Jones agreed to a restructured contract with the Falcons on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Jones originally was set to make $8.2 million in 2021. However, he agreed to defer $4 million of salary to the 2022 season, and in return his 2022 salary became fully guaranteed. The move freed up $4 million in salary-cap space for the Falcons. Jones will handle a crucial role in Atlanta again next season after recording 106 tackles, six pass breakups and 4.5 sacks across 16 games last year.
Jones, who registered four tackles during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers, ended the 2020 season with 106 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 10 QB hits, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown.
Jones notched a 67-yard pick-six off of Las Vegas' Derek Carr in Week 12. Otherwise, he largely struggled in coverage this season. The 2017 Pro Bowler surrendered a 74.1 percent completion rate and six touchdowns over 54 targets, a notable decline from the 58.5 completion percentage and four passing TDs he conceded in 16 games last season. Meanwhile, Jones was deployed more than ever in pass-rush, blitzing on 61 occasions after registering 41 combined blitzes in 22 appearances between 2018 and 2019. Results translated, as in 16 games, Jones exceeded his QB hits total from his first 53 career appearances between 2016 and 2019 (six). The linebacker is signed with Atlanta through 2023, carrying a cap hit of $12.6 million next season.
Jones (toe) does not appear on the injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
A toe injury limited Jones in practice this week, but it's not enough for the linebacker to miss his first game of the season.
Jones (toe) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Jones hasn't yet missed a game this season, and that he's still practicing in a limited fashion would seem to hint that he's on track for Week 16. As long as Jones' practice reps aren't downgraded ahead of Sunday's road game against the Chiefs, he should draw his usual start at middle linebacker.
Jones registered a team-high 10 tackles, including one sack, during Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Buccaneers.
The LSU product registered two QB hits on Tom Brady, pushing his 2020 sack total to 4.5 with a second-quarter takedown of the Canton-bound signal-caller. That mark more than quadruples a previous career high in sacks for Jones, who has been deployed 50 times as a blitzer this season. In 22 starts between 2018 and 2019, Jones blitzed on a combined 41 occasions.
Jones registered 10 tackles and one fumble recovery during Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Saints.
Given his fourth-quarter fumble recovery, courtesy of a Steven Means sack on Taysom Hill, Jones has now generated takeaways in back-to-back games. The 2017 Pro Bowler stands with 78 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions to his ledger as Atlanta prepares to face the recently shut out Chargers in Week 14. Austin Ekeler presents a unique challenge to Jones and Co. as a high-level pass catcher out of the backfield.
Jones recorded five tackles, a pass breakup and a pick-six in Sunday's 43-6 win over the Raiders.
Jones was instrumental in shutting down the Raiders' run attack, as Josh Jacobs was held to just 27 yards on seven carries, while Devontae Booker produced six yards on five rushes. The middle linebacker came through for fantasy managers, too, marking the fifth pick-six of his five-year NFL career. He'll be in charge of slowing down Taysom Hill's run game when the Saints come to town in Week 13.
Jones registered six combined tackles, including one sack, during Sunday's 24-9 loss to New Orleans.
The 2017 Pro Bowler has stepped up his presence in the pass rush in recent outings, collecting seven QB hits and three sacks in his past five games played. Jones has struggled in coverage comparatively, surrendering 11.3 yards per completion and four touchdown passes in coverage this season. Up next is a matchup against Las Vegas, which offers an opposing quarterback in Derek Carr who is throwing to an uber-efficient 19:3 TD:INT on the year.
Jones racked up six tackle -- including two tackles for loss and one sack -- during Thursday's 25-17 win against the Panthers.
Jones has struggled considerably in coverage so far this season, surrendering a 72.4 percent completion rate and four passing TDs on 29 coverage opportunities. The Falcons have been working around that issue, and so far results have been encouraging. Jones has been utilized as a blitzer 28 times in eight games this season, proving especially effective of late with five QB hits and two sacks the past three weeks. During all of 2019, Jones had just 36 total blitz chances in 16 appearances, recording no sacks and four total QB hits.
Jones registered four total tackles, including one sack and two tackles for loss during Sunday's 23-22 defeat to the Lions.
Jones' tackle total tied a season low, but the 2016 second-round pick was able to collect his first solo sack since Dec. 2 of 2018. Tight ends continue to tee off against the Falcons, as T.J. Hockenson corralled a game-tying touchdown with time expiring in the fourth quarter. That was on top of the Falcons' NFL-high seven TDs allowed to TEs coming into Sunday. Individually, Jones has allowed opponents to complete passes at a 70.4 percent rate when targeting him in coverage this season.
Jones collected eight total tackles, including five solo tackles during Sunday's 23-16 loss to Carolina.
Atlanta was exposed by the running back position in the passing game once again, surrendering nine catches, 60 yards and a touchdown to Panthers RB Mike Davis on Sunday. This performance came on the heels of allowing five catches, 40 yards and a wide-open receiving TD to Packers back Aaron Jones in a Week 4 loss. Jones is regarded as one of the top coverage linebackers in the league, but of late there have been glaring errors in his area of expertise -- including a TD catch surrendered to Green Bay tight end Robert Tonyan while he was in coverage last Monday night.
