Arthur Jones Ready To Make A Splash in 2015
Former Baltimore Ravens defensive play-maker, Arthur Jones, was acquired by the Indianapolis Colts via free agency in 2014. The team had high hopes that he would help fix a hole along a Colts’ defensive line that had been decimated two months earlier by the New England Patriots in the AFC’s divisional round of the playoffs.
However, things would’t go as planned for Jones during the 2014 campaign after battling injuries throughout the course of the season, starting with a high-ankle sprain sustained week two against the Philadelphia Eagles that would keep him sidelined for the next six weeks. As a result, the Colts’ 33 million-dollar man totaled only 15 solo tackles and 1.5 sacks in 9 games played.
For Jones, 2015 is a perfect opportunity to prove any doubters wrong and silence his critics with production on the field.
But the bigger issue regarding Jones’s ability to be a reliable player on the defensive side of the ball is more so the question as to whether or not he can remain healthy for the majority of the 2015 season.
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If Jones doesn’t catch the injury bug then look for him to be a force to be reckoned with this season on a defense that has upgraded at many positions so far this off-season.
For example, looking at Jones’s 2012 season with Baltimore: he played all 16 games and racked up 47 total tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks. While those numbers may not be that staggering they do suggest that Jones is capable of being a productive player on the defense when fully healthy.
On a Colts defense featuring impact players such as Vontae Davis, Mike Adams and a returning Robert Mathis, they will need a healthy, productive season from Jones if they want to get over the hump and be fully effective in aspects like stopping the run, something that seemed to be absent and later proved in the playoffs last season.
2015 is Jones’s chance to turn things around and be a play-maker for the Colts for years to come.