Josh Jones (American football)

Josh Jones (born September 20, 1994) is an American football safety for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at NC State.

Josh Jones
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Jones in the 2017 NFL preseason
No. 27 – Green Bay Packers
Personal information
Born:September 20, 1994 (age 24)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Southfield
(Southfield, Michigan), Walled Lake Western
(Walled Lake, Michigan)
College:NC State
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:126
Pass deflections:7
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at

Early years

Jones attended Southfield High School in Southfield, Michigan for his freshman and sophomore years and then spent 11th and 12th grade at Walled Lake Western High School in Walled Lake, Michigan. He played defensive back and running back. He committed to NC State University to play college football.[1] [2]

College career

Jones played at NC State from 2013 to 2016. After redshirting in 2013, Jones saw his first action in 2014 and had 56 tackles and four interceptions. As a sophomore, he had 64 tackles and one interception.[3] As a junior, he led the team with 109 tackles and three interceptions.[4][5] Jones entered the 2017 NFL Draft after his junior season.[6]

Professional career

Jones received an invitation to the NFL Combine and almost completed all of the combine drills, except for the short shuttle and three-cone drill. Scouts and representatives from 22 NFL teams attended North Carolina State's Pro Day to scout Jones, Matthew Dayes, Jack Tocho, and nine others. He completed the short shuttle, three-cone, and positional drills. Jones attended private workouts and visits for ten different NFL teams, including the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, and Minnesota Vikings.[7] NFL draft experts and analysts projected him to be a second round pick.[8] He was ranked the third best strong safety prospect available in the draft by, was ranked the sixth best safety by ESPN, and was ranked the seventh best safety by Sports Illustrated.[9]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
220 lb
(100 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.41 s 1.58 s 2.61 s 4.40 s 7.05 s 37 12 in
(0.95 m)
11 ft 0 in
(3.35 m)
20 reps 17[10]
All values from NFL Combine/NC State's Pro Day[11][8]


The Green Bay Packers selected Jones in the second round (61st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[12] Jones was the ninth safety drafted in 2017.

On May 19, 2017, the Green Bay Packers signed Jones to a four-year, $4.23 million contract that included a signing bonus of $1.21 million.[13][14]

Jones was touted as the Green Bay Packers' backup strong safety throughout training camp. After a strong training camp, he was officially named the backup strong safety to Morgan Burnett to begin the regular season.[15]

He made his professional regular season debut during the Green Bay Packers' season-opener against the Seattle Seahawks and made one solo tackle during their 17–9 victory. On September 24, 2017, Jones earned his first career start and collected a season-high 12 combined tackles (11 solo) and made two sacks on Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton during a 27–24 overtime victory. Jones made his first career sack on Dalton for an eight-yard loss during the third quarter.[16] On December 10, 2017, Jones made one solo tackle, a season-high three pass deflections, and made his first career interception during a 27–21 victory at the Cleveland Browns in Week 14. Jones intercepted a pass by Browns’ quarterback DeShone Kizer, that was originally intended for tight end Seth DeValve, which led to the Packers’ game-winning drive during overtime.[17] He finished his rookie season in 2017 with 71 combined tackles (60 solo), five pass deflections, two sacks, and one interception in 16 games and seven starts.[18]


Jones entered training camp slated as the starting strong safety after the role was left vacant by the departure of Morgan Burnett during free agency. Jones saw competition for the role from Kentrell Brice.[19] Head coach Mike McCarthy names Jones the backup strong safety, behind Kentrell Brice, to begin the regular season.

Jones was inactive for the first three games (Weeks 1–3) after sustaining an ankle injury during practice.[20] On December 2, 2018, the Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy after they fell to a 4–7–1 record. Jones became the starting strong safety in Week 14 and held the position for the remainder of the season. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was named the interim head coach for the rest of the season. In Week 16, he collected a season-high 12 combined tackles (six solo) and deflected a pass during a 44–38 win at the New York Jets.[21] He finished the season with 56 combined tackles (40 solo), two pass deflections, and one sack in 13 games and five starts.[18]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2017 GB 16 7 71 60 11 2.0 1
2018 GB 13 5 55 40 15 1.0 0
Total 29 12 126 100 26 3.0 1


  1. ^ NC State football grabs second Metro Detroit recruit in a week with Walled Lake Western's Josh Jones
  2. ^ " Josh Jones Bio".
  3. ^ ‘Humbled’ Jones hopes to get back on track for Wolfpack defense
  4. ^ Former NC State safety Josh Jones a top-50 NFL Draft prospect
  5. ^ Josh Jones steps up for NC State’s defense
  6. ^ NC State’s Josh Jones to enter NFL draft
  7. ^ "Walter Football: 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Visits/Workouts". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "NFL Draft Profile: Josh Jones". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  9. ^ Chris Burke (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL Draft Rankings: Top Prospects by Position". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "2017 NFL draft: Green Bay Packers picks". April 30, 2017. Archived from the original on April 21, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "*Josh Jones, DS #3 SS, North Carolina State". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  12. ^ Spofford, Mike (April 28, 2017). "Packers add another defensive back late in second round".
  13. ^ " Josh Jones contract". Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "Packers sign S Jones". May 19, 2017.
  15. ^ " Green Bay Packer's depth chart: 10/01/2017". Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  16. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers - September 24th, 2017". Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  17. ^ "Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns - December 10th, 2017". Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "NFL Player stats: Josh Jones (career)". Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  19. ^ "Green Bay Packers: Kentrell Brice is ready to compete for starting safety". June 12, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  20. ^ "Packers Week 1 Injury Report: Oren Burks limited, Josh Jones out of Wednesday practice". September 5, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  21. ^ "NFL Player stats: Josh Jackson (2018)". Retrieved December 31, 2018.

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