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A few minutes with Jason Jones

Post by Eric Williams on July 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm with 29 Comments »
July 31, 2012 7:09 am

Football player, basketball body
At 6-foot-5, 276, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones thought basketball would be his ticket to a college scholarship. The Detroit native averaged 24 points and 14 rebounds at Lathrup High.

But not many colleges were looking for a 6-5 power forward, so Jones used his basketball skills to become a dominant pass rusher at Eastern Michigan, where he attended school on a football scholarship.

“It’s just your footwork,” he said. “The sliding and the moves that you do in basketball – especially as a pass rusher – helps you out going against offensive lineman and people that are a little bit slower than you.”

Mr. Versatility
Besides Matt Flynn, Jones could prove to be Seattle’s most valuable free agent addition. Jones totaled 15.5 sacks in four seasons with Tennessee, being used mostly as defensive end.

But he signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal in free agency with Seattle because they promised to return him to his more natural position of defensive tackle. Jones replaces last year’s situational pass rusher Anthony Hargrove, who signed with Green Bay in free agency during the offseason.

“That’s the reason they brought me in, so that I could move up and down the line,” Jones said. “You will see me at end, and you will see me inside, too. So you’ll see me up and down the whole line.

“I think the OTAs (organized team activities) really helped me out as far as learning the playbook, the ins and outs of the defense and learning what the coaches want out of me.”

Jordan fan in Motown
Although he hales from Detroit, Jones said he grew up a fan of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. But he also rooted for the Detroit Pistons, Bad Boys Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas.

The Seahawks have a hoop at the team’s facility, so Jones said that players like receiver Sidney Rice, who played basketball at South Carolina, can show off their hoop skills during the team’s down time.

“We were out there yesterday shooting around,” Jones said. “People were seeing if they could still dunk. Sidney’s got a nice little jump shot, too. I think having that out there makes the atmosphere a little more relaxed, and a little more fun.”

Looking for a winner
Jones, 26, took a trip to NFC West division rival St. Louis during free agency. But he said one of the reasons he signed with the Seahawks is because he believes that they have enough talent to make the playoffs and ultimately compete for a Super Bowl.

Jones also likes the characters and camaraderie in his position group.

“There’s a lot of characters and a lot of personalities in the room, which makes it so much fun,” Jones said. “So I know that we can’t wait to get out there and hear that 12th Man roaring so we can get after the quarterback.”

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  1. POsts like these leave me drooling for the games…. Can’t wait!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Nice piece, E. I didn’t really know much about him personally.

  3. bird_spit says:

    I’m in

    God, how long to the games?

  4. LeePridemore says:

    I called in sick today so that I could attend the Seahawks Bing Tanning Camp in Renton. I was on the first Blue Bird school bus to land at the VMAC and wondered if Soviet prisoners held captive in Siberian gulags during the cold war had realized how similar their experience was to being a proletarian spectator at a Seahawks practice. You line up. A soldier yells instructions. You are processed. You line up. Searched. March. Line up. Climb on a train or school bus. Transported. Arrive at VMAC. This is when I decided to escape. So, I marched directly to the VIP podium outside of the main entrance which was staffed by two female soldiers and said “Peter King. Sports Illustrated.” One of the female soldiers checked her list of aristocrats and said “you’re not on the list.” I repeated “Peter King, Sports Illustrated?” Then the second female soldier who never lifted her eyes from a smartphone vocally fried an egg of a sentence “I’ll call.” I laughed and said “You don’t recognize me?” Blank stare. Empathy kicked in. I laughed and confessed that I wasn’t really Peter King. Female Soldier number two finally looked at my NASCAR t-shirt and nailed a Legally Blonde girl tone “What are you doing?” like I had criminally interrupted her facebook time. I laughed. “Impersonating Peter King.” Female soldier number two starts waving at a Renton Police Officer standing forty yards away like she was hailing a taxi in NYC. The cop is wearing sunglasses and a bullet proof vest. He moves towards us instantly. I run.

    I hide for two hours in a port-a-potty. I was not able to evaluate the offensive coaching staff. I’m going back tomorrow.

    See Ya.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    I’m going to gather all of your posts and release them as a collect works. I’ll have to go back into last preseason. It’s worth it.

  6. Soggybuc says:

    ROFL, Lee! you are my new Hero!

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Soggy – Do you remember him from last year? Lol. Good stuff.

