13 games/3 starts: 31 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles
Tied for 1st place in sacks among rookies with pass-rush specialists Cliff Avril and Trevor Scott, despite playing in fewer games and playing with an injury. Ranked 3rd among rookies with 3 forced fumbles too. He really had a spectacular rookie year.
I'm predicting a Justin Tuck role for him this year after the loss of Hayesworth. We all know when Fat Al would split out at LE while KVB moved inside to DT. It was very effective. Plus, sometimes Al would drop into a zone coverage, whether in the flats or whatever. It'd confuse the hell out of the offensive lines and QB.
Jason Jones has that versatility. Hell, he was profiled as a DE by Scott when he was entering the Draft. You guys remember the Pittsburgh game? The game when both Fat Al and KVB had to sit out? J.J. raped! He doesn't play like a normal DT. He's long and quick, and doesn't bull rush. He'll pull a spin move or run around a guy as a DE would an OT. I mean he looked like a freakin' OLB at times. 1 sack was when he was double-teamed. 1 sack was from an end-tackle twist, where Jacob Ford went inside and J.J. went outside from their spots. J.J. took the long way, and still sacked Big Ben and forced a fumble. Highlights of it can be seen here!
He's not gonna replace Haynesworth. No one can. But it will be fun to see what Wash and Chuck Cecil do in order to bring pressure. Our DL is rather spectacular. We have a great system. Haynesworth excelled in our system, and it will be interesting to see how he fares in Washington. Meanwhile, we still have an above average DT group. Jason Jones will be a part of that. Plus, the Titans have arguably the best secondary in the NFL. 3 Pro Bowlers in Cortland Finnegan, Michael Griffin, and the Chris Hope (<3). I think Nick Harper is vastly under-rated; he's a sure tackler and great zone CB. The front office also brought back Vincent Fuller. Vinny is smart as hell, and is a CB/S tweener. Nevertheless, he's 6'1, 190, tips balls, and intercepts them for TD's (2 INT return for TD's in '07).
I'm ranting now. Anyway, J.J. may have the biggest role on the DL next season, and I'm excited. He's very much comparable to Jaron Gilbert, who's in this year's draft class. Look for the Lions to go after him with their 2nd RD pick.
So, discuss J.J. in this thread, and if you're a little aroused after reading this, don't worry - it's only natural.
Even though he had that crazy game at DT, I think his real potential is at DE. I wanted the lions to pick him up so badly...but whatever. I think he's gonna be ballin this year, but in spurts (probably because he'll be moving all around the line).
I dunno what J.J.'s real position is. I think we'll find out this year. Obviously, the coaching staff is confident in his ability - they wouldn't have low-balled Haynesworth is they didn't think the DEF couldn't stand to lose him.
As of now, he's a DT. Its where he played last year, and he excelled. The plan could be for him to stay at UT.
But, Jeff Fisher is...creative. He had Michael Griffin play CB for the first half of his rookie season. He was serious about it too. We all thought, "What the hell Fish? The dude was a great safety in college. Our FS sucks, and you wanna make him a CB? ...son of a..." Then midseason, he placed Griffin at FS and he was awesome. No doubt playing CB helped him prepare himself for FS. Maybe they're doing that with J.J., thus by Tuck comparison. Perhaps they placed him at DT to prepare himself?
Vanden Bosch, Jevon Kearse, and Tony Brown are set to be FA's after this season. That's the startin Front 4 last season, aside from Haynesworth. Will we bring all of them back? Probably not. Can J.J. take over any of the vacated positions? Probably yes. It's just which one will be vacated?
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I want to see KVB back, as well as the Freak but I think if anything, Kearse is gone. KVB is a tough case but we have no legitimate starter to replace both, so KVB is probably back even though he has been frequently injured since resigning him. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we went out and took someone like Michael Johnson as a project
The Tennessee Titans have conveyed an important message to defensive tackle Jason Jones. While he might be the heir apparent to Albert Haynesworth at right defensive tackle, the Titans aren’t expecting him replace the two-time All Pro.
It’s a message Jones, a second-year man from Eastern Michigan, said he has received loud and clear.
“I don’t feel any pressure. I don’t put any pressure on myself,” Jones said. “I just try to go out there and get coached well and listen to the veterans on the team. I feel I have the ability to be a starter in the league.”
What those coaches and veterans are telling Jones, who had five sacks, 31 tackles and three forced fumbles as a rookie, is to simply be the best player he can be. Jones need not concern himself with any comparisons to Haynesworth, who left for a $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins.
