The Colts waived Sam Jones yesterday, and today, he’s an Atlanta Falcon. The 25-year-old offensive lineman and former 6th round pick back in 2018 is now on his fourth team since being drafted, and he’ll hope to make Atlanta his home for a while now.
Coming out of college at Arizona State—where he overlapped with 2021 draft pick and extremely enthusiastic wide receiver Frank Darby—Bleacher Report declared Jones a good athlete and a good fit for zone blocking schemes, though they took aim at his strength and frame and questioned whether either would hold up in the NFL. With the Falcons, Jones will compete for a role at center with Matt Hennessy and 2021 pick Drew Dalman, and there’s potential for him to hang on as a reserve there if one of Dalman or Hennessy ends up snagging a job at guard. For now, he’s just an athletic flier, but we’ll see if what he can turn this opportunity into.
Some transactions today— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 13, 2021
- The Falcons claimed C Sam Jones off of waivers from the Colts
- The Jets RB Austin Walter off of waivers from the 49ers (reuniting with OC Mike LaFleur)
- The Giants waived DE Breeland Speaks
The Falcons just keep adding to what should be a spirited competition on the interior of their offensive line, which is welcome. Going into the draft, Atlanta had Matt Hennessy and possibly Josh Andrews competing for center, with Matt Gono, Willie Wright, and Willie Beavers in the mix at left guard alongside those two. Now, they’ve added third rounder Jalen Mayfield to compete at guard, Dalman to compete at center or guard, Jones, and a pretty promising crop of undrafted free agent linemen to add to the mix at those two spots. Hopefully, all that competition will give Atlanta not just two capable starters at left guard and center, but also quality depth for the season ahead.
Give Jones a warm welcome to Atlanta!