  8. Around this time of the year is about all I really contribute to this blog. I am fortunate to live close to Renton and am able to frequent the practices. I was a bit under the weather and forgot my binoculars which I use to observe line play. But seeing as how we are pretty set and understood of what we expect from our lines I chose to observe the most obvious inconsistancy that we have which is obviously at QB.

    First off let me pre-empt my entry by stating that going into this first practice of mine that I do not agree with a 3 way competition and that it was my opinion that RW was getting confidence buff to drive him harder. I thought that Pete had already had a preconcieved idea that Tjack and Flynn were legitimately competing with eachother.

    Today RW had primary snaps with the first team. That being said Tjack and Flynn got their due reps pretty evenly when it came to team drills.

    The day began with some intermediate/deep throws and timing routes. RW had very poor placement and timing to his right and was consistantly overthrown. When I say consistantly I mean misfiring on 4/5 by my count. Not good. Flynn showed consistant placement but the ball floated a little compared to the other two. TJack… Was very, very impressive. Hit every reciever on every throw in perfect stride. As far as im concerned Tjack is top 3-5 in the league with his deep ball… yes i said it in the league(this obviously bears no evaluation to the other areas). Fast forward to redzone. RW misfired on first two throws. TJack absolutely laced his about 20 yards out for 2 excellent touchdown throws right up the middle which has been a weakness of his. Flynn checked down one throw quickly and put the other throw about 20 up to near the goaline.

    Mid practice watching them throw and I think to myself. RW isnt even in the equation. The real competition is between flynn and Tjack. I was right all along theyre pushing RW to improve as much as he can.

    Fast forward to full team drills. This my friends is why there is a 3 way competition….

    RW is a Gamer. When the pads are flying and the game is moving is when you see just why RW is in the mix. He can manipulate the pocket with his movement and seems to quickly find outlets through the middle consistantly. Which is impressive for his small stature. He is excellent at throwing on the move and it comes from the loosness in his hips which is comparable to a DB. The thing that stands out most from the others is RW’s arm control and how it translates to his velocity control. This is why you hear recievers saying that he throws a catchable ball. He takes off the mustard when he needs to and turns up the zip when he needs to. That being said you saw a little more pocket breaking with RW because he needs that manipulation to throw. This in turn will tire out your O-line much more quickly.

    TJack – I wont go too in depth with Tjack as we mostly know what hes capable of. He did look very sharp in practice. Obviously had the most command, and had that pretty deep ball which was see often today. He improved with his throws up the middle which he struggle with last year. However in comparison with RW, Velocity control on shorter-intermediate routes was poor which translated to some low balls and poor placement. But otherwise TJack looked good

    Flynn – was the model of consistancy. Not much variation on his velocity control and anytime you saw a ball in the air you would know that flynn threw it. It floats a bit but the placement and accuracy was mostly spot on. Deep balls, intermediate and short. He was mostly accurate. If he missed it was an overthrow outside the numbers. He sees the field well and is very decisive in the areas that you see TJack trying to let things develop. If flynn is going to check down he’s going to do it quickly giving his out enough time to make something happen. Sometimes i felt that he checked down too quickly but it was hard to see what the coverage was doing from where i was sitting.

    Although the day had RW and Tjack taking majority of primary first team snaps, it had a lot of Flynn sprinkled in. What i also noticed is that you saw a lot of Tjack and Flynn working with the same personell and against the same personell. If i were to bet my shorts it would be that is completely by design and that the true evaluation is still between tjack and flynn. I said it before here and this first practice does not sway me one bit. I think you will be surprised about how much Tjack will actually make a push to start. In the end I think we all know who will win though.

    Sorry for the long post. Ill post some other tidbits i noticed later….

  9. Sign me up for the LeePridemore blog. lol.

    Seriously, I was watching Jason Jones a lot at practice the other day. The dude has a variety of inside moves and is going to be a ton of fun to watch. Also, Jaye Howard, backup up at the same position, looked good too. We’re going to have some action from our 3-techs this year!

  10. HawksKD, great observations, thanks!

  11. Soggybuc says:

    Good stuff KD, thanks and keep it up. Jaye Howard, yes I am a life long Gator fan. that said you do not count out a guy out who is a Gator for the last decade. Florida has fielded top to bottom one of the deepest rosters in Div.I.
    Will Jaye be a pro bowler? who knows. all I’m saying is the boy can play! otherwise he would have been a Beaver or a Buffulhole, or a Semenhole, or worse yet! he could have gone to Notre Dam!

