniels calls a “natural” for Jones’ skills.

“I’m loving it,” Jones said, via the team’s website. “A situation happens like this, you can jump in there and boom — you could fill a role and play it. Now, I’m excited because I actually do get a full season to learn coverages, learn how to cover tight ends and running backs. Just rush from different angles.”

With Clay Matthews moving back outside to join Julius Peppers, Nick Perry, Jayrone Elliott and third-round pick Kyler Fackrell, Jones will have some work to do to earn a steady diet of snaps this season. If he can get those snaps and do something with them, he’ll be able to sell his versatility in his bid for a new contract next year.

21 responses to “Datone Jones “loving” move to outside linebacker

  1. jobotjones says:
    Jun 30, 2016 8:58 AM
    Datone? No offense, but how is that a name?

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    A guy, first name “Jobot,” is throwing stones?

  2. Datone Jones is Exhibit A in why the average NFL fan is an idiot. He was very effective as D lineman last year and they started moving him outside to maximize his snaps and let him rush the passer more, which he is also very good at.

    Stopping the run, filling gaps and setting an edge is the most important thing a D-lineman can do in a 3-4 base. Yet there are people (and Viking fans) that think the dude is a bust. Ridiculous.

  3. I expect a big year from the packers in 2016. I think the D will be better than last year and the speed we have now at receiver will give Lacy more opportunities. Should be an exciting season if these guys can stay healthy. I see why the pundits are picking them to have the best record in the NFC.

  4. Forgot all about this guy.

    Glad the article reminded everyone he is another one in the long line of draft busts.

  5. Hornhead fans are blessed with short memories when it comes to Packer players making good plays against the mighty Norse.

  6. The Packers didn’t make this move until late in the season. In his first game in this new position, Datone Jones had two sacks and a blocked pass. Unfortunately, that game was against the Vikings so the Packers want Jones to be able to duplicate this productivity against NFL teams so we will see how he does this year.

  7. ruvelligwebuike says:
    Jun 30, 2016 10:21 AM

    Datone Jones is Exhibit A in why the average NFL fan is an idiot. He was very effective as D lineman last year and they started moving him outside to maximize his snaps and let him rush the passer more, which he is also very good at.

    Stopping the run, filling gaps and setting an edge is the most important thing a D-lineman can do in a 3-4 base. Yet there are people (and Viking fans) that think the dude is a bust. Ridiculous.
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    Gosh, I don’t know why we stupid NFL fans thought he was a bust. Maybe it was because he was drafted in the first round and the Packers declined to pick up the fifth-year option? He must be a great player for the Packers not to want him.

  8. With TWO games against MN this season Datone Jones might make the Probowl!

    Sidearm Teddy isn’t going to be able to pass over or around Datone so his sack total might be 15 by end of the season. 14 of them v the Wipings.

  9. Some players do better in “prove it” situations. If he wanted automatic payment, Minnesota is a better fit. The Vikes brass gave top 5 TE money to Kyle Rudolph despite having a career high of 483 yards.

  10. Based on the glowing comments about Dating, it sounds like Clay is heading back inside.

    Someone needs to remind the Packer trolls that GB lost at home at Lambeau in January….😉

  11. The Vikings beat GB in Lambeau by 7 points with LG Josh Sitton playing LT during Aaron Rodgers worst full season playing football. Then they couldnt even score a single TD in the playoffs, yet they think they are the better team.

    How delusional can one fanbase be?

  12. gtodriver says:
    Jun 30, 2016 12:54 PM
    Someone needs to remind the Packer trolls……..blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
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    Someone needs to remind Viking trolls that this is a Packer thread and a Packer story and Packer fans are posters on Packer stories, and Viking fans showing up simply to pick fights are the trolls on Packer stories.

  13. whatjusthapped says:
    Jun 30, 2016 11:28 AM

    The Packers didn’t make this move until late in the season. In his first game in this new position, Datone Jones had two sacks and a blocked pass. Unfortunately, that game was against the Vikings so the Packers want Jones to be able to duplicate this productivity against NFL teams so we will see how he does this year.
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    Week 11 isn’t that late in the season. If what Datone did in the next 6 games, of regular season, is any indication. He may have a hard time making the roster. Just sayin.

  14. Wow a Packer article with no ridiculous comments from Ariani, must not have internet access at band camp.

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