May 10, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Datone Jones works out during the Green Bay Packers rookie orientation weekend. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Will Datone Jones solve Packers read-option problem?


The Datone Jones pick so far has gotten mixed reviews.

Granted, it still is quite early, the defensive end has been called by some as undersized and too slow, lacking a quick first step. Some have even said the position altogether could have been addressed in the later rounds and that selecting a safety probably would have been a safer option.

One thing I will say about Jones, however, is he definately has a swagger that this defensive unit sorely needs.

To say the defense was humbled by the 49ers this past January would be somewhat of an understatement. Colin Kaepernick ran wild and Dom Capers simply had no answer. Datone Jones watched that game. When asked about it last week he was quoted as saying “one good hit [on Kaepernick] and there goes their season.”

To me, this is just what the defense needs. Fresh, young talent with minimal injury history that has the potential to come in and make an immediate impact. I will try to temper expectations here because just last year fans were raving about Nick Perry in the same light until minimal production and a wrist injury ended his season early.

Don’t get me wrong he still has promise but he is still a project in the works. For a rookie to bring this type of swagger seems to be a refreshing shot of adrenaline that could spark a renewed sense of urgency that the 2010 championship team had.

Jones is inspired by the great Reggie White. He also seems to be buying into Capers defensive scheme quite nicely. He believes in the 3-4 and believes he can help. This would seem to be the perfect remedy the defense needs to cure their read-option ailment.

Barring any type of freak injury I see no reason why he can’t step in week one and contribute. Oh, and by the way, he’ll get his crack at containing Kaepernick week one in San Francisco. What better litmus test to truly see what we got at 26th overall right out of the chute.

So what say you Packers Nation? Will Jones help contain this read-option issue?

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  • Taryn Miller

    Will he solve it..he’ll be awarded that distinction if Nick Perry is able to take advantage of what Datone Jones is expected to offer up weekly.On the flip side..Perry fanatics will state he is what makes Jones’ play look good.

    IMO,Perry is the guy who needs to quick step up the ladder of play.Many talk about what CM3 did before Perry got hurt,but CM3 did what he has done in the early weeks even before Perry.Its what he can allow CM3 do later that will prove his value/worth as an OLB…in like a lion out like a lamb has been the path.

    This does not take away from what Jones must supply..he is a 1st rd pick and I say it over and over..1st rd picks need to perform week 1 no matter where in rd one picked,otherwise,trade out and lower expectations of that player that season,much less week one.

    • Luke Hanish

      Couldn’t agree more Taryn

  • JaKa

    He’s got all the merits and tools to come right in and produce, adding a nice dimension to the havoc Clay Mathews puts on teams. The two might just become one of the most feared in the league. In any event, even if he turns out to be less than that, he’s got to be a better addition to what we saw the last few years on the defense. With Woodson going to the Raiders or Denver, the Defense needs the energy he posses. It’s contagious to players around him. I really think
    he’s going to step in and make for a big improvement. The kid’s young and can still beef it up a little, seeing SF has all near or over 300 pounders on both sides of the ball. Capers will be having a pick-nic with this kid, turn him loose and watch him destroy plays along side Mathews and the rest.

  • Godwinslaw

    His future is as a defensive tackle-won’t make an impact at end.