Chris Jones (punter)
|No. 6 Dallas Cowboys|
|Date of birth:||July 21, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Rome, Georgia|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||Coosa (GA)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Jones attended Coosa High School where he was an All-Area punter. He accepted a scholarship from Carson-Newman College where he was a four-time starter and All-SAC performer. As a freshman he led the SAC with a 41.4 average per punt. As a senior he was second in the league with a 42.1 yards average. For his career he averaged 40.3 yards per punt, registered 46 punts inside the 20-yard-line, 20 punts of at least 50 yards and his longest punt was 73 yards.
Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cowboys in 2011 and was released before the season started. He was signed to the team's practice squad and filled in for an injured Mat McBriar in two games, recording a 42.6-yard gross average.
In 2012, the Cowboys showed faith in his potential by not resigning McBriar, who was arguably the best punter in franchise history. He entered the season as the starter, but suffered a left knee injury on September 23 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he nearly had a punt blocked. On October 14 playing against the Baltimore Ravens, although he was still rehabbing the injury, he was forced to punt with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament. He was placed on the injured reserve list on October 24.
On August 24, 2013, during a preseason game, he was the second player (first Cowboys player) to hit the Cowboys Stadium high definition "jumbotron" scoreboard. In 2013, he regained his starting job and in his first full season finished with a 45-yard gross average, a 39.1-yard net average and 21 punts inside the 20-yard-line.
- "Carson-Newman : CNEagles.com : Jones inks rookie free agent deal with Dallas Cowboys". CNEagles.com. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
|Current punters in the National Football League (as of Week 17 of the 2014 NFL season)|
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