“The first question everybody asks is, ‘How do you replace him? How do you fill that void?’ I don’t think anybody is really worried about it,” defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said. “I think we’re happy with, the guys we’ve got. You don’t go out there and try to find the next Albert Haynesworth, but you go out there and try to find guys that fit your system and plug in guys who can make plays.”
As for the compare and contrast between Jones and Haynesworth, their styles probably couldn’t be much more different.
Haynesworth had weight issues at times in his Titans career, but finally got it under control in his final seasons in Tennessee at between 330 and 340 pounds. Jones, on the other hand, played last season around 270 pounds, but has bulked up to 280 this off-season with a goal of 285 pounds by training camp.
“We’re similar as far as making plays in the backfield and being disruptive. But he’s a big human being,” Jones said. “He’s 330 pounds, so there are certain things he can do that I can’t. I’m more of a speed guy, a shifty guy who will surprise you with power, whereas he just comes at you and has all the power.”
But just as Haynesworth was versatile on the line, Vanden Bosch believes Jones can have a similar impact, albeit in a different way.
“Jason is a versatile player. For a defensive tackle, he’s really quick and athletic. He’s got enough speed to actually play defensive end, but he brings the strength of a defensive tackle,” Vanden Bosch said. “There’s a lot of different things we can do with him. I don’t think we’re going to plug him in, and he’s Albert. I think we’re going to play around and see what he can do best and how we can utilize it.”
Defensive line coach Jim Washburn says he has dreaded being asked the Haynesworth question the entire off-season, but it sounds like he already has an answer in Jones and the rest of the Titans defensive line through a collective effort, especially if Jones and young players like ends Jacob Ford and William Hayes step forward in 2009.
“I dreaded this when he left, because every person was going to ask me what we’re going to do with Albert gone. I’m just going to coach the guys we’ve got and we’re going to be fine,” Washburn said. “If Jason, Jacob [Ford] and Will [Hayes] step up we won’t miss anybody. We’ll roll on.”
Jones simply sees it not as an opportunity to replace Haynesworth, but a chance to make his own mark in the NFL as a starting defensive lineman.
“I’m excited, because it’s an opportunity for me to grow more as a player in the NFL. I’m excited just to start in the NFL and being a starter on the field means a lot,” Jones said. “I definitely want to exceed the number I had last year. I want to have more than five sacks, but we’re just looking to be the best defensive line in the league.”
If that goal is reached, a part of that credit must go to Washburn, whose knack for squeezing the most out of the talent on hand has been a key to the Titans success over the years.
“What Coach Washburn does well is he gets the most out of his players. We maximize talent and cater things in what we do based on people’s abilities,” Vanden Bosch said. “A lot of different players have flourished in this system and have played well.
“Guys that fit in this system don’t fit in every system in the league and might not have success in other systems, but we find guys that can do the things that we need to do.”
Jason Jones hopes to be next in line on that list for the Titans.
I honest to goodness worry for Albert in Washington. We all know how winded he gets, and with the Titans, he was able to be rotated to keep him fresh and effective. Washington has 100-million invested in him, so I doubt they'll use him as sparingly as we did. His risk of injury will go up because of this, and he won't play through injury now that he's been paid.
Meanwhile, Jason Jones is officially up to 280 now. He's within 5 lbs of his goal of 285 by TC.
Defensive tackle adds weight to fit new role
By Gary Estwick • THE TENNESSEAN • May 22, 2009
Expect a bigger and stronger Jason Jones to line up at defensive tackle this fall.
In anticipation of a larger role, thanks to the departure of two-time All-Pro Albert Haynesworth, the second-year pro has gained about 10 pounds. With five more, he will be at his planned weight for the season — 285.
The 6-foot-5 Jones looked thicker during Thursday morning's minicamp, but he is far from chubby. Consider him more rounded out.
"I have to get ready for these big fellas out here," Jones said.
Jones will team with Tony Brown, Jovan Haye, Kevin Vickerson, Dave Ball and rookie Sen'Derrick Marks to solidify the position.
Jones had success last season but his opportunities were limited as a rookie in a reserve role. Not anymore.
"Last season, on a couple of plays, double teams at the end of the year, I was sort of pushed in the ground a little bit," said Jones, who started three games and finished the regular season with 49 tackles and five sacks. "This year I'm going to be prepared to go for the long haul."
Jones used the weeks between the end of the season and the start of the offseason conditioning program to work on his physique, said Steve Watterson, assistant head coach/strength and conditioning for the Titans.
"We get some young athletes that need some specific training," Watterson said. "They volunteer to come in early and we'll start them training earlier than the rest of the athletes with an emphasis on increasing muscle strength, mass development, more power. They can start that as early as the beginning of March. Jason Jones is a great example of it."