It makes sense as we have Tim McDonald and Minkah Fitzpatrick playing closer to the LOS.
Armando Salguero wrote:
Later in another team period (full offense versus defense), Ryan Tannehill lofted a deep pass to the right third of the field and Jones, playing in the middle of the field, covered some 20 yards while the ball was in flight and snatched the football for an interception.
It was Tannehill’s first interception of this training camp.
“I’m back,” Jones said of his playmaking ways. “I’m just warming up. It’s about that time, four days into camp and I’m feeling good. I feel better than I’ve ever felt. Hats off to my trainer. I put the work in during the offseason and I’m ready to go.”
Interestingly, Jones got his interception while playing the deep middle of the field, a spot he didn’t play often the last few years. He says he’s been working a bit more often there during this camp.
“Probably a little bit,” Jones said. “I was kind of stationary last year but they got me doing a little bit more now. It’s Year 9 for me and that’s what’s expected. I’m here to do whatever I need to do, be wherever I need to be for this team to win football games.
“I’m a ballhawk at safety. Wherever the ball is, you’ll see me around. But being in the middle of the field and being able to make those kind of breaks [on the ball] and make those game-changing plays for the team, I think is huge.”
I’ve never understood the thinking of turning Jones into a strong safety stuck along the line of scrimmage -- other than, obviously, he needed to cover for other players’ run defense deficiencies -- at the expense of having him patrol the middle of the field.
Jones playing free safety suggests more interceptions to me. I like the idea of Jones being free to be all over. I hope we see that more this season.
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