Datone Jones Heads To Minnesota’s 4-3 Defense
When Packers drafted Datone Jones, there was a great deal of excitement. He projected around the spot Green Bay selected him, and he brought a pass-rushing aspect to the 3-4 defense of Dom Capers. Things never worked out the way they were supposed to for him though. Jones moved positions multiple times to try and find himself with Packers defense. It never happened. The former first-round pick clearly wanted no part of being the next Nick Perry as he went to Minnesota on a one-year deal to play in a 4-3 defense as a defensive end.
Ignore the chatter about Minnesota picking up Packers leftovers because this one is a little different. Jones can make a big impact in Mike Zimmer’s defense. This isn’t a last resort thing for Minnesota, rather, they see an opportunity with Jones to build that defense even more. It’ll be interesting to see how Jones adjusts back to a 4-3 defense. Who knows if that will take a game or two during the season.
As for Packers, their front seven continues to look very thin. There are some major pieces with Clay Matthews, Mike Daniels, Nick Perry and Kenny Clark (Yeah, I said it), but there are major holes that cannot be fixed by rookies. With Davon House on the team, Green Bay’s focus should be towards the front seven. Jones didn’t want to be answer in Green Bay. He made up his mind to play 4-3 and decided to do it with one of the best 4-3 defensive coaches there are in football.
There’s a very good chance Packers fans are going to ask “Why wasn’t Jones this player in Green Bay?” by November.