Jaguars NT Abry Jones not satisfied with just being a run-stuffer

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The most important thing that Abry Jones wants to show in his first season as the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting nose tackle is that he's more than just a big body that can clog up the middle and occupy double-teams.

Jones wants to prove that he can rush the passer, too.

"I do not want to be [known as a run-stuffer]," Jones said. "I want to be a complete, total football player. I want to be a guy that's going to help this team in all situations, no matter what."

Jones stepped in for the injured Roy Miller midway through the 2016 season and recorded a career-high 26 tackles but did not have a sack. However, he did have two in 2015 and a career-high three in 2014 as a reserve behind Miller.

The Jaguars were so pleased with Jones' progression since he signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013 that they rewarded him this offseason with a four-year, $16 million contract that included $6.5 million guaranteed and they cut Miller.

The nose tackle in the Jaguars' defensive scheme is meant to occupy double-teams and stand ground in the middle to make it tough for the offense to run the ball. Defensive coordinator Todd Wash said the 6-foot-4, 318-pound Jones is "not a true plugging nose guard" and can help the Jaguars' interior rush.

"The athleticism that Abes brings is important to us," Wash said.


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