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Former Packers first-round pick Datone Jones signs with Jaguars

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Former Packers first-round pick Datone Jones signs with Jaguars

-- A former first-round pick made by Ted Thompson has a new home -- again -- and it isn't with the Green Bay Packers.

Datone Jones is signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to his agent David Canter. It's Jones' fifth landing spot since the Packers opted not to pick up his fifth-year option after the 2016 season.

Jones, drafted at No. 26 overall in 2013, never lived up to the team's lively expectations of him. He did, however, briefly fill the "elephant" role in former defensive coordinator Dom Capers' defense. The brief flashes of what he could eventually transpire to be weren't enough to pique the Packers' interest.

After signing a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings for the 2017 season, Jones went on record of saying that the Packers didn't have any interest in re-signing him.

He ended up on injured reserve with a shoulder injury by final roster cut-downs and was released with an injury settlement less than a week later. It was his first of two other stops in the NFC North, spending a week with the Detroit Lions that same season. 

A brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers led to a prolonged tenure with the Dallas Cowboys where Jones played in five total games over the last two seasons, registering a sack and nine total tackles. His 2018 season was shortened due to a hamstring injury that landed him on injured reserve. 

One of Jones' best years with the Packers came in 2015 when he played in 15 games, registered three sacks, 20 tackles and 12 quarterback hits. He had nine total sacks in four years in Green Bay despite playing in 59 of a possible 64 games.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Coldworld's picture

Good luck to him. Good guy who did the right things but just didn’t fit the pick or scheme.

Tundraboy's picture

Started off on the wrong foot literally as I recall. Injury wise.

SterlingSharpe's picture

Saying "he didn't fit the scheme" is an excuse. Four other teams have given him a chance, for much lesser $$ than our 1st rd pick $$. And each of these other teams has not been impressed enough to keep him, and shocker: he ended each season in street clothes with one injury or another.

Coldworld's picture

That’s why I said pick or scheme. Still a high character guy.

Old School's picture

Well... I'll just say that God didn't make an awful lot of people with the kind of body you need to play defensive line in the NFL. Five guys who were taken ahead of him are already out of the league and a few others haven't really done much either.

That's why people will keep giving him a chance to make the team as long as he's healthy enough to practice.

Rashan Gary? There is absolutely nothing at this point to say he'll be better or worse. Only time will tell. That's why I'm a big fan of trading down and getting more picks because it increases the likelihood that you'll get a decent player.

Demon's picture

And thats why i'll down vote every one of your posts that suggest trading down.

CAG123's picture

No it doesn’t it increases the opportunity of more JAGs in reality you’re no more likely to get a good player in the first pick than you are in 100th so much more goes into what a player will turn out to be than just where they’re taken and how many of them you can take.

Old School's picture

Jordy Nelson, Mike Daniels, David Bakhtiari, Jaire Alexander.....all obtained as a result of an extra pick from a trade down.

CAG123's picture

Alexander wasn’t the extra pick Savage and they only did it because Minkah went to the Dolphins. It’s still no guarantee the pick from trading down will develop into anything those are just examples that support your argument I’m pretty sure there’s trade down picks that didn’t work out.

Old School's picture

Well... I'll just say that God didn't make an awful lot of people with the kind of body you need to play defensive line in the NFL. Five guys who were taken ahead of him are already out of the league and a few others haven't really done much either.

That's why people will keep giving him a chance to make the team as long as he's healthy enough to practice.

Rashan Gary? There is absolutely nothing at this point to say he'll be better or worse. Only time will tell. That's why I'm a big fan of trading down and getting more picks because it increases the likelihood that you'll get a decent player.

CAG123's picture

No that’s exactly the case with Jones he was a 4-3 DE just like Perry the difference being Perry could get to the appropriate weight for an OLB Jones came out of college close to 300 pounds and just wasn’t a fit for the Packers 3-4. You underestimate those important early developmental years he should have had as a 4-3 DE at the NFL level.

Nonstopdrivel's picture

I think you mean "lofty expectations," not "lively expectations." And "brief flashes of what he could eventually transpire to be" sounds like a high schooler padding out the word count on his term paper. You can delete everything after "flashes" without loss of meaning, and your sentence will be stronger for it.

