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Lions DE Jason Jones will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left patella tendon, according to the Detroit Free Press.  DE Willie Young seemed to spend the most time at left DE after Jones left, as he rotated with rookie Ziggy Ansah and veteran Israel Idonije the rest of the way.  Young entered Week 3 graded the 3rd-best 4-3 DE in the league by Pro Football Focus.  He's the upside option for IDP owners going forward.

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2 years ago

The Lions have made the expected move: drafting DE Ezekiel Ansah with the #5 pick.  NFL Network's Mike Mayock has said that Ansah has the talent to be a defensive player of the year candidate by 2015.  But Ansah has played minimal football and left BYU with just 4.5 career sacks.  This pick is pure speculation based on his exciting athletic ability.  Detroit's lack of depth a DE affords him the opportunity to start right away if he's ready.

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2 years ago

Lions HC Jim Schwartz said free-agent addition Jason Jones will take over the starting job at left DE this sesaon.  That's the role Detroit allowed Cliff Avril to vacate when he signed with Seattle.  Schwartz was coordinating the defense in Tennessee when the Titans drafted Jones in the 2nd round in 2008.  Jones played end and tackle there but indicated that he preferred to line up inside when he hit free agency after 2011.  He endured an injury-riddled year with the Seahawks before signing with the team from his home state.  Jones doesn't bring the pass-rush quicks of Avril and might not have a 10-sack season in him.  But he should play the run better and could yet turn into a worthwhile IDP.

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2 years ago

The Lions signed free-agent DT Jason Jones today and re-signed starting CB Chris Houston. Jones entered the league with the Titans back when Lions HC Jim Schwartz led the defense there. Jones saw his most productive days as a DT there before the staff played him at DE too much in his final couple of Tennessee seasons. Jones spent 2012 with the Seahawks, where injuries kept him from contributing much. Jones brings strong interior pass-rush skills and figures to spell starters Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Houston is a decent corner: not special in coverage or fantasy terms but also not terrible in either arena. Detroit can return to decent fantasy defense status by improving the rest of its secondary and adding a pass rusher.

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The Seahawks have reached a 1-year deal with DL Jason Jones. The former Titan opened his career at DT but played outside more in 2011. He did so reluctantly, however, and spoke after the season of sacrificing for the team. He said Saturday that he signed with Seattle at least in part because they'll use him as an interior pass rusher. Jones is heading into just his age-26 season, so the fact that he signed for just 1 year is interesting. To us, it indicates that he wasn't satisfied with the money offered on the open market and is choosing to prove himself for a year at DT and then get a new deal somewhere. Jones has shown impressive flashes -- particularly inside -- and could prove a quality fantasy commodity in DT-required IDP leagues.

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Titans Insider reports that DT Jason Jones is likely to hit the open market. Jones spent his 1st 4 seasons with the Titans shuffling between DT and DE. The team played him primarily at DE in 2011, where he proved nothing special. HC Mike Munchak has said the Titans would likely continue to move Jones around. Jones has indicated he "took one for the team" last year and would like to settle inside. He seems destined to leave town and should prove a better IDP value as a DT.

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4 years ago

The Tennessean reports that Titans HC Mike Munchak expects DEs Derrick Morgan and Jason Jones to practice and play this week. That's definitely a good thing for a D that allowed Jacksonville RBs 153 rushing yards on Sunday and recorded a pedestrian 2 sacks against Luke McCown. The Titans held DL tryouts on Tuesday but could only turn up a group whose biggest names were Everette Brown and Aaron Maybin. (Yuck.) Whenever they prove all the way back, Jones and Morgan -- in that order -- are the best bets for production on this front.

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4 years ago

Titans DL Jason Jones, who has been dealing with a knee injury for several weeks, is inactive for Week 1. Jones will move from DT to DE in the lineup whenever he's healthy and likely play multiple spots. Health has been his biggest hurdle as a pro, though.

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4 years ago

The Tennessean reports that the Titans expect to have DE Jason Jones in practice in the coming week and back in the lineup for the opener. Jones might be the most talented player on the Tennessee line and brings intriguing IDP upside -- especially in leagues in which he remains DT-eligible. Of course, the knee issue also reminds that he comes with injury red flags.

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