Jones collected eight total tackles, including one tackle for loss during Monday's 30-16 loss to the Packers.
Jones has been considered to be one of the NFL's better coverage linebackers of the past four years, but Packers tight end Robert Tonyan got behind him for one of his three touchdowns on Monday night. Despite now being his team's leading tackler in two consecutive contests, the one-time Pro Bowl linebacker has struggled in coverage this season, surrendering an 83.3 percent completion rate and a 121.5 passer rating when targeted.
Jones recored eight tackles (six solo) across 63 defensive snaps in Monday's loss to the Packers.
It was a rather abysmal performance for the Falcons defense as a whole on Monday night, but that's no fault of Jones. The linebacker tied for the Falcons' lead in tackles while playing every defensive snap in the contest. He now has 30 tackles (16 solo) and 0.5 sacks on the year.
Jones registered six total tackles, including half a sack, during Sunday's 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.
The 25-year-old linebacker made a rare contribution in pass rush, garnering his first sack credit of any kind since Dec. 2, 2018. Jones and Co. certainly were not effective in containing Dallas tight end Dalton Schultz, however, as the Cowboys pass-catcher racked up nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Jones and the Falcons defense now aim for a bounce-back performance in Week 3, taking on a Bears offense that has accounted for 44 points in its first two games of the new campaign.
Jones collected a team-high nine tackles, including one tackle for loss during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks.
The 2017 Pro Bowler was all over the field Sunday, but he and the rest of the Falcons' linebacking corps struggled in slowing down Seattle tight ends and running backs in the passing game. The two position groups totaled 15 catches and one touchdown Sunday for Seattle, a disappointing result after the Falcons contained tight ends and running backs to less than 10 combined catches per game and 10 total touchdowns in 2019. Jones and the Falcons defense will not be afforded time to lick their wounds, as a matchup against Dallas and the No. 6 scoring offense from 2019 awaits on the Week 2 docket.
Jones has been named a Falcons team captain for 2020, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Jones, Grady Jarrett and Ricardo Allen provide a captain at each level of Atlanta's defense, as the unit aims to improve upon a 23rd-place rank in points allowed per game (24.9). The 25-year-old Jones continues to merit consideration as one of the best coverage linebackers in the league, but last year the Falcons became more aggressive in deploying him as a pass-rusher as well. Jones continued to stifle passers and allowed just a 58.5 percent completion rate when targeted last year, while his blitz-per-game rate increased from 0.8 to 2.3 between 2018 and 2019.
Jones accounted for three tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception return for a touchdown to provide Atlanta with a 28-22 overtime win against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
The 25-year-old linebacker came down with his first INT of 2019 during Week 17, and the play proved pivotal as Jones scampered 28 yards into the end zone to secure a walk-off win. After sitting out 10 games last year with a broken foot, Jones was capable of suiting up for all 16 of his team's contests this season while reaching 110 total tackles for the second time in his career. In addition to his tackling acumen, Jones also established a new career high with four QB hits, while scoring a TD for the fourth time in four professional seasons. Signed with Atlanta through 2023, Jones will be the anchor to the Falcons' linebacking corps once again next season, and his performance will become especially decisive if De'Vondre Campbell signs elsewhere during free agency.
Jones notched three tackles (two solo) and one defended pass during Sunday's 24-12 win over the Jaguars.
Jones recorded his lowest tackle total of the season during Week 16's win, though he did make a mark in pass coverage. The 25-year-old will look to bounce back to his usual high level of production during Sunday's season finale against the Buccaneers.
Jones logged nine tackles (three solo) in Sunday's win over the 49ers.
Nine is becoming Jones' standard tackle production of late. He has exactly that number in three of his past four contests and is currently at 104 (64 solo) on the season.
Jones recorded four tackles (two solo) and one defended pass during Sunday's 40-20 win over the Panthers.
Jones had notched eight-plus tackles in three consecutive contests leading up to Sunday's divisional win, during which he saw less work as a run stopper but performed to his usual high level in coverage. The fourth-year pro played 56 snaps on defense (79 percent). Up next for Jones is a tough Week 15 matchup in San Francisco.
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|Sun 09/20||@ DAL||L 39-40||2||5||7||0.5||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||vs CHI||L 26-30||2||4||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 10/05||@ GB||L 16-30||6||2||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/11||vs CAR||L 16-23||5||2||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||@ MIN||W 40-23||3||1||4||0||1||4||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||vs DET||L 22-23||3||1||4||1||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 10/29||@ CAR||W 25-17||5||1||6||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||vs DEN||W 34-27||5||1||6||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ NO||L 9-24||5||1||6||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||vs LV||W 43-6||3||2||5||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||vs NO||L 16-21||8||2||10||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||@ LAC||L 17-20||4||2||6||0||0||0||1||0|
|Sun 12/20||vs TB||L 27-31||5||5||10||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||@ KC||L 14-17||8||0||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ TB||L 27-44||3||1||4||0||0||0||0||0|
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