The Jets are looking for a little boost in their pass rush and Howard Jones may just do the trick. Despite injury and having a lackluster 2016 season, Jones has shown that he can get to the quarterback.
The third-year defensive man out of Shepard was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2014. After being waived at the start of the 2015 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quickly signed him to the practice squad.
Playing in 12 games and starting in 5 for the Buccaneers, in 2015, he recorded 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovered , and 9 tackles. Injury kept his stint with Tampa brief, but in his short time had shown that he can be a capable defensive end.
With the additions of Noah Spence, Robert Ayers, Ryan Russell, the re-signing of William Gholston, and the return of Jacquies Smith on the horizon, the need for Howard Jones was all but none.