The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have solidified one of the better safety tandems in the NFL Tuesday with the acquisition of Sean Jones from the Eagles. Bucs fans have become used to a Strong Safety who lurks along the line of scrimmage while having the ability to collect footballs in the secondary like Stamps. Sixteen INTs in four years is a nice portfolio for such a player.
The Bucs have been last among stopping the run lately, and Jones will probably be an asset in helping with that department. Coming out of the University of Georgia in 2004, the Bucs were scouting Jones with a young secondary assistant named Raheem Morris. Now having started 53 of his past 59 games, the 6' 1" 220 pound Jones will go directly up against incumbent Sabby Piscitelli in camp for the Strong Safety Position.
The Versitile Jones played both Quarterback AND Defensive End in Westlake High School where he passed for 2,490 yards and 31 touchdowns, and also ran for 800 more yards and 11 more scores on the ground. As a Bulldog, he started 24 games and finished with a sack, ten stops for losses, three recovered fumbles and seven interceptions. As a special teams candidate, he blocked 4 kicks!
Check out this YouTube Video of Mr. Jones scoop n score ability vs the Volunteers.
The Cleveland Brows saw fit to bring him into their organization, using a second round pick (#59 overall) on the 2004 draft day, but he missed his entire rookie season with a knee Injury that he suffered before play started. He played almost exclusively on Special Teams during the 2005 season for the Browns, and started all 16 games as Safety in 2006, picking up AFC defensive player of the Week on 10/29 vs the Jets with 3 tackles and 2 interceptions. The next year brought 16 more starts for Jones, with improved stats; 96 tackles and 5 picks. An injury in 2008 prevented him from starting more than 12 games, yet still amassed 56 tackles, a forced fumble, 4 more picks and 4 deflected passes! To say he has a knack for the ball, well would be a bit of an understatement for our newest member.
Fox.com's Scout section ranked Jones the 33rd highest Free Agent in the 2009 preview, about twenty spots below our own Jermaine Philips. He is not listed in their top 50 for the 2010 edition.
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