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Packers, McCarthy Had Their Eye on Josh Jones for a While

With all the hype Green Bay Packers’ second-round pick Josh Jones has been getting, he better be good.

Jones has been the talk of the draft class. First, because as a safety, he was a surprise pick. Then, when the Packers started playing him at inside linebacker.

Now we know that the Packers and even coach Mike McCarthy, who doesn’t involve himself in the scouting process, coveted Jones as far back as November.

“I remember seeing (film of) Josh Jones playing back in November. And Brian Gutekunst saying, ‘Hey, you’ve got to take a look at this guy,’ ” McCarthy recalled of Jones. “So he was a favorite player of mine in the draft class long before we even went to the combine (in February).”

The word everyone with the Packers uses to describe Jones is versatile.

That would make sense if he’s going to be a playing a hybrid role in the Packers’ defense. The thought is Jones can cover, he can play the run, he can hit, he’s big, he’s fast, etc.

So, listen, no pressure at all, kid!

It will be exciting to see if Jones can live up to the billing, especially as a rookie.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Packers fan May 20, 2017

    Use Josh Jones the way the Cardinals use Deone Bucannon in Hyde’s role.

  2. MJ May 22, 2017

    Well, enjoy whatever he brings to the team while on his rookie contract. His agent is now Drew Rosenhaus. Yes, the guy that made Sam Shields be paid like a shutdown corner. It will only matter if Jones plays well, otherwise, not even Rosenhaus will secure him a good contract.