Deion Jones
Deion Jones
24-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Atlanta Falcons
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.
Foresees defensive improvement
LBAtlanta Falcons
February 1, 2019
Jones portrayed Thursday that the Falcons defense will be eager to improve next season after a rocky 2018 campaign. "I think it's going to be a little bit different," Jones said of his expectations for the Atlanta defense in 2019. "(We) have a chip on (our) shoulder about what happened this year and guys coming back have a lot to prove. We've just got to put it all together and set our standard and get after it."
Other than foreseeing an attitude adjustment for the Falcons defense in 2019, Jones also exuded optimism about head coach Dan Quinn assuming defensive play-calling responsibilities for the recently dismissed Marquand Manuel. "He's always been around us, but now we'll have him around permanently," Jones explained. "It will be great to have him. He knows each guy; each aspect of the defense and he'll have it rolling." Jones himself is aiming for a bounce-back season after a foot injury cost him 10 games in 2018. With Jones out of the lineup, Atlanta struggled in containing opposing running backs in the passing game, surrendering the second-most receptions and the third-most receiving yards to the position.
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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.
6' 1"
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
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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 production in finale
LBAtlanta Falcons
January 2, 2019
Jones registered four stops and two pass deflections during Sunday's 34-32 win over the Buccaneers.
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Practices fully Thursday
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 27, 2018
Jones (foot) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of reports.
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Limited at Wednesday's session
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 26, 2018
Jones was limited during Wednesday's session with a foot injury, Vaughn McClure of reports.
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Team's leading tackler in win
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 24, 2018
Jones tallied 14 combined tackles and one forced fumble during Sunday's 24-10 win against the Panthers.
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Notches pick-six in win
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 18, 2018
Jones recorded four tackles (three solo), two passes defensed and returned an interception for a touchdown during Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
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