Jones on the other hand is a rush backer with good agility and coverage skills, needs to work on his upper body strength but overall hes going to be rushing the passer, him being comfortable in coverage only works in his favor.
Von Miller might be the best 34 OLB prospect weve seen in 10 years and the broncos play him in a 43 and he still dominates pass rushing. Timmons is one of the best blitzing linebackers in the league but he is PUTRID as an outside rusher and tremendous in coverage. I really hope they play to jones skills, because i do believe he has Von Miller like ability, not quite the first step but similar player.
Lebeau does ok, but he needs to make some adjustments schematically. I do look forward to life after lebeau, but for now he does just fine. He has earned his stay, he lost aaron smith and had to plug in evander hood...what a drop off of the foundation of the defense that is. Plus hampton, a top 3 NT of this generation, troy falling off, woodley being hurt...its not all on leabeu, quit acting like it is. They kept a great roster together a few years too long
LOL Tim Lewis? The guy retired in 1986! Do you realize how far medicine has come in understanding spinal stenosis since 1986 or even 1999 when Irvin retired? Medicine has moved light years since then, as MRIs (what they use to detect spinal stenosis) were still in their infancy. In fact, two doctors won a Nobel Prize in 2003 for discovering its uses as a diagnostic tool.Tell that to Tim Lewis.
You may as well use a pitcher from the 1950's as proof that you cannot come back from a UCL tear and ignore Tommy John surgery developed in the 1970's.
What matters is what science says now. Jones is in no more danger than any other player on the field.
everyone one of crash's post are so damn whiny it's actually funny. i read a crash post and all i hear is this:
"Today, I'm officially retiring a Pittsburgh Steeler. And as much as I will miss football, my teammates, coaches and everything about the game, I don't want to play it in any other uniform. The black and gold runs deep in me, and I will remain a Steeler for life."--Hines Ward
Anyway, back on topic.
Jones is an exciting player, theres really not much to like about his game putting the back issues aside (which never bothered him at Georgia)
I hope he works his way into at least getting reps early and often, i have zero faith about worilds producing consistently or even flirting with doing it at a high level, so hopefully they move jones in quite a bit (would even like him replacing foote on passing downs to be honest)
They will be able to do some interesting things with jones....i hope these top 3 picks are quality contributors from day one, im less excited about bell and think wheaton will be awesome, its just a matter of when for him, WRs doing anything as a rookie are hit and miss
Good idea (about getting on topic), K Train.
I am pretty confident that he will see a lot of action. As others have said, it is not like our linebackers have been reliable injury wise.
I would also point out that he transcends the reasons that previous young LBs did not see much action. 1) He does not have an established star in front of him to beat out (at least on one side).
2) The critique of Lebeau not playing rookies is not applicable here. The other "kids" were almost all playing a new position (our OLBs always came from smaller college defensive linemen) or system. Jones played OLB in a 3-4, so he is light years ahead of most. It will then all come down to how hard he works on the playbook, health, fitness, etc.
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