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45 Deion Jones LB

Atlanta Falcons

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Falcons' Deion Jones: Foresees defensive improvement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jones portrayed Thursday that the Falcons defense will be eager to improve next season after a rocky 2018 campaign. "I think it's going to be a little bit different," Jones said of his expectations for the Atlanta defense in 2019. "(We) have a chip on (our) shoulder about what happened this year and guys coming back have a lot to prove. We've just got to put it all together and set our standard and get after it."

Other than foreseeing an attitude adjustment for the Falcons defense in 2019, Jones also exuded optimism about head coach Dan Quinn assuming defensive play-calling responsibilities for the recently-dismissed Marquand Manuel. "He's always been around us, but now we'll have him around permanently," Jones explained. "It will be great to have him. He knows each guy; each aspect of the defense and he'll have it rolling." Jones himself is aiming for a bounce back season after a foot injury cost him 10 games in 2018. With Jones out of the lineup, Atlanta struggled in containing opposing running backs in the passing game, surrendering the second-most receptions and the third-most receiving yards to the position.

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Falcons' Deion Jones: Limted production in finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jones registered four stops and two pass deflections during Sunday's 34-32 win over the Buccaneers.

A Pro Bowler a season earlier, Jones' 2018 campaign got off to an unfortunate start when he broke his foot in the opener and missed the subsequent 10 games. He returned to impressive form once he was activated from injured reserve, however, churning out 44 tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown between Weeks 13 and 17. An elite all-around linebacker when fully healthy, Jones will anchor the Atlanta defense in 2019.

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Falcons' Deion Jones: Practices fully Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jones (foot) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Jones landed on the injury report Wednesday as a limited participant with the foot injury, but his quick return to full participation confirms it to be a minor issue. The 24-year-old should serve in his usual starting role at middle linebacker for Sunday's season finale against the Buccaneers.

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Falcons' Deion Jones: Limited at Wednesday's session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jones was limited during Wednesday's session with a foot injury, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Jones' foot issue is not believed to be all too serious given his ability to practice, albeit in a limited fashion. We should have a clearer indication of his status for Sunday's game a little bit later this week.

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Falcons' Deion Jones: Team's leading tackler in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jones tallied 14 combined tackles and one forced fumble during Sunday's 24-10 win against the Panthers.

Atlanta's star middle linebacker has had an undeniable impact on the defense's ability to slow down opponents this season, as the Falcons allow 20.4 points per game when he is active, compared to 28.9 when he was inactive between Weeks 2 and 12 with a foot injury. Jones has demonstrated an insatiable nose for the football in five appearances this season, accounting for 9.8 tackles per game and twice exceeding 13 tackles in a single performance. A stellar pass defender in addition to his prowess as a run stopper, Jones has added six pass deflections, two interceptions and an interception return for a touchdown in his abbreviated 2018 campaign. In Week 17, he'll be charged with helping to contain a Buccaneers offense that ranks third in yards per game (414.3) and 13th in scoring offense (24.3 points per game).

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2016Atlanta Falcons1510875.0330316555.090211
2017Atlanta Falcons1613891.047134214.041010
2018Atlanta Falcons65334.019126130.54116
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2016Atlanta Falcons1500100000
2017Atlanta Falcons1600000000
2018Atlanta Falcons600100000

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