Jaguars safety Josh Jones emerges from his 'dark place' to earn starting safety job

By Gary Smits, The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.) on

Published in Football

Jones could be one of the best overall athletes on the team. He's roughly the same size as Harrison (6 feet 2 inches, 220 pounds) and ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine.

As a high school senior in Michigan, Jones was an impact player on both sides of the ball. He had five interceptions and returned two fumbles for touchdowns on defense, and rushed for 668 yards and 19 touchdowns, and had 303 receiving yards, and four scores.

Jones said the Jaguars' defense under Wash, which is a variation of Seattle's defense under coach Pete Carroll, is more to his liking.

"Coming out of the draft, Seattle won big, and I said, 'this is the system I need to be in,'" Jones said. "Here I am. It fits my skill set, a guy who can run sideline-to-sideline, as athletic as I am - not to toot my own horn - but to show my God-given ability. It's fun."

Wash agreed that Jones may have found his niche.


"We like his speed, his athleticism ... and we feel really comfortable playing him," Wash said.

And Jones has been given the gift of getting his passion back.

"I was on the outside looking in," he said. "I never want to experience that. I never want anyone to experience that."

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