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Jason Jones says Lions' new length along defensive line could be intimidating

Posted Jun 3, 2013

The Lions signed Jones on day one of free agency with the idea that his length and speed would be a compliment alongside Ndamukong Suh - and continued by drafting Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor

New Lions left defensive end Jason Jones has only been lining up alongside defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for a couple weeks during unpadded OTA practices.

Still, the six-year veteran can already tell that he's going to like playing alongside the two-time Pro Bowler.

"It's going to benefit me a lot," Jones said. "All eyes are going to be on him with what he's done and his track record in the league. It's just my job to make some plays and play off him."

The Lions made Jones one of their Day 1 priorities in free agency with the idea that his length and speed would be a compliment alongside Suh.

"He's got great length, he weighs over 280 pounds, which is a big difference from a lot of defensive ends that we've had here," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Jones.

"But he's not sacrificing speed or agility because of it. There is speed and agility that you have to have to be a defensive end and he has that.

"He also gives us (a frame that is) 6-foot-6 and super long arms. He should be able to help us in the pass rush game and should affect throws even if he doesn't win in pass rush because of his length and be able to knock passes down."

The team drafted Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah (6-5, 271) and Devin Taylor (6-7, 276) in April with the same thought process.

Ziggy AnsahZiggy Ansah (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Last season, the Lions' nine defensive linemen combined for a total of nine defended passes.

Ansah knocked down nine passes by himself last season for BYU. Taylor had six for South Carolina and Jones got his hand on four with the Seattle Seahawks.

"I think (our length) may be intimidating for offensive lines," Jones said. "Just the size we've got on the outside. I think our length is going to help us out a lot with our pass rush, our technique and in the run game, too."

The Lions made a conscientious effort to get bigger and longer upfront, without sacrificing any of the speed that's been a staple along the edges of Gunther Cunningham's defense the past four years, with players like Cliff Avril.

"We have a lot of playmakers and a lot of athletes in this room," Jones said. "I can't wait for the preseason to see how everything is going to work together."