Do not pass to the receiver whom Deion Jones is covering. Just don’t do it. Because it probably won’t end well for your offense.
According to Pro Football Focus, the former LSU standout and Atlanta Falcons linebacker was far and away the best rookie linebacker in pass coverage a year ago.
No rookie linebacker came close to Deion Jones' production last year pic.twitter.com/1l9ElteNCr
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 6, 2017
Dissecting the abbreviations on the stat, it’s yards allowed per snap dropped into coverage, and Jones ranked tops among the nine linebackers in the rookie class.
To go along with those stingy coverage numbers, Jones also had 108 tackles and 11 passes defended in 15 games. He returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns, including a 90-yard pick-six against the Saints in his hometown of New Orleans on Monday Night Football.
Jones will be reunited in Atlanta’s linebacking core with his former LSU teammate Duke Riley, who the Falcons drafted in the second round of April’s draft.