Measurables: 6-foot-3, 270 pounds.
2014 stats: N/A
Dominique Jones is a fourth-year tight end out of Division II Shepherd University. As a senior, he notched 34 receptions for 403 yards and nine touchdowns, while earning third-team All-American and second-team All-Conference honors. That season, he helped Shepherd win a school-record 12 games and the Division II National Semi-finals.
Like most Division II NFL hopefuls, the 2010 NFL Draft came and went without Jones’ name getting called. Without NFL interest post-draft, he spent the first two years of his professional career playing in the United Football League and the Indoor Football League.
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His NFL break came in 2012, when the Indianapolis Colts signed him. As a rookie, he went on to appear in four games and snagged his first career reception. In 2013, Jones spent time with Indy and the Kansas City Chiefs, starting two games (both with Indy) and appeared in eight total games. Things were looking up.
Alas, the Chiefs waived Jones in March of 2014, but he caught on with the Buffalo Bills, who waived him in the final roster cuts of the preseason. John Elway and the Denver Broncos then took a flyer on him, signing him to the practice squad.
Jones spent a brief time on the active roster and in the few snaps he received, he showed that he is a road-grading blocker, who uses his size/frame to lock opponents out of the play, especially in run blocking. With the Broncos turning toward a more balanced attack on offense, tight end blocking acumen is a must.
Jones is a darkhorse to make the final roster, especially with rookie third round pick Jeff Heuerman lost for the season with an ACL tear. Jones will have to beat out Marcel Jensen, but in an early 53-man roster projection, our very own Erick Trickel has Jones making the final squad.
Training camp opens tomorrow. It’ll be Jones’ first with the Broncos. The players will don the pads and begin contact for the first time this year. With Jones, we’ll soon see what’s what, as the cream always rises to the top.
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