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Report: Minnesota Vikings get visit from Datone Jones

The Minnesota Vikings are turning their attention to the defensive side of the ball, at least for one free-agent visit.

The Minnesota Vikings are meeting with their second straight Green Bay Packers free agent.

After hosting running back Eddie Lacy for a free-agent visit over the weekend before he returned to Green Bay to talk to his most recent team, the Vikings are meeting with defender Datone Jones, according to NFL Network.

Jones played outside linebacker for the Packers after he didn’t fit in their 3-4 scheme as an end and slimmed down from 285 to about 260. He would likely fit into the Vikings’ defensive line rotation, most likely at defensive end, if signed.

Jones played in 15 games each of the last two seasons in Green Bay, starting four games last year and totaling 22 tackles in 2016. In four years with the Packers, he has nine sacks. The 26-year old played his collegiate ball for UCLA, a school that also produced current Vikings linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks.

The Vikings already have Everson Griffen, Brian Robison and Danielle Hunter at defensive end, but reserve defensive end Justin Trattou is a free agent. On the interior of the line, the Vikings have Linval Joseph, Sharrif Floyd, Shamar Stephen and Tom Johnson, but Floyd has been injured often and is playing 2017 on his fifth-year option after missing 15 games in 2016.


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