Pro Football Spot's "Countdown to Kickoff" series continues with No. 97 Arthur Jones, who signed with the Colts this past offseason after spending the first four years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens.
When Arthur Jones signed with the Colts as a free agent this past offseason, he called it a “no-brainer”.
The former Ravens defensive lineman had already known head coach Chuck Pagano and fellow defensive lineman Cory Redding from their days in Baltimore. Pagano was the defensive coordinator and Redding was Jones’ teammate.
“It’s always easy to go to a place where you see and know familiar faces,” Jones said. “It’s kind of like the first day of school. You are waiting at the bus stop looking for someone you know. [Pagano] brought so much passion to the game and a guy that loved his job and really loved football. Anytime you have a coach like that, that loves to win, you would love to go to war for him.
“[Redding] was my mentor in the big brother program they had in Baltimore. He was a guy that helped me mature and showed me the ropes, how to be a professional.”
But where Jones plays will remain a mystery. A versatile player, Jones has split time between defensive tackle and defensive end in his career. As a tackle last season, he had 53 stops along with four sacks.
The Colts could use his help regardless of where he plays. Their inability to stop the run last season was badly exposed in the playoffs against the New England Patriots.
“Yeah, I would say that’s safe to say, definitely,” Jones said when asked if he was brought here to help stop the run. “But you never know, though, you may see me on passing downs, too.”