|Snapping the ball to Aaron Rodgers sounds appealing to Barrett Jones. (USATSI)|
As a youth football player in Germantown, Tenn., former Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones intently watched Jeff Saturday for his ability to change protections and serve as the leader of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line.
Weeks after Saturday's retirement, Jones is intrigued about the possibility of becoming the former Green Bay center's heir.
“I'd love to play in Green Bay,” Jones said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I'll play wherever they ask me but definitely it would be awesome to play for a team with that kind of tradition.”
A Lisfranc injury to Jones' left foot will keep him out of workouts this week, but the three-time All-American has already met with a number of team in Indianapolis. Though Jones appeared at guard, left tackle and center in college, most teams project him as a center on the next level.
“I think when you play different positions it really allows you to learn the offense from different perspectives,” Jones said. “You stop memorizing the offense and start understanding it.”
Jones expects the injury will keep him out for the next several months.
While with the Crimson Tide, Jones won three national championships -- two under former offensive line coach Joe Pendry. Before joining Nick Saban's staff in Tuscaloosa, Pendry worked with six different teams in his 19-year NFL career. Jones credits the former Texans' offensive coordinator for his development.
“I took away a ton of things from him,” Jones said. “He really taught me everything I know about football -- just on how to learn defenses and dissect the game.”
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