Deion Jones
Deion Jones
24-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Atlanta Falcons
Inactive
Injury Foot
Fri Practice: Limited
2018 Fantasy Outlook
With an increasing emphasis on speed and passing in the NFL, hyper-athletic linebackers have become the new standard, and few players fit that prototype as well as Jones. As much as he might look like a safety from the 90s at 6-1, 222, Jones' sharp instincts and 4.4 speed have his career off to a fast start in Atlanta, with 246 tackles in his first 31 games. His two touchdowns from his rookie season are a reminder of the playmaking threat his speed poses, too. Jones' three-down role is assured, so what we've seen the last two years should more or less be his floor. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.55 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2016.
Sidelined for Week 11
LBAtlanta Falcons
Foot
November 16, 2018
Coach Dan Quinn said that Jones (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The Falcons' decision to activate Jones from injured reserve Monday seemed to suggest the linebacker was on track to play in Week 11. However, after evaluating Jones during the Falcons' three practices this week, Quinn and the Atlanta training staff determined the 24-year-old could benefit from some more time to get up to speed following foot surgery. There's been no indication that Jones suffered any setbacks since being activated from IR, so he should have a decent shot at playing for the first time since the season opener in the Falcons' Thursday night showdown with the Saints in Week 12.
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Atlanta FalconsFalcons 2018 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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331
67
268
134
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Measurables Review
How do Deion Jones' measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
227 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.59 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
32.38 in
 
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Jones was an unconventional second-round pick out of LSU last year after playing in the 220-pound range in college, but he immediately thrived in Atlanta, showing that small, fast linebackers have a clear place in this passing-obsessed era of the NFL. Jones needed no time to transition his collegiate playmaking talent to the Falcons, as his 4.4 speed allowed him to return two of his three interceptions for touchdowns last season. Jones did not even play 900 snaps last year, so he has plenty of room for growth.
The undersized Jones won't step into a three down role from the start, but he should help improve Atlanta's coverage of opposing tight ends. He could earn a more prominent role with an impressive preseason or if injuries strike, but for now he's likely pegged for rotational work, a modest tackle total and hopefully a couple of forced fumbles or interceptions.
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Limited again Thursday
LBAtlanta Falcons
Foot
November 15, 2018
Jones (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Drawing closer to return
LBAtlanta Falcons
Foot
November 14, 2018
Coach Dan Quinn said the team will ensure Jones (foot) is "100 percent" before clearing him to return to game action, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Activated from injured reserve
LBAtlanta Falcons
Foot
November 12, 2018
The Falcons activated Jones (foot) from injured reserve Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
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Progressing towards return
LBAtlanta Falcons
Foot
November 12, 2018
Jones (foot) is eligible to return from injured reserve and is being evaluated, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Returning to practice
LBAtlanta Falcons
Foot
November 7, 2018
Jones (foot) resumed practicing Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
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