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That Datone Jones Move Appears to Be Working Nicely

The Green Bay Packers moved defensive end Datone Jones to outside linebacker a few weeks ago and that move appears to be paying dividends.

In the two games Jones has primarily played linebacker, he’s totaled five tackles and two sacks. That’s not setting the world on fire, but that’s huge production for Jones, who has largely been a bust since the Packers chose him in the first round of the 2013 draft.

In short, the Packers have created a mismatch. As you’ll see right here, Jones is going to draw a one-on-one matchup with a tight end. More times than not, he’ll be able to win that matchup.

Essentially, teams are being forced to make a decision. Block Jones with a lineman, a matchup they will probably win, or block him with a tight end, a matchup he will probably win.

If they choose the former, that means taking a double team off someone like Mike Daniels or B.J. Raji, etc.

Either way, it works in the Packers’ favor.

If only there was a way to create these type of mismatches on offense…

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. gort November 29, 2015

    So, MM gets one good move every year. Last year it was moving Clay Matthews, this year it was Datone Jones, does that mean we must wait until next year to see Adams ride the bench?

  2. Andy Pants November 29, 2015

    Did you lose your script?

  3. icebowl November 30, 2015

    Still not convinced he’s legit…
    Let’s see how he does vs. Butterball & Co. on Thurs…