IRDJosh Jones S JAC (8)
Fri 5/5/17 9:02 PM
Jones spent much of Friday's practice at rookie minicamp as an inside linebacker, Pete Dougherty of USA Today reports.
Jones logged most of his collegiate snaps at safety, but the NFL has transitioned in recent years to repackaging safeties as inside linebackers in order to combat opposing passing attacks (see Deone Bucannon in Arizona and Mark Barron with the Rams). The Packers' initial plan for Jones appears to mimic this thinking, and he certainly boasts the size (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) and speed (4.41 40-yard dash at the combine) to handle the rigors of the position. With Morgan Burnett locked down as the starting strong safety, any versatility Jones displays now will help him get on the field immediately in dime and nickel situations as a rookie.