Deion Jones may not yet be 100% after the foot injury that landed him on injured reserve for much of the season. But he looked pretty close to it when he returned an interception for a touchdown in the Falcons’ 40-14 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
The defense had quite a showing against rookie Josh Rosen, who was pressured into plenty of mistakes. Rosen finished his day with 132 yards, no touchdowns, a fumble, and two picks while taking six sacks from a Falcons unit that apparently has finally figured out how to rush a quarterback.
One of those interceptions was tipped by Vic Beasley before landing in Jones’ hands. Jones ran it all the way back for six.
Jones was flying toward the end zone.
Debo reached a top speed of 19.10 mph on his pick six #NextGenStats— Matt Haley (@FalconsMHaley) December 16, 2018
Jones wasn’t even the fastest Falcon on the field Sunday. Tevin Coleman eclipsed Jones’ speed on his way to 145 yards and a score.
Tevin Coleman hit 20.29 mph on his 43-yard touchdown run - the second-longest TD run of his career #NextGenStats— Matt Haley (@FalconsMHaley) December 16, 2018
That’s quite fast.
There were some moments in Sunday’s game that Jones didn’t look to be at full speed, but this was not one of them. Who knows if this defense can maintain this level of play against teams that aren’t the Cardinals, but it was a much more encouraging performance across the board.