Playing the last eight games of the 2006 AFL season, including Melbourne's two finals, Jones excelled, gathering numerous possessions, and showing much grunt and tenacity for someone in his debut season.
Jones has only missed three games since debuting late in 2006, and has finished in the top five of the club's Best and Fairest in every year. This, combined with his relentless attack on the ball and willingness to put his body on the line, has made him one of the club's most consistent and promising young stars.
Despite a poor season from Melbourne in 2012, in which they finished 16th, Jones took his game to a new level, winning the club's Best and Fairest as well as polling 14 votes in the Brownlow Medal to finish in the top 20. He was elevated to vice captain prior to the 2013 season.
Jones continued to impress during the 2013 AFL season, resulting in back to back Best and Fairests. Jones' notable improvement in his skill and leadership led him to be elected Melbourne co-captain alongside Jack Grimes in January 2014.