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Jets Offseason Rumors: Team Viewing Taiwan Jones as David Harris' Eventual Replacement?

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Here is one for the rumor mill. Tony Pauline says he is hearing buzz the Jets view linebacker Taiwan Jones as David Harris' potential successor.

Jones was undrafted out of Michigan State a year ago. He spent most of the season on the practice squad before earning a late season promotion to the active roster.

Even if accurate, this is nothing but a long-term projection. Harris' contract makes him a lock to be starting in 2016. So does his effective play in 2015 for that matter. Beyond that, can the Jets develop Jones for a starting role?

It certainly would help to have a starter on a cheap undrafted free agent deal. The first step for Jones will be earning a spot in training camp as Harris' primary backup at inside linebacker.