There were few Green Bay Packers that played well in Denver last Sunday. One who did was defensive end Datone Jones.
Jones, a former first-round pick in 2013, was expected to be an impact player when selected out of UCLA, but through two seasons he was injured a lot and ordinary.
But this season something has clicked for Jones. He’s playing mostly in nickel situations and used often as a pass rusher from the defensive tackle spot.
And in that role, Jones has done very well. In terms of pressures and tackles for loss, Jones is making an impact play every 11.2 snaps, which is the best mark of any Green Bay defensive lineman.
Yet curiously, Jones played less than 20 snaps against Denver despite notching two tackles for loss.
The Packers do have depth on the defensive line with Mike Daniels, B.J. Raji, Mike Pennell and Letroy Guion but if Jones is playing this well maybe it’s time to let him try doing the same thing just with more snaps.
With some players, less is more. But Jones is a well conditioned athlete and he’s explosive. He’s starting to make the splash plays his career has been lacking on a much more consistent basis.
The other thing about Jones is that he is one of the few defensive lineman the Packers have under contract beyond this season, and if Daniels demands too much money this offseason, knowing whether or not Jones can handle consistent snaps would be good.
As the old saying goes you can never have enough pass rushers and it looks like the Packers have found another. It just took two years later than expected.