There is no more mystery as to who the Detroit Lions’ coaching staff has pegged to replace Cliff Avrilat left defensive end. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix earlier this week that recent free agent acquisition Jason Jones is his guy. "Jason is going to spend most of his time at left defensive end," Schwartz confirmed. "We think his talents fit the other guys around him. (He) is a different kind of player than Cliff Avril. Cliff was an edge speed guy. Jason is more of an inside effect-the-quarterback (player)." Jones signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Lions in the first 24 hours of free agency after playing last season in Seattle. Avril, coincidentally, signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Seahawks. "I don’t know how (Jones) buys shirts because he has 37-inch arms," Schwartz said. "He might have the top three longest arms the last five or six years at the combine. Even if he’s blocked, he can still effect the passer getting his hands up and reaching out." The Lions are looking to improve upon their 34 sacks last season -- down from 41 in 2011 and 44 in 2010 -- and Jones also gives them a little different skill set again the run, which the Lions ranked 16th in the league against (118.1 ypg) last season.
Jim Schwartz: Jason Jones is a different kind of player than Cliff Avril
DetroitLions | Mar 24