The Tennessee Titans confirmed the signing of former Jaguars defensive tackle Abry Jones.
Jones (6-4, 318) has played in 105 games, with 52 starts, over the past eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before signing with the Titans, Jones spent his entire career in Jacksonville. He’s tallied 186 tackles and 9.5 sacks in his career, along with three fumble recoveries. Jones signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jaguars following the 2013 NFL Draft after playing in college at Georgia.
Jones was hampered by an ankle injury in 2020. It limited him to just five games as his season ended in October.
This is an interesting signing. On the surface, Jones appears to have the potential to be more than just a camp body. He’s an experienced NFL’er at a position that lacks depth. Going through the Titans’ defense up the middle, there isn’t anything proven behind Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry. DaQuan Jones left in free agency. Teair Tart and Larrell Murchison are both promising second year players, but have yet to prove much. That’s where a guy like Jones can step in and compete for a spot.
Let’s take a deeper look into how PFF graded Jones throughout the 2019 season. We decided to analyze 2019 instead of 2020 since Jones only played in a handful of games this past year.
Total snaps played on defense: 558
Run defense snaps: 270
Pass rush snaps: 288
Solo tackles: 23
* DL with at least 20% of league-highest volume are ranked.
Overall grade: 60.4
Run defense grade: 60.4
Pass rush grade: 54.0
These numbers don’t jump off the screen, but there’s a reason that Jones is entering his ninth season in the league. It’s worth monitoring how Jones performs throughout training camp and during the preseason.