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Sean’s Scout: New DL Datone Jones Likely Inside Player With Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys added depth to their yesterday, moving on from RB Darren McFadden and replacing him with veteran DL Datone Jones. The Cowboys will be Jones' fourth team of this , ending up in San Francisco most recently to appear in three games for the 49ers.

Out of UCLA, Jones was a pick of the in 2013. In 67 career games, Datone Jones has recorded 9.5 .

I fired up the tape from Jones' limited work with the 49ers this season to study what the 27-year-old lineman can bring to Dallas.

Here is his Sean's Scout .

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One area the Cowboys have been trying to address is their depth at defensive , where 's unexpected earlier in the season forced them to align at the 1T and work almost exclusively at the 3T.

standout has flashed a bit at the 1T position too, but I believe this is where Datone Jones can make the biggest impact on 's defensive front.

Datone Jones is a powerful player that plays with solid pad level and surprising quickness. Jones excels at working his hands inside of a blocker to drive them, although he does lack the true strength in his hands to disengage as often as you would like.

When playing as a , Jones does well to capture the with some initial burst as he often looks to overpower his man back into the . Datone's true moves are extremely limited.

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In , Jones plays with an incredibly high motor and will always flow to the football – even when being forced to rush up the field off the snap. The LDE on the play above, Jones is able to catch his blocker off-balanced late in the down with a powerful rip move and fight back inside to help stop the run.

This spider graph shows how Jones measures physically and athletically as solely a defensive tackle. The Cowboys have already seen what David Irving is able to do with his length against guards on the inside, and while Jones won't be the same disruptive force he could very well anchor the point of attack as a large one technique.

Jones' ability to work his lower body with light footwork and control stood out on tape as a bigger player with a long frame, another positive trait that will help him playing inside with the Cowboys.

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This last clip comes from the , when Jones (#95) was with the Packers. Seen here sacking – his last regular season sack – Jones works under his man with his pad level and tight hands to disengage at the perfect time and finish at the quarterback.

The consistent ability to shed blocks is simply not part of Jones' game anymore, which is why his opportunities to play DE with the Cowboys may be limited.

If it comes down to Datone Jones or rookie taking off the field in a rotation at LDE, both players may offer similar support against the run while Charlton can do better to win up field and be a pass rushing threat.

Jones' pad level allows him to be a down-the-line player from multiple positions across the defensive line though, giving the Cowboys options as to how they would like to utilize their latest addition to a front that has not recorded a sack since the first half of their week ten loss in Atlanta.

Look for Datone Jones to slowly but surely work his way into the Cowboys' rotation at defensive tackle and stiffen their against the run with his range and athleticism.

Sean Martin

Written by Sean Martin

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Andre Hickman

Let me lay it out the issue Dallas is having a very simple is Scott Linehan a run-of-the-mill average playing offense of coordinator yes is that problematic only when your team doesn’t have physicality at the point of attack that physicality now plays for the Denver Broncos the defense the problem with the defense or the success of the defense in any Rob Marinelli scheme will always depend on who is your nose tackle whoever lines up over the top of that Center has to be able to collapse the pocket that way you funnel everything out to your defensive ends giving them an opportunity to set the edge and make a play. The secondary is Young and needs the front end to help them out it’s going to have to be a lot of front end taking a load so that the quarterbacks were forced in the position to make bathrooms given those young Db and opportunity to make a play on the ball. On to Jason Garrett is he a great coach nope he is not an X’s and O’s kind of coach he is a coach em up kind of coach. He is coached to a degree the loss of physicality that the Cowboys have played with.

Sean Martin

Andre, thank you for reading. I agree with you on the defensive issues, although I have a hard time saying Garrett is a “great” coach, even as a supporter of his. My question for you is this though – did you think Linehan’s offense was “run-of-the-mill” a season ago or in 2014? More importantly, did the teams trying to stop it each week think so? Appreciate you taking the time to comment!

Andre Hickman

Of course I thought Scott lenihan’s offense was run-of-the-mill he’s very plain undynamic play-caller and it works if you have physicality at the point of attack in 2014 we had physicality the Cowboys don’t have physicality without Ron Leary and Ezekiel Elliott being suspended. The same can be said about last year Ron Leary being physical Zeke running the football equals successful Scott Linehan offense

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