A day after the Detroit Lions chose not to add DE Armonty Bryant to their 53-man roster, the Lions bolster their defensive front by signing DE/DT Datone Jones.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 10, 2017
He was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first-round of the 2013 draft. The 27-year-old spent his first four years in Green Bay and accumulated 73 tackles and nine sacks.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman played this preseason with the Minnesota Vikings. He was initially placed on IR after an injury but ultimately was released on an injury settlement.
Obviously, still being a free agent this time of year is a telling sign for his ability (his health could have a lot to do with that as well). That’s not to say that the talent is not there though.
With his size, he could line up both inside and out for the Lions.
Fellow defensive tackle Haloti Ngata left the Carolina Panthers game with an elbow injury. This signing may be an indication that Ngata’s ailment could be an extended injury.