DaQuan Jones
Jones with the Tennessee Titans in 2018
No. 90 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1991-12-27) December 27, 1991 (age 29)
Johnson City, NY
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Johnson City High School (NY)
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2020
Total tackles:205
Sacks:9.0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

DaQuan Steven Jones (born December 27, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Early life

Jones was born on December 27, 1991, in Johnson City, New York. He attended Johnson City Senior High School, where he played football and basketball as well as throwing the shot put.[1]

Recruiting

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
DaQuan Jones
OG
Johnson City, New York Johnson City, NY High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 302 lb (137 kg) 4.21 Jun 28, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
   Rivals:
   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2010 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

Initially projected as an offensive guard, Jones committed to Penn State on June 28, 2009 after being recruited by Mike McQueary.[2]

College career

After limited action in his freshman and sophomore seasons, Jones was Penn State's starting defensive tackle opposite Jordan Hill in 2012, his junior season and recorded 22 tackles, two tackles for a loss, and a half sack. During the subsequent offseason, Jones committed to losing weight to become quicker, and dropped 25 pounds, coming into the 2013 season at 315 pounds. In the first game of the 2013 season, Jones' work paid off, as he recorded nine tackles, three for a loss, and a sack.[3] After the second game, Jones had already amassed 18 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss (TFL), and 2 sacks.[4] After three games, his five TFL led the Big Ten.[5] Halfway through the season, ESPN.com called him Penn State's defensive most valuable player.[6]

Professional career

Tennessee Titans

Jones was rated the number one overall defensive tackle by some analysts coming into the 2013 season.[7] He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+34 in
(1.92 m)
322 lb
(146 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
5.35 s 4.78 s 7.73 s 27+12 in
(0.70 m)
8 ft 5 in
(2.57 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9]

In Week 17 of the 2014 season, Jones, recorded his first career sack against the Colts, tacking on four tackles including a forced fumble. Jones started in all 16 games in 2015 and 2016. He scored his first touchdown on January 1, 2017, after recovering a fumble in the end zone.

In 2017, Jones started the first 12 games before suffering torn biceps and was placed on injured reserve on December 4, 2017.[10] He finished the season with 31 tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks.

On March 14, 2018, Jones signed a three-year, $21 million contract extension with the Titans.[11]

On September 29, 2020, Jones was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team.[12] He was activated on October 11.[13]

Carolina Panthers

Jones signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on April 20, 2021.[14]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2014 TEN 7 1 8 5 3 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2015 TEN 16 16 45 25 20 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2016 TEN 16 16 26 17 9 1.5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2017 TEN 12 12 31 19 12 3.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2018 TEN 16 16 34 20 14 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2019 TEN 16 16 42 21 21 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 3
2020 TEN 14 14 34 18 16 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
Career 96 90 205 110 95 9.0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 4

Postseason

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2017 TEN 0 0 Did not play due to injury
2019 TEN 3 3 6 2 4 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
Career 3 3 6 2 4 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ "DaQuan Jones". www.titansonline.com. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Daquan Jones". Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Johnson, Travis (September 6, 2013). "DaQuan Jones tackling competition for Nittany Lions". Centre Daily Times. Centre County, Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on September 9, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Snyder, Audrey (September 11, 2013). "Penn State players aim to keep the mood light and the schedule routine as they prep for a night game". The Patriot News. Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "Penn State vs. Kent State Game Notes" (PDF). Penn State football. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Moyer, Josh (October 15, 2013). "Midseason report: Penn State". Big Ten Blog - ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  7. ^ Huguenin, Mike (September 4, 2013). "Penn State senior DT DaQuan Jones opens season with big game". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  8. ^ Peters, Craig (May 10, 2014). "Titans Take Penn State DT DaQuan Jones with First of Fourth-Round Picks". TitansOnline.com. Archived from the original on May 17, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/daquan-jones?id=2543504
  10. ^ Wyatt, Jim (December 4, 2017). "Titans Place DaQuan Jones on IR, Sign TE Luke Stocker". TitansOnline.com.
  11. ^ Wyatt, Jim (March 14, 2018). "Titans Agree to Multi-Year Contract with DL DaQuan Jones". TitansOnline.com.
  12. ^ Wyatt, Jim (September 29, 2020). "Titans Place Three Players on Reserve/COVID-19 List, Add Two to Practice Squad". TennesseeTitans.com. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "Titans' DaQuan Jones: Activated from COVID-19 list". CBSSports.com. October 11, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  14. ^ "Panthers sign defensive tackle DaQuan Jones". Panthers.com. April 20, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2021.