Datone Jones is Making Guarantees

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Datone Jones

Datone Jones

Uh oh. That’s what we usually say when someone starts making guarantees. Guarantees are usually followed by disappointment, underachieving and/or injuries. Datone Jones is making guarantees!

The Green Bay Packers 2013 first-round pick had a lackluster rookie campaign, playing in less than 25 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. Previously, he said he was happy with his first NFL campaign.

Now, he appears to feel like the rest of us do about it — unimpressed.

Jones says he’s reevaluated his game and plans on using his power more to his advantage this year. And… here’s the guarantee!

“I can guarantee you’re going to see a different Datone Jones,” he said.

Ah, good.

Seeing any Datone Jones would be a step in the right direction. If he can manage to play at least half of the team’s defensive snaps in 2014, he’s obviously doing something better than he did last year, when we didn’t notice him at all save for those 3.5 sacks.

The Packers are obviously counting on Jones to improve or else they would have brought Johnny Jolly and/or Ryan Pickett back. With B.J. Raji moving back to the nose and Jolly out of the picture, the Packers will have two new starters at defensive end in 2014.

One of those guys will likely be Julius Peppers. The other spot is wide open as far as we’re concerned.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

11 Comments on "Datone Jones is Making Guarantees"

  1. Chad Lundberg

    Guarantees, failed promises and whatever aside, if Jones does actually does become a good pass rushing DE, I can personally promise that this defense will be the single best unit in the entire NFL (although the Texans with Watt and Clowney could certainly make us run for our money) REGARDLESS if our safeties lay a turd again this season.

    Matthews, Daniels, Perry, Peppers, and Jones working together could create so much havoc for QB’s that it won’t even look fair this year!!!

    I haven’t been this full of anticipation since the 2010 offseason, I’m just freaking stoked to see what happens!!!

    • Chucky

      Don’t forget Raji. I’d take jones off that list and insert Raji. He’s in a contract year and I think he’s going to show up big time.

      • Chad Lundberg

        That’s a huge if. He was in a contract year last year as well, and laid another turd. For sake of argument, lets say he puts in a solid year of production. He’s still not quite the pass rusher as the other names that I mentioned.

  2. Shawn Neuser

    A guarantee that Jones will be better than last season is a pretty safe bet. It would take a catastrophic injury for him to not see more playing time, which should bring more production.

    Use his strength? He didn’t have any last season. He was a one tool player that disappeared when lining up near the middle of the line.

    He needed to get stronger to be an impact player in this league. We’ll see if that’s the case.

    One would certainly think that Mike Daniels has earned himself a starting spot on the line, but I guess we’ll see about that as well.

  3. Kristofer

    Chad- I don’t see how the Texans corners could ever compete with the packer’s, I think you are wrong in those 2 defensive comparisons in that there is a huge gap in talent between the two rosters
    To the author of this article- I see a lot off negativity from you constantly. Try to be more optimistic. A lot of defensive ends take tinge to develop. If after this year Jones show nothing else then label the guy how you want but in the mean time let’s assume he makes he jump.

    • Chad Lundberg

      I’m confident that Clowney will become one of the best DE’s in the game. Playing the opposite side of J.J. Watt will do wonders for him. Once he develops, he and Watt could be the best pass rushing duo in the NFL. Regardless of how bad your secondary is, as long as the front seven does their job, the QB’s and RB’s won’t even have enough time to get the ball past the line of scrimmage.

  4. the real russ letlow

    I watched Jones in training camp last year. The dude looked freakin huge. He has the strength, without a doubt. Hopefully he has learned how to play in our system so that this year he can go full steam without slowing down to think about it. I no expert, but I think he will have a better season. If from nothing else, then from having one year experience.

  5. Vijay

    Frankly, with this roster as it’s built. I still see a defense that’s going to give up a shit ton of yards in the ground game. But I do see a bit more turnover and sack/ playmaking ability than in a few seasons. This defense may have just enough to finish in the top 15-20, which could be enough but not if we have to get through Seattle.

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