TheVOR's picture

Good luck wid dat!

Demon's picture

Yawn

NMPF's picture

Once again, Zach with a hard hitting piece of journalism.

IceBowl's picture

LOL, better than yours!

Zachary Jacobson's picture

Hey, NMPF. One of my duties here for the site is to publish stories regarding news and transactions with the Green Bay Packers, or, in this case, former Green Bay Packers. I felt like it was somewhat significant since he was a former first-rounder in the TT era. These kinds of stories fall outside of my usual stories/analysis, and during this time of the year, there isn't much to analyze. If you have a problem with any of that, don't read. That way you spare yourself much of the time it takes to write out such a rude and unnecessary comment. If you feel like you can't resist that urge to smear your nasty sarcasm all over the comments section and these kinds of stories truly irk you to your core, take it up with either one of Al or Aaron. I promise you, their answers won't be any nicer.

Jonathan Spader's picture

Fans need to lighten up it's the dead season. It's not like there's much for writers to report...

IceBowl's picture

Jonathan Spader ,

Ain't that the truth.

Swedish Chef's picture

Whu cures? Bork, Bork, Bork!

IceBowl's picture

Swedish Chef,

Isn't that pork, pork, pork????

Old School's picture

Former Packer safety Aaron Rouse is now on the city council in Virginia Beach and was answering questions on TV after the shooting there this week.

SterlingSharpe's picture

Wow. Horrific. I was just reading about the wonderful people, many of them, who were slaughtered by this man. So sad.
I wonder if Rouse was asked the question about why they're all ignoring the supposed fact that this man did it for Islam, as the Orlando, and San Bernardino, and Boston, and Fort Hood, and Chattanooga, and Tunisia, and Sri Lanka, and Nice, France, Cairo Egypt churches, Pakistan churches, Paris cartoonists, and London, and Mumbai, and Bali etc. all have.
I have heard from a person I trust with the FBI that he was. But the media is doing a great job of feeding us the line "struggling to find his motives" for this jihad.

sam1's picture

Why would bring your BS stand on a Packer site? Hatred or racism or both? Put it political stuff about Donny or Democrats not Packers!

flackcatcher's picture

Had a nice conversion with Aaron Rouse about his retirement and post football career. Grateful that the Packers gave him a chance and happy to move on to his current position. Very sharp young man, happy to see him doing so well.

Rossonero's picture

Jones will be lucky if he makes the team, but good luck to him. Very frustrating he never panned out.

Handsback's picture

This would be a perfect story if anybody could tell why he hasn't worked out in the NFL. He hasn't and probably won't even with the Jags. He ate up the competition at the Senior Bowl, he did well in college so why not the pros? Did he not develop enough physically? Was it a mental issue? Was he on the juice in college and couldn't do it in the pros?
Why do players like him get drafted, and what is it that teams miss? That would be a great story.

Coldworld's picture

I think he was miscast in GB. He was a tweener type. I haven’t followed since he left but an injury or two and finding a fit. For these guys, the physical step up to the NFL sometimes means that size or speed combinations that worked in college are negated.

Good guy from a tough background who showed good effort but was a bad pick in retrospect in my view at the position he was taken and for the scheme that he was to play in.

flackcatcher's picture

Ironic isn't it. He would be a perfect fit in the defensive system the Packers now run. (if he could stay healthy)

Doug Niemczynski's picture

I didn't know he was still in the league. Another 1st round pick that was useless.

Ferrari Driver's picture

What I appreciated most about the Headline to this article was the lead word "FORMER". Jones was a grave disappointment as a first round draft choice both with his play on the field and his big mouth.

Jonathan Spader's picture

I'll always remember Datone Jones getting pulled over for purchasing a bag of marijuana and telling the officer "Do you know who I am? I was the Packers 1st round draft pick!" Class act.

D Ernie's picture

Datone, another of Ted the genius poor draft picks. Him, Perry, a host of d backs who sucked too.
He'll if they would have had a decent gm and spent time evaluating prospects the pack might have two more super bowls.
Imo it was Ted drafting injury prone guys that other the passed on that added up to the massive injuries this team has had.

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