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    Injured safety Jones not done yet
    Friday, August 13, 2004
    Tony Grossi
    Plain Dealer Reporter

    Could rookie safety Sean Jones be ready to play late this year, after all?

    When Jones tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a quarterback school workout in June, the club did not disagree with reports that Jones was out for the season.

    Now coach Butch Davis will not rule out Jones making it all the way at some point this year.

    Davis said on NFL Network's "Total Access" on Wednesday night that Jones could be a candidate for the physically unable to perform (PUP) list when the regular season opens.

    That would reserve an opportunity to make Jones active at some point after the sixth week. The Browns would have until the ninth week to activate a 21-day window to determine Jones' eligibility.

    It's the same method by which running back Lee Suggs was able to play last year after opening the season on the PUP list after shoulder surgery. Suggs was activated for the 10th game and stole the No. 1 running back job with a 186-yard rushing day in the 16th game.

    "At this stage, everybody's a candidate [for PUP] that didn't originally pass the physical," Davis said Thursday. "You really don't know until we get down to the 53 [roster cutdown], and then the doctors predominantly guide that.

    "If the doctors say there's absolutely no way he's going to be back, and if they say there might be some hope, we'll judge it then."

    Jones, drafted in the second round from Georgia, was considered a candidate to press for a starting safety spot at some point his rookie season before his injury.

    Jones had surgery on the knee July 1. He said it was described to him as a six- to nine-month rehabilitation period, which would take him into January at the earliest. But team doctors were encouraged that he was ahead of that schedule.

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  • MauiRam
    Barrett Jones healthy and ready to compete
    by MauiRam
    By Nick Wagoner

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As fourth round picks go, St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Barrett Jones brought with him one of the most impressive college résumés you're ever going to find.

    In a decorated collegiate career at Alabama, Jones was an integral part of three national title teams and won nearly every major award a lineman can take home, including the Outland and Rimington trophies. Along with that, he also carried an inherent amount of expectations.

    So when Jones' rookie season amounted to little more than a redshirt year as he recovered from foot surgery, the adjustment was a big one.

    "It was frustrating but it was also a learning experience," Jones said. "Last year was great from the standpoint of I grew a lot, not only as a player but also as a person. It’s tough when you kind of go from the top of the totem pole in college and then you go into the bottom in the NFL and you have to carry pads and things like that."

    As it turned out, carrying pads was about the extent of Jones' on-field activities in 2013. Before arriving in St. Louis, he suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot in the SEC championship game during his senior year and played through the injury in the BCS title game. He had surgery soon after the season but needed additional cleanup work before he could even get going with the Rams.

    Jones went five months without being able to run, which severely limited his ability to get in shape and go through a normal workout routine. Jones lost muscle, gained the wrong kinds of weight and was essentially cut off from doing any sort of workouts involving his lower body.

    The Rams drafted Jones knowing full well that his rehab would take some time and were well-prepared to be patient with him in his rookie season. He was inactive the first 13 games of the season and only made sporadic appearances on special teams in the final three games after injuries to other linemen left Jones as one of few options remaining on the roster.

    While Jones was an active participant in meeting rooms, he simply hadn't had enough opportunities to translate those lessons to the field. Believing that Jones didn't have enough repetitions and that he wasn't prepared to handle the physical nature of the league, the Rams resisted the urge to insert Jones into the lineup before he was ready.

    It was an assessment Jones understood.

    "I didn’t have any problem memorizing what to do but there’s just a certain amount of times you have to see something in person to be able to do it in football," Jones said. "It’s a totally different view watching it on film and seeing it and making the calls than it is from down on the ground where it’s not as easy to see what’s going on and it’s all happening way faster.

