Offensive lineman Brett Jones came to the New York Giants a year ago after two seasons in the Canadian Football League filled with about as many individual accomplishments as are possible for a guy who played center. Jones was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2014 while playing for the Calgary Stampeders. He had been the league's Most Outstanding Rookie in 2013.
Jones admitted when he arrived that he had much to adjust to in terms of style and caliber of play as he transitioned from the CFL to the NFL. We never really got to see if Jones could complete the transition, though, as a preseason knee injury landed him on season-ending injured reserve.
Let's take a closer look at Jones as we continue our series of player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp in late July.
2015 Season in Review
As we said, Jones missed the entire season after suffering a knee injury late in the preseason. Until then, it appeared he was going to make the 53-man roster as a reserve center and emergency guard.
2016 Season Outlook
Jones, 24, finds himself locked in a fight for a roster spot. He worked Wednesday as the second-team center. Veteran Adam Gettis and 2015 practice squad player Shane McDermott have also seen considerable time in that role. If he can also play a little bit at guard, the 6-foot-2, 318-pound Jones will have a better opportunity to make the roster.
Take it for what it's worth, but asked on Wednesday for young linemen who had made an impression this spring offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan mentioned Bobby Hart, but said nothing about Jones. Of course, he did not mention McDermott, either. That might mean something. It might not.
We have to get to training camp and the preseason to see how the offensive line shakes out once players are wearing pads and are allowed to hit. Until then, all we really know is that Jones is in the mix for one of the reserve roles.