Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/14/12
Drafted in the 3rdround (#76) in the 2010 NFL Draft, Chad Jones was once considered a steal for the New York Giants. However; since his accident many fans have forgotten about the Safety out of LSU. Fortunately, the Giants haven't forgotten as they have reconstructed the remaining two years of Jones' contract; which indicates that they feel Jones can still be a productive player on the team. Here's a look at his pre-draft scouting report:

“Jones was called the best athlete on the team by many of his LSU Tiger teammates and it would be hard to argue such an assessment. Jones has been blessed with natural athletic talent, standing at an imposing 6'3' and 230 pounds. He can run under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, has great hands, and--not surprisingly--was one of the hardest hitters in Baton Rouge. Jones started to put all of those tools together on the football field as a junior in 2009. Playing on an LSU defense that has always been loaded, Jones did not start as a freshman (although he contributed significantly) and he started six games as a sophomore. Emerging as a potent defensive force in 2009, Jones finished fifth on the team with 74 total tackles and tied for fourth with 37 assists. He led the squad with three interceptions and he recorded both a blocked kick and a forced fumble. Jones also returned a punt for a 93-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 30-26 victory over Mississippi State. Jones never put up star quality numbers in college, in part because he lacked a ton of experience and decided to enter the NFL Draft following his junior season. Had he decided to return for his senior campaign, Jones could have found himself in the first round of the 2011 draft.”

Unfortunately in June of 2010, Jones was involved in a horrible car accident that nearly cost him his life.  He's been recovering ever since and it’s been a long road, but Jones has made some tremendous strides in recent months. Jonesis at 80% and barring any unforeseen setbacks, Jones should be ready to re-join the Giants when training camp begins.  However, a spot on the team is not a certainty and he'll have to earn his way on, with Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips and Tyler Sash all guaranteed spots, Jones' competition will come from any free agents/rookies the Giants add to the roster.

Other Footnotes: The Giants GM Jerry Reese addressed a pressing need this week by re-signing 3 of his own players who had their 2011 seasons cut short by injuries: Corner-Back’s Terrell Thomas, Michael Coe and Justin Tryon. This will give the Giants the needed depth – along with the draft – for training camp.

Here is a list of players the Giants have either retained or brought under contract since Super Bowl XLVI:

03/13/2012 Joel Reinders (OL) –  signed to new contract

03/13/2012 Larry Donnell (TE) –   signed to new contract

03/13/2012 Michael Coe (CB) –     signed to new contract

03/13/2012 Justin Tryon (CB) –     signed to new contract

03/13/2012 Terrell Thomas (CB) – signed to new contract

03/05/2012 Steve Weatherford (P) – designated Franchise Tag

03/02/2012 Domenik Hixon (WR) – signed to new contract 02/14/2012

Chris White (C) – signed as free agent

02/14/2012 Ryan Purvis (TE) – signed as free agent

02/14/2012 Craig Marshall (DE) – signed as free agent

What makes GM Reese so successful are the little moves he makes. Reese finds players that fit into the Giants system and if he selects enough, a few should develop into solid players to contribute to the success of the team.


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