    "It’s got to become instinct. When you see something happen,...
    -06-08-2014, 01:58 PM
  • RAMMAN68
    Pac-Man Jones: 'I Will Be Nowhere Near Next Friday's Strip-Club Stabbing'
    by RAMMAN68
    June 21, 2007 | Onion Sports


    LOS ANGELES—Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pac-Man" Jones called a press conference Tuesday in order to emphasize that he will be nowhere near a possibly fatal stabbing that will occur during a fight involving several members of his entourage and the bartender at an L.A.–area strip club this coming Friday.


    "I just want people to know that I'm not going to be present at Shaker's, the club where possibly about to be deceased chump-ass bartender Darrent Wilson has been known to exchange harsh language and threats with my known associates, including kicking me and my people out of his establishment," said Jones, who is also currently being questioned by police concerning a recent shooting at an Atlanta strip club and is currently on suspension from the NFL following a melee and shooting in February at a Las Vegas strip club. "I am sorry for what is about to happen to this man, who will be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it will have had nothing to do with me."

    Jones also took the opportunity to appeal once more to the NFL for leniency in a case of what he called "bad luck."

    "I will be going to bed at midnight on Friday anyway, and the gentleman in question will not be knifed until about 3 a.m.," Jones added. "And about Wednesday I'm deciding to give up strip clubs anyway, since bad stuff can happen there, especially when employees act unreasonable. Just because I know the guys who will be there when this happens doesn't necessarily mean I knew it was going to happen."

    The fight, which sources close to Jones say will apparently start as an argument over a woman, will involve Wilson and at least three as-yet unidentified members of Jones' group, although witnesses will not be able to place Jones at the scene. When contacted about the incident, Jones plans to promise to cooperate with authorities in their investigation and pray for Wilson's speedy recovery, if the bartender is alive at the time.

    Jones stressed that no charges have yet been filed against him, saying that, although unfortunate, anticipation of the stabbing was "blowing the incident all out of proportion."

    "This Saturday will mark my sixth arrest, or possibly seventh. I can't tell the future," Jones said, shaking his head in apparent anger. "Yet I won't get charged this time, either. They'll just be persecuting me for the stabbing that's going to happen because of the other stuff that already happened. Is that fair? I don't think that when Mr. Smart Mouth Darrent Wilson gets stabbed it should affect my career like that."

    "You know that Darrent, the guy who's going to get tragically stabbed, has always had it in for me," Jones added. "By the time he gets put in the hospital or killed, he will have thrown...
    -07-12-2007, 08:46 PM
  • r8rh8rmike
    Barrett Jones Passes Rams' Physical
    by r8rh8rmike
    Barrett Jones passes Rams' physical

    By Terry McCormick | National Football Post – 18 hours ago..

    Offensive lineman Barrett Jones has passed his physical, clearing him to leave the non-football injury list and join the St. Louis Rams' training camp roster.

    Jones, a key part of the University of Alabama's standout offensive line, underwent foot surgery in the off-season after playing in the national championship game with the injury.
    -07-29-2013, 12:05 PM
  • MauiRam
    Barrett Jones says he's healthiest he's been since NFL arrival ..
    by MauiRam
    By Nick Wagoner

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- For the first time since his arrival in the NFL in 2013, St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Barrett Jones is fully healthy.

    Whether it was recovering from a foot injury as a rookie or back surgery last year, Jones has never been able to offer much to the Rams because he's spent more time in the training room than on the practice field. All of those ailments have been enough to limit Jones to 10 games and just 22 offensive snaps in two seasons after a decorated college career.

    What's worse, they've kept Jones from having full offseasons to work out and add the muscle the Rams believe he needs to hold up on the line. So Jones had a simple goal this offseason.

    "I definitely wanted to be 100 percent," Jones said. "When I had back surgery last year, I wasn’t able to work out for a long time, so I wanted to put a lot more muscle on. I feel really good about where my body is make up wise and getting to work out a whole offseason healthy and that was one of my goals, to pack on more muscle and lean up a little bit. I think I’ve leaned up a little bit."

