Christian Jones
Christian Jones
28-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Detroit Lions
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Lions were maybe hoping for more from Jones during a 2018 season in which he racked up just 69 tackles after notching at least 86 in two out of four preceding years with Chicago. It's not out of the question that he could return to those levels, though, especially with Jarrad Davis expected to miss a few games to start the year. Not to mention, he'll undoubtedly benefit from a suddenly stacked Lions defensive front. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.35 million contract with the Lions in March of 2018.
Notches sack
LBDetroit Lions
September 11, 2019
Jones posted five solo tackles, a sack and two pass breakups in Sunday's 27-27 tie versus the Cardinals.
ANALYSIS
Jones may have improved the versatility of his game over the offseason, as he matched last year's sack total already and he only had three pass breakups in 16 games in 2018. If Jones continues these performances, he could shape up to be a solid IDP asset.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Christian Jones' measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
244 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
115 in
 
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2015 Team Preview: Chicago Bears
June 23, 2015
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Fresh off a 90-tackle season with the Bears, Jones comes to the Lions on a two-year, $7.75 million deal that pales in comparison to the three-year, $18.75 million contract fellow linebacker Devon Kennard got from Detroit this offseason. This salary gap suggests Kennard is locked into one of the starting positions at outside linebacker, leaving Jones to compete with second-year player Jalen Reeves-Maybin for the other. Given Jones' past production - the Florida State product has reached 69 tackles in three of the past four years - he might have the edge for the job. However, even if he isn't the starter come Week 1, Jones should still see plenty of playing time in a rotation role.
The good news is that Jones finished third on the Bears in tackles as a rookie, and then he improved to lead the team in that category last year. The bad news is that the team added linebackers Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan to the roster this offseason, so Jones will go from being a starter to now being behind Freeman on the depth chart at left inside linebacker. In a part-time role, it will be difficult for Jones to be a consistent fantasy contributor.
Though he went undrafted out of Florida State last spring, Jones made a case for a roster spot with the Bears almost immediately in training camp and never looked back. Though he had to bide his time for snaps to open the season, Jones finally got his chance to shine down the stretch, when a number of injuries hit the Bears’ linebacking corps. While starting the final three games, Jones used his strong natural instincts as a run defender to gather 31 stops in that span, while also displaying the athleticism to stick with receivers in coverage. After Jon Bostic (back) missed most of the Bears’ offseason program, Jones will open camp as a member of the first team, and seems to be a safe bet to hang on to the starting role. Jones’ previous experience playing in 3-4 packages during his time in college should aid him in his transition to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s new scheme, and with more snaps coming his way in 2015, he could be a true breakout IDP. His production over the final three games of last season would translate to 165 tackles over a full campaign.
The Bears signed Jones as an undrafted free agent following a career at Florida State in which he was a three-year starter at linebacker. He was a shining star in OTAs and minicamp and could be a darkhorse to claim a backup role on the 53-man roster if he continues to make an impact in training camp.
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Starts at linebacker Saturday
LBDetroit Lions
August 18, 2019
Jones (undisclosed) recorded two total tackles in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.
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Nursing unknown injury
LBDetroit Lions
Undisclosed
June 13, 2019
Jones missed Thursday's practice with an undisclosed issue, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Improves over second half of season
LBDetroit Lions
January 18, 2019
Jones tallied 69 tackles, one sack, three pass breakups and one forced fumble over 16 games for the Lions in 2018.
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Major uptick in action
LBDetroit Lions
September 18, 2018
Jones recorded six tackles (five solo) and a sack across 59 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
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Heading to Detroit
LBFree Agent
March 13, 2018
Jones will sign a two-year, $7.75 million contract with the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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