It hasn’t been the season we’ve expected for Chris Jones, but that’s not the player’s fault at all. Before the season began, the Chiefs made it clear they would experiment with moving Jones outside to defensive end, a move he’s wanted to make for some time. That sort of change was going to come with some ups and downs as he learned the role, and the team’s earliest games proved that notion true.
Unfortunately the first few weeks also came with a wrist injury that only became worse over time for Jones. It bothered him enough to place him on the injury report earlier in the year, but Jones played through in late September. However, Jones has been out of the Chiefs last two games against the Buffalo Bills and Washington Football Team with the same wrist injury.
The good news is that Jones has returned to practice this week, and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo spoke this week as if he’s expecting Jones to play in his reference to potentially moving Jones back inside. The Chiefs are still cryptic in the way they plan on deploying Jones, but the takeaway here is that Jones will play. Where he plays at this point is just a bonus.
The Chiefs defensive front might have Frank Clark, Jarran Reed, Chris Jones, Mike Danna and others together for the first time on Sunday. Even if it’s in limited duty, it should help the unit’s overall ineffectiveness to date.