    Jones does look like he's added some lean muscle, though he said he doesn't have any numbers on how much weight he's lost or what his body fat percentage is now.

    "I don’t know," Jones said. "I’m not a science guy. Us big guys, we’re still not anxious for body fat tests. When we’re in good shape, it’s more like 20 (percent) so it’s not the same."

    This offseason also hasn't been the same for Jones, but in a good way. The former two-time All American, three-time national champion and Outland Trophy winner said he has no lingering issues from any of his previous injuries and has been able to consistently stay in the weight room.

    The timing of that health couldn't be better for Jones, who is also in position to win a starting job for the first time since he arrived. The Rams released center Scott Wells in March, and Jones is one of three players competing to win that job. Rams coach Jeff Fisher has made it clear that the mental aspect of the offense will be a primary factor in determining a winner, which is good news for Jones, who is considered one of the most intelligent linemen on the roster.

    But staying mentally sharp has never been much of a concern for Jones. In that regard, he's ready. It all comes down to whether he's strong enough to hold up against some of the brute-force defensive linemen he'll see, especially in the rugged NFC West division.

    Although it's just his third season, Jones is well aware that this is his best chance to prove he belongs.

    "It's definitely a big year," Jones said. "It's a performance-based league obviously, and this is a year I have got to perform well. I know that and I'm here working hard. At the same time, I try not to worry...
    -06-16-2015, 12:49 AM
  • RamWraith
    Punting Without Peer
    by RamWraith
    Wednesday, December 3, 2008

    By Nick Wagoner
    Senior Writer

    Five years ago, a low line drive punt traveling 41 yards that netted just 12 yards such as the one Donnie Jones booted in the first quarter against San Francisco on Nov. 16, would have been enough to drive Jones to a point of frustration that would have ruined him for the rest of the game.

    Such is the fragile psyche of a young punter in the NFL. At one of the few positions in the NFL where success or failure can be instantly recognized by anyone watching, it’s up to the punter to immediately put the previous punt – good or bad – in the rearview mirror.

    “I’d go in the toilet,” Jones said. “I was bad. I thought I was going to get cut. Then it would kind of snowball.”

    Since arriving in St. Louis on April 25, 2007 as a free agent, that snowball has apparently melted.

    In his first season as a Ram, Jones posted one of the finest seasons by a punter in franchise history. His 47.2 yard average was the highest season average in franchise history and helped him finish second in the NFC and third in the NFL in that category.

    And for as good as Jones was in 2007, he appears poised to take those numbers to a new level.

    Through 12 games, Jones leads the NFL with a 49.7 yard average on 63 punts. Perhaps more impressive and a testament to the hang time and angle of his punts in addition to the distance is Jones’ 40.7 net average which is good for third in the league and first in the NFC in that category.

    “I do think he’s a Pro Bowler,” coach Jim Haslett said. “There are a couple things. One, he has a live leg, a really live leg. He’s a big guy, he’s powerful. He can control the ball well, he can spot it, he can place it where he wants to. If he wants to kick it deep, he can kick it high. He can do almost anything he wants. I think Donnie feels good about it; he can’t punt it down there. We don’t have to worry about punting it out of bounds or sideways if we have a great returner. We punt to the best. The coverage units have been doing a good job and obviously he has a heck of a leg on him.”

    Just 26 games into his career as a Ram, it’s safe to say the days of fretting over being released or where his next opportunity might come are a thing of the past for Jones.

    “When I got here I finally said ‘Listen, you kicked a bad one so what are you going to do now?’” Jones said. “Are you going to sit there and sulk and say oh what am I going to do? I used to do all of that stuff and it kills you. Your head is not even in the game so you hit a bad one, it’s over. It’s a new game, go back out, start over and do it. The bad ones are going to happen. As much as you don’t want them to happen, they just do for some reason. You have to get over it.”

    PLEASED TO PUNT

    The process of remembering to forget has been many years in...
    -12-04-2008, 06:38 AM
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