Deion Jones
Deion Jones
25-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Atlanta Falcons
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Jones is a time-tested LB2 with LB1 upside, as the speedy playmaker posts standout reliable tackle production to go with occasional splash plays and very rarely leaves the field when healthy. Although he isn't a likely blitz contributor with just two career sacks, he has 409 tackles while playing 3,266 defensive snaps in his career, which projects to about 125 tackles per 1,000 snaps. Given Jones' athleticism and coverage prowess, it's reasonable to project steady interception production to supplement the tackle numbers. Although he had only one interception last year, the fact that he picked off eight passes on the prior 2,301 snaps means he's a good candidate to go on a spree sometime soon. That's worth keeping in mind, because Jones has otherwise demonstrated the reliable ability to score touchdowns - four on 10 career turnovers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $57 million contract with the Falcons in July of 2019.
Pick-six of Winston seals Weeks 17
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 30, 2019
Jones accounted for three tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception return for a touchdown to provide Atlanta with a 28-22 overtime win against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The 25-year-old linebacker came down with his first INT of 2019 during Week 17, and the play proved pivotal as Jones scampered 28 yards into the end zone to secure a walk-off win. After sitting out 10 games last year with a broken foot, Jones was capable of suiting up for all 16 of his team's contests this season while reaching 110 total tackles for the second time in his career. In addition to his tackling acumen, Jones also established a new career high with four QB hits, while scoring a TD for the fourth time in four professional seasons. Signed with Atlanta through 2023, Jones will be the anchor to the Falcons' linebacking corps once again next season, and his performance will become especially decisive if De'Vondre Campbell signs elsewhere during free agency.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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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
 
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2019 Atlanta Falcons
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July 21, 2019
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Jones would have played safety or even cornerback in the '90s, but in the modern era you want as much speed as possible to offset the constantly growing aerial threat. With 4.4 speed and a natural linebacker acumen, Jones can match anyone as far as tackle and coverage threats go at linebacker. He hasn't been much of a blitzer with two sacks in 37 games, but his tackle and interception rates per 1,000 snaps are 130 and 3.5, respectively. Jones' coverage burden will remain enormous in a shootout-prone division, and that perfectly suits his IDP interests.
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.
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.
More Fantasy News
Held in check versus Jags
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 24, 2019
Jones notched three tackles (two solo) and one defended pass during Sunday's 24-12 win over the Jaguars.
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Surpasses 100 tackles in win
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 17, 2019
Jones logged nine tackles (three solo) in Sunday's win over the 49ers.
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Comes down to earth
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 9, 2019
Jones recorded four tackles (two solo) and one defended pass during Sunday's 40-20 win over the Panthers.
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Helps keep Kamara in check
LBAtlanta Falcons
November 29, 2019
Jones collected nine total tackles and one pass deflection during Thursday's 26-18 loss to New Orleans.
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Team's top tackler in Week 12 loss
LBAtlanta Falcons
November 24, 2019
Jones collected nine total tackles, including one tackle for loss, during Sunday's 35-22 defeat to the Buccaneers.
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