Packers Brad Jones: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card
1) Introduction: Taken in the seventh round of the 2009 draft by the Packers, Brad Jones has so far had an interesting career, to say the least. He was thrust into a starting role during his rookie year when Aaron Kampman suffered a season-ending injury. Jones remained the starter in 2010 until a shoulder injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. Since then, he has seen the field sporadically, not being able to lock down a permanent position on the team.
Bradley Edward Jones
- Age: 26
- Born: 04/01/1986, in Lansing, MI
- Height: 6’3″
- Weight: 242
- College: Colorado
- Rookie Year: 2009
- NFL Experience: 4 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: With Erik Walden being re-signed and Nick Perry drafted to be the starting outside linebacker across from Clay Matthews, Brad Jones looked to be filling the role of back-up once again. The coaches had experimented with moving him to inside linebacker during OTAs, but come training camp, he appeared to move back to his original role as outside linebacker. Nobody foresaw the need for Jones to take a starting role at inside linebacker.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: I have to be honest here, I can’t recall much in the way of glowing moments for Brad Jones. Of course, I also can’t think of any epic failures, either. He had a good game against the Tennessee Titans, with a sack and six recorded stops for the defense, so take that for what it’s worth.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: For a third-string starter outside of his natural position, Brad Jones filled in rather admirably for the fallen Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith. He didn’t make a lot of impact plays, but he worked hard and took care of his assignments. Despite being the lone ILB in dime packages, Jones wasn’t particularly strong in coverage, though certainly he was a better option than A.J. Hawk.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Brad Jones’ level of contributions in the postseason was consistent with what he did in the regular season. He struggled in run support against Minnesota and San Francisco, but his pass coverage was respectable. Despite allowing five receptions on six targets, they were only for a grand total of 26 yards.
Season Report Card:
(B+) Level of expectations met during the season
(C+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C+) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: B-——————Follow @ChadToporski