Don Jones (American football)

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Don Jones
Don Jones 2007.jpg
Don "D.J." Jones, high school senior, August 2007. Photo by Michael Wetzel
No. 29     New England Patriots
Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-05-14) May 14, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Town Creek, Alabama
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Town Creek (AL) Hazlewood
College: Arkansas State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 250
Debuted in 2013 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2014
Tackles 11
Sacks 0.0
Forced fumbles 1
Stats at NFL.com

Don Jones (born May 14, 1990) is an American football strong safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football at Arkansas State University for the Red Wolves.

Early years[edit]

Played running back and defensive back for the Hazlewood Golden Bears in Town Creek, Alabama, coached by Aaron Goode. He starred as a guard on the basketball team, coached by Shane Childress. As a senior, Jones won the Class 1A 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters in track.
Jones ran for 1,869 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior year and had scholarship offers from 10 Division I schools. In July 2007, before his senior year, Jones was timed at 4.38 in a 40-yard dash at the Alabama-Birmingham football camp.[1]
Hazlewood High School also has produced former NFL players Antonio Langham, Kerry Goode, Chris Goode, Kalvin Pearson, Joe Manley and Bob Penchion.

College career[edit]

He played college football for the Arkansas State Red Wolves, where he started as a running back for head coach Steve Roberts. While with the Red Wolves, Jones rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 24 attempts and had 12 catches for 146 yards and a score as a freshman in 2009.
He then transferred to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he became a safety for head coach Steve Campbell, now head coach at the University of Central Arkansas. He then returned to Arkansas State in 2011, where he moved to defensive back and linebacker under head coach Hugh Freeze, now head coach at Ole Miss. As a senior for the Red Wolves, Jones played for Gus Malzahn, now head coach at Auburn University.

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Jones was selected 44th in the seventh round (250th overall) by the Miami Dolphins.[2] His NFL.com draft profile grade was 50.2[3]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Don Jones made a game-changing play for the Dolphins on Sept. 22, 2013, against the Atlanta Falcons in the Dolphins' first home game of the season. Covering a punt on special teams, Jones forced a fumble when he hit punt returner Harry Douglas with 1:48 left in the third quarter. The Dolphins, trailing at the time 20-13, recovered the loose ball and scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive and went on to win 27-23. The victory improved the Dolphins' record to 3-0. He played on the special teams in all 16 regular-season games for the Dolphins, who finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs. On Dec. 24, 2013, Jones was named to the Professional Football Writers Association's All-Rookie Team as the kick gunner on special teams.

On Twitter, Jones wrote "Horrible" and "OMG" shortly after the drafting of Michael Sam by the St. Louis Rams and was promptly fined by the Dolphins and suspended from team activities. He was required to undergo educational training before he can return to the team. [4] Jones was reinstated on May 19, 2014 after completing the training.[5]

Jones was waived by the Dolphins on August 31, 2014.

New England Patriots[edit]

The New England Patriots claimed Jones off waivers on September 1, 2014.

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