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.