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Jets Sign DL Chris Jones

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The New York Jets have signed former Patriots defensive lineman Chris Jones.

Chris Jones is a soon to be (July 12) 28 year old, 6’ 2”, 302 pound defensive lineman out of Bowling Green University. Jones was a 6th round draft choice of the Houston Texans in 2013 who was cut before he ever played a game for Houston. The New England Patriots picked him up and Jones excelled in his rookie year, registering six sacks and 61 tackles in 13 games. That turned out to be the peak of his career to date, as Jones has just three sacks and 50 tackles since 2013. Jones missed the 2015 and 2017 seasons due to injuries.

Jets fans might remember Chris Jones for one heart breaking play in 2014. On October 16, 2014 in Foxboro the Jets trailed the Patriots 27-19 halfway through the fourth quarter in a game the Jets dominated everywhere but the scoreboard. Geno Smith played one of his rare turnover free games, and he led the Jets on a late scoring drive to get the Jets within two points at 27-25 with less than three minutes to play. The Jets tried an unsuccessful onsides kick, then stopped the Patriots in a three and out series. The Patriots punted and pinned the Jets at the 12 yard line with just 1:06 to play and no timeouts. Geno Smith promptly led the Jets on an improbable march to the Patriots 40 yard line, where the Jets lined up for a difficult last ditch 58 yard field goal attempt. Chris Jones timed his leap just right, got his hand up in just the right place, and Nick Folk kicked a bit low. Jones blocked the kick and the Patriots handed the Jets another frustrating loss.

To make room on the roster for Jones the Jets waived defensive lineman Claude Pelon.