  12. Definitely pad popping like Eric said. I didnt know that it was wright on the sending end of ALL of those. I like that Wright is taking on a leadership role and setting an example.

    Ricardo Lockette is making the most of opportunity by becoming a consistant deep threat for all QB’s. He was very underwhelming last year as was Kris Durham. Ricardo seems more intent on making a name for himself this camp.

    Don’t count out Tate. I think he is aware this is the last chance he has to make a living in this league. He needs to step up and he knows it and it shows. He’s always been fantastic at practice. Nows the time for it to translate on the field.

    Jeremy Lane had a solid day in coverage despite getting beat out by tate once and lockette deep once.

    #37 looked fast and has some pop to his tackle – no idea who that was

    Richard Sherman had quite a few nice pass break ups and despite having a very strong year last year looks poised to really make a name for himself.

    Lumpkin has some meat on him AND some speed. He may be a victim of the numbers game which will be a shame. He runs hard.

    Earl looked good and fast as always. Very happy to see them stop the Nickelback experiment with him they tried last year. It’s a sore site watching Earl getting abused by recievers. (again this was last year).
    That being said something to keep an eye on is the competition at nickel between trufant and roy lewis.

  13. Soggy – I was looking up numbers from people I couldn’t identify… but the very small time i took watching the lines go at it Jaye Howard stood out and looked powerful and fast. Seemed to be causing the O-line some headaches on 1 on 1 drills.

  14. bbnate420 says:

    The video only plays for 10 seconds for me. Anyone else having this problem? Someone get me some of whatever LeePridemore is smoking! ;-)

  15. bbnate420 says:

    Not sure 6’5″ and 276 pounds is a basketball body unless you’re talking about Charles “The Round Mound of Rebound” Barkley in the 1980′s.

  16. bbnate420 says:

    It’s going to be interesting how the QB playing time is divided up in the 1st preseason game. They won’t have time to play multiple QBs versus the other teams’ ones. This makes me think it will take until preseason game #2 until we know who the starting Qb will be!

  17. montanamike2 says:

    Love the info KD, thanks.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Nice KD. Thanks!

  19. Bbnate420: Sorry about that. The video’s been fixed.

  20. Or Spud Webb.

  21. bbnate420 says:

    No problem, Eric. I just watched it, and it was a great interview. I don’t think it gets said enough, but you do a GREAT job on this blog. Without naming names, you are heads and tails above some other team bloggers on this site.

  22. bbnate420 says:

    I didn’t mean Dave Boling, just to make it clear. He is awesome and adds a lot when he takes over for you or adds to the blog during camp.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yes, good work Eric!!!

    Eric, I know it’s early however is there anything that you see concerning how the linebacker group is doing? Especially the two rookies?

    And do you think that undrafted free agent WR Bates has a good chance to at least make the practice squad ?

  24. Thanks for all that KD – great post.

    I’m guessing Jason Jones still gets picked first in plenty of b-ball pickup games . . .

  25. RDPoulsbo says:

    Good stuff KD. It sounds pretty much like what I’d have expected from RW. As good as his raw skills are, he’s still a rookie. There really is no need to rush him onto the field right now while he gets his feet under him as a pro.

    I’m really excited to see Jones play. This was an under the radar signing that got buried under the Flynn news, but I can’t wait to see him bring the interior pass rush this team has been lacking for a few years.

    Jaye Howard seems to be the draftee that no one talks about. I’ve only seen a few game films from Florida, but the talent is definitely there. He’s going to need to develop a few pass rush moves, but he could be tough to block in a few years.

  26. iHateHarbaugh says:

    Guys, Monday was the 1st time i’ve been able to attend Training Camp, are they on the far field everyday or do they alternate?? I brought my sister hoping to get her a somewhat up-close view of the NFL but she was wishing we had binocs… ?? thanks. #12thMan

  27. bbnate420 says:

    Harbaugh, ALWAYS bring binoculars to camp!!!!!!!

  28. iHateHarbaugh says:

    now i know!! i just thought the 11-on-11 would be on the near field, i loved it but for a more casual fan i could see how they might be a bit bored. Thanks bbnate420. RW looked good, as did Tate & Lockette, Guy is way bigger than i thought, & KJ Wright might be my new fav player…

  29. HateHarbaugh –

    It alternates so they dont wear out one field over the other.

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