Datone Jones’ Legacy is Making Excuses

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Datone Jones

Former first-round pick Datone Jones is now with the Minnesota Vikings, after signing as a free agent this offseason. Of course, he has some complaints about his former employer, the Green Bay Packers.

And since we know you’re dying to hear what Datone Jones has to say, here we go.

Jones claims he was never told he was moving from the defensive line to outside linebacker, a switch he made full-time in 2016.

“They didn’t tell me. I found out on NFL Network that they had moved me to outside linebacker,” Jones said. “I kind of knew that I would have to make the adjustment or I wasn’t going to be there anymore. I wanted to come into a place where I felt most natural, where I could really showcase my ability, what I could really do. I’m excited the Vikings took a chance on me.”

Yes, the Vikings have put Jones back on the line. He’s worked exclusively at defensive tackle this offseason after playing primarily defensive end in college and with the Packers.

Frankly, we would opine that Datone Jones isn’t too bright if he didn’t know he’d be playing outside linebacker in 2016. We knew his future was at outside linebacker when the Packers moved him there during the 2015 season.

Jones actually showed some flashes at the position during the 2015 season. In fact, we noted that he looked better at outside linebacker than he ever looked at defensive end.

At any rate, we find these comments to be pretty stupid. Of course, this isn’t the first time Jones has complained about something.

He complained about not getting enough snaps in 2015. Then when he was given ample snaps in 2016, he didn’t do much with them. Although he led the team in pressures, Jones registered just one sack and 22 tackles.

Jones also claimed injuries affected him in his first two seasons with the Packers. So there are always excuses with this guy.

The bottom line is this. In four seasons with the Packers, Jones had just nine total sacks.

And as a first-round pick, that makes him a bust. But he probably has some excuses for that.

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6 Comments on "Datone Jones’ Legacy is Making Excuses"

  1. MJ

    No need to get that mean with this guy. Yes, not too bright, and playing out of his natural 4-3 DE spot. What was Ted expecting? This is a highly specialized league. It can happen that a guy transitions to another position and plays acceptably well, or even to be relatively proficient. But he will be competing with guys that have played that position all their lives. How’s that for an uphill battle? If he’s a bust based on what we saw this far, I put that on Ted. If he also doesn’t do well with the Vikes, then you can be happy labelling him a bust in another hateful article, Mord. You mentioned the Vikes lining him up at DT. The only way I see him there is in passing downs, as inside rusher.

    • Empacador

      It’s been a long time since I saw a guy showboat as much as Datone Jones did after making a play. It could be a blowout either way and there he was acting like a fool. Jones also talked about how he was looking forward to sacking Rodgers after he signed with the Vikings. That would be a neat trick, while standing on the sideline. We all read about how Jones was gonna dig deep and show everyone, sort of reminds one of Damarious Randall this off season. Let’s hope for the sake of the Packers, Randall actually comes through on his promise.

  2. VikeFan4Life (Formerly: TyKo Steamboat)

    How DARE you ever say anything negative about the greatest Green Bay Packer pass rusher in team history?!

    Where Datone goes, I go! ASSHOLES! I cant wait for Datone Jones, Harrison Smith & Anthony Barr to crush you ass hats this next season & beyond! Bring the Lombardi trophy back to Minny, baby!

  3. ay hombre

    Datone Jones had good coaching from his agent and “people”. I remember him coming in here and saying all the right things about wanting to be the best and blah blah blah, but it always seemed to me that it was disingenuous and he knew full fucking well he was saying it because it helps you get drafted higher and helps you get paid.

    Oh and by the way this genius lol…any dumb motherfucker who’s taken WEED 101 knows you’re 100 times better off being on the move smoking a J than parked with your dome light on in front of an apartment building. First round draft pick. Laughable.

    I don’t give a shit what his Wonderlich says…this guy is a moron. And I say that knowing I have no idea what it was.

  4. KILLER

    I’m happy for Datone and for the Vikings. I thought he was a great player worthy of 11-20 range first round the year he came out. I was shocked and mystified when the Packers took him.

    He has the body type of a classic strong side DE in a 4-3. I know he came from a 3-4 in college but was not meant to play end in a 3-4 in the NFL. It was obvious. He also was not meant to play linebacker in any defense. That was even more obvious. So, right away, even though I thought he was a great player with great potential, I knew the Packers and TT has entirely wasted that 1st round pick. Just pure foolish squander.

    Now I say he has the body type of a classic 4-3 strong side DE. But this is no longer the classic NFL where run D is as important as pass D. Nowadays you need your two DEs to be lighter and faster. Essentially both DEs should be rush DEs. As part of the emphasis on the pass D also the DT sets are different. You still need an immovable rock who takes up two blockers. But only one, not two. The other DT should be as quick and fast as you dare, hopefully without being totally blown away in the run game.

    In the modern NFL Datone’s perfect position is under tackle or rush tackle or 3-technique, whatever you want to call it. As such he is much faster than most 3-techniques. He is not really a detriment in the run game either. The LG is really not even as big as most RTs anyway.

    With Sharrif Floyd’s medical issues I foresee a Vikings D-Line up of Everson Griffen (pro bowl level), Datone Jones (1st rounder entering prime), Linval Joseph (pro bowl level), and Danielle Hunter (future Hall of Famer if he stays healthy). That is one heck of a line up. And the Vikings still have Brian Robison for DE or rush tackle, rookie monster Jaleel Johnson, and Stephen Weatherly who has as much potential athletically as Hunter. Best defensive line in football! A Vikings tradition!

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