INDIANAPOLIS – Arthur Jones’ impact on the field for the Indianapolis Colts won’t be determined until sometime during the 2014 season.
ESPN’s resident NFL scout Matt Williamson was able to give a quick breakdown of how Jones will be able to help the Colts on defense.
“Jones is exactly what they need up front,” Williamson said. “He is a big body and tough. He’s very tough to move at the point of attack as a 3-4 defensive end. He has really played well over the past two seasons (and stood out during Baltimore’s Super Bowl run) and seems to be getting better. He doesn't offer a ton as a pass rusher, though, but can push the pocket with a bull rush.”
Jones, who can play defensive end and defensive tackle, is coming off a season where he had 53 tackles and four sacks last season with the Ravens. He had 47 tackles and 4.5 sacks during Baltimore's Super Bowl season of 2012.
One thing Williamson noted is the Colts are trying to get a defense “very much like” Baltimore’s. That’s understandable considering Colts coach Chuck Pagano spent four years, including one as defensive coordinator, with the Ravens. Jones joins Cory Redding as former Baltimore players with the Colts.
Jones’ addition goes with the signing of linebacker D’Qwell Jackson last week in what the Colts hope will be a better front seven next season. Indianapolis was 20th in the league overall on defense and 26th in stopping the run last season. Cornerback Vontae Davis was also re-signed Tuesday.