Greg Jones came in last year as a rookie and ended up starting five games at middle linebacker for the New York Giants due to the various amounts of injuries the team had throughout the season. Jones amassed 31 tackles. His best game was probably versus the Arizona Cardinals when he had six tackles. Now he’s being moved to outside linebacker this season. The question is could he steal a starting spot?
Linebacker is going to be one of the most competitive spots throughout camp. The only person who’s really guaranteed a starting spot is Michael Boley. You could really tell the difference defensively with this team when Boley was in the lineup, compared to when he was injured. The other two spots are really up for grabs and Jones should be right in the mix as long as he’s healthy.
Having a full training camp, unlike last year, should really help him get more acquainted to the defense. Jones showed he had some skills at the linebacker position. I really liked him at Michigan State and I thought the Giants really got a steal with him in the sixth round of the draft. By all accounts he’s really adjusting well to the position switch.
If Jones is going to win a starting spot, he’s going to have to perform during the preseason games as well. I really can’t see a scenario where he doesn’t make the 53 man roster because if he doesn’t start he can continue to contribute on special teams like he did last year. The real question is whether or not he can continue to progress as a player and become a starter.