Green Bay Packers: Datone Jones Looks Like First-round Pick

Datone Jones Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for UCLA DE

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You go out there, put your tights on and you feel like you’re running out there (unrestricted); if you go jogging you’re not going to put pads on even if they don’t weigh nothing.” On Jennings Jones made it clear he doesn’t agree with former teammate Greg Jennings’ recent comments about quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he isn’t kicking him to the curb. “Everybody has their own opinion,” Jones said Sunday. “G’s (Jennings) still Womens Datone Jones Jersey my dog. A-Rod is still my dog. G ain’t my dog when I play him on Sunday.” Jones played down the comments Jennings made, especially those where he referred to Rodgers as “12” instead of his name. “He said 12 when he was here,” Jones said. “Sometimes things can get blown up a little bit more. The comments he made shouldn’t be made, but I mean, he called him 12 when he was here. Everybody has their own little nickname of some form. “But the comments he made were not cool at all.

BALTIMORE — With 12 seconds left in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens , Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry sacked quarterback Joe Flacco and knocked the ball loose. Week 6 Spotlight Rookie defensive end Datone Jones scooped up the fumble and returned it 20 yards to the Ravens’ 13-yard line to set up Mason Crosby ‘s 31-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. It was exactly the kind of play that, according to Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk , great defenses make. “We’re definitely not a great defense yet,” Hawk said after the Packers’ 19-17 victory over the defending Super Bowl champs. “But we’re trying to get there.” The Packers defense might have to get there — and fast. If the Packers (3-2) are going to be without receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones , both of whom left Sunday’s game with injuries in the first half, then they’re going to need their defense to pick up where it left off on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Defense may have to carry Packers

Sometimes he will fire out of his stance and immediately penetrate into the backfield, but he will be a non-factor as often as he blows up the running back in the backfield when this happens. He’ll also lean too far forward when he knifes into the backfield and get knocked down too easily. Jones can hold up at the point of attack when he stays low, but as soon as he gets high, he can be moved, creating a big hole for a running back. He will pursue down the line like a linebacker and cleans up a few plays a game on the strength of that effort. Tackling Once Jones has his scope locked on a ball-carrier or quarterback, he engulfs them. His arms are strong enough to stop a running back going through the hole, and he wraps up like a boa constrictor. Jones can sense when he has his quarry in his sights and will launch his body to make the play. Use of Hands When Jones gets his hands on his opponent before they latch onto him, he can throw them aside like yesterday’s garbage. He is not as good at disengaging from blockers who hold him, including getting his arms free to attempt to deflect a pass. Jones doesn’t have much subtlety as a pass-rusher when it comes to hand use. It appears that he needs some coaching in this area.

UCLA’s Datone Jones smiles through the bad times

Through his first series against the No. 2 offense, he was up and down. In losing Desmond Bishop, the Packers also lost arguably their best blitzer, so they had to be pleased with Jones forcing the quarterback out of the pocket on one 2nd and 8 incompletion. Yet also, few plays later, Jones was slow reacting on an 11-yard run by Alex Green. A.J. Hawk blitzed, Green cut back and Jones missed.

Datone Jones sees red, comes ready to sack

But back then he just wanted to attend school with his friends. Riding the bus was the sacrifice he made after his mother moved the family to a better apartment in Los Angeles. It’s just one example of how his journey to big-time college football was different than most. Jones is 6 feet 5 inches, 275 pounds, so it’s hard to image him struggling physically. But he was born three months premature three months after his mother lost his twin brother. He also faced plenty of challenges growing up in a tough neighborhood.

Datone Jones Drafted By Packers With No. 26 Pick At 2013 NFL Draft

The former UCLA defensive end already knew all about the Green Bay Packers and the guy who, years ago, played his position best. Talk about a good way to introduce himself to his new fan base. Jones brought up Reggie White unprompted in describing his relentless style of play. The Packers selected Jones with the 26th pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, addressing one of their positions in greatest need of an upgrade with a 6-foot-4, 280-pound player who can move all over the line and has a penchant for making big plays behind it. Jones had 19 tackles for loss and 6 sacks for UCLA in a breakout season in 2012 as a fifth-year senior. With an athletic build and a basketball background, the lifelong Los Angeles native didn’t start playing football until his sophomore season at Compton High School. He sat out the 2010 season because of a broken foot but bounced back from the injury. He even received UCLA’s Captain Don Brown Award for the team’s most improved player.

Green Bay Packers: Rookie Datone Jones working through ankle injury

“Every time Mike Neal has stepped on the field, he’s been an impact guy for us. Hopefully, we can keep him on the field. He’s doing very well right now.” Down to the wire Last year, Jarrett Boykin stamped an exclamation point to his summer in the exhibition finale to knock out Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel at wide receiver. This year, a similar battle reaches its conclusion. Behind roster locks Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Boykin, one or two spots remain up for grabs. Jeremy Ross’ ability in the return game helps his cause. He could assert himself as the punt returner Thursday night. Still, Tyrone Walker’s sure hands, Myles White’s speed and Charles Johnson’s frame are intriguing.


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