The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 (TODAY!) with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason. To pass the time until camp, we’re taking a look at every player on the Colts’ 90-man roster. Today, we’re looking at defensive lineman Arthur Jones.
Who is he?
Arthur Jones has been one of the most disappointing free agent signings of the Ryan Grigson tenure in Indianapolis – mainly because he hasn’t been able to stay on the field. Signed in 2014 to bolster the defensive line, Jones missed a significant portion of his first season with the team due to a sprained ankle, and then upon returning in 2015 he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in preseason. In two years, he has played in just nine games for the Colts and started just three of them. He was under a lot of pressure to produce this year anyway, and then he was suspended for the first four games of the regular season due to violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, which just increased that pressure. Before coming to the Colts, Jones spent four years with the Baltimore Ravens, where he played in 46 games and started 20.
What is his role?
Jones’ role is yet to be determined. The Colts are waiting on him to get healthy and want to see what he can do in training camp and preseason this year, but then they will be without him for the first four weeks. It’s possible that the team decides he’s simply not worth keeping around anymore, though there’s no reason to rush that decision. Instead, the Colts will likely see if he can get healthy and contribute in some way before making the final call, but Jones’ status is seriously in doubt.
What are his chances?
If healthy he could be able to stick around as a depth player, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to do enough to win a spot this year.