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Deion Jones can break the franchise record for interceptions by a linebacker in 2021

Jones has put his mark on this team in a number of ways through the first five years of his career, but he’ll have his first team record soon.

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Deion Jones is currently 22nd in franchise history in terms of interceptions, as he’s grabbed 11 in his five years with the team and has led the team in picks multiple times already. If he snags two this year, he’ll move up into a tie for 14th, but he’ll also have the franchise record for interceptions by a linebacker.

This isn’t the kind of mark teams stop the game for and recognize, but it’s impressive work by a player who has made a habit of plucking passes out of the air. He ended Jameis Winston’s 2019 season with one, and he managed perhaps the prettiest interception ever against Drew Brees while the team was in their color rush jerseys. This man is not just good at intercepting passes; he’s made each of the 11 he’s managed look like little works of art.

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So obviously I’m not going to be very surprised if he gets #12 and #13 this year, vaulting him past Tommy Nobis and Keith Brooking for the all-time Falcons mark. No one should be surprised if he wraps up his Falcons career, hopefully many years from now, somewhere in the top ten all-time for the team. He’s good at this stuff.

Jones is going to be an instrumental part of this defense in 2021, whether Dean Pees prizes his coverage, his pass rushing ability, his playmaking, or all three. A couple of interceptions and a record would be the icing on the cake of what I’m feeling pretty confident will be a great season.