Vikings To Host Datone Jones

Having already met with running back Eddie Lacy, the Vikings are now set to visit with another Packers free agent. This time, it will be defensive end/linebacker Datone Jones, who will take a meeting with Minnesota today, tweets Ian Rapoport of Jones (vertical)

Jones, 26, spent the 2016 campaign playing outside linebacker in Green Bay’s 3-4 front after playing the early part of his career as a defensive end. The Vikings run a 4-3 scheme, meaning Jones almost certainly wouldn’t stick at linebacker. More likely, he’d return to end, or perhaps even play as a three-technique defensive tackle (Jones is listed as 6’4″, 283 pounds).

A former first-round pick, Jones is on the free agent market because the Packers declined his 2017 fifth-year option. Through four seasons with Green Bay, Jones appeared in 59 games but only started seven contests.

In 2016, Jones posted one sack and 22 tackles on 548 defensive snaps, grading as the league’s No. 61 edge defender among 109 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus. PFR ranked Jones as the ninth-best free agent edge defender heading into the offseason.

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5 comments on “Vikings To Host Datone Jones

  1. gopackgo

    you can have him he was another Ted Thompson bust

  2. ARKScout

    on behalf of Packers fans everywhere…go ahead Vikes…do us a favor.

  3. fisher40

    He was a player chosen in the first round who obviously didn’t fit the 3-4 scheme. You start 7 games in 4 years that’ll tell you right there

  4. bleacherbum

    Why do a lot of Ex-packers go and sign with the Vikings? I feel like it happens more with these two teams than it does with any other in any other sport. Red Sox and the Yankees do it to each other a lot but in football these two seem to do it all the time.


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