Jones in 2014 turned in the best season in Bengals history in overall kick returns, and he accomplished that while seeing regular defensive time as the No. 3 CB ... Earned nod as first-team kick returner on pro football’s flagship all-star squad, the Associated Press All-Pro team, and also named first-team All-Pro by Pro Football Writers Association and Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback ... He became first Bengal to win an NFL kickoff return title, averaging a club-record 31.3 yards, and he finished second in the league in punt returns (12.0) ... No previous Bengal had finished in even the top 10 in both categories for a season ... A ninth-year NFL player for 2015, Jones has established himself with the Bengals, having played 65 of his 104 career games (including postseason) for Cincinnati ... His 22 punt returns last season gave him enough to qualify for Cincinnati’s career PR rankings, and he ranks No. 1 with a Bengals career norm of 11.4 yards, ahead of former leader Quan Cosby (10.0) ... On defense, he tied for second on team last season in INTs (three), and he finished third in passes defensed (11) ... Played key role in multiple areas in playoff-clinching Monday night win Dec. 22 vs. Denver ... Had a 97-yard kickoff return to set up a fourth quarter TD on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, longest play in franchise history that did not result in a TD ... In 2013, tied for team lead in INTs (three) and led in passes defensed (18) ... Has five career punt returns for TDs, including one for Bengals, tied for second among active players.
Career transactions: Selected by Tennessee in first round of 2005 NFL Draft (sixth overall) ... Signed with Titans on 8-23-05 ... Re-signed with Titans on 4-26-08 ... Traded by Titans to Dallas on 4-27-08 for Cowboys’ fourth-round selection in 2008 NFL Draft ... Waived by Cowboys on 2-9-09 ... Signed with Cincinnati as free agent on 5-10-10 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-23-11 ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-25-13.
2014 highlights: Played in Games 1-16 (three starts), and started Wild Card playoff as a third CB ... Had 63 tackles, three INTs (tied for second on team), 11 passes defensed (third on team) and a fumble recovery ... Led NFL in kickoff return average (31.3) and ranked second in punt return average (12.0) ... On Sept. 7 at Baltimore, had a 45-yard punt return that helped set up a Bengals FG ... Four tackles and a pass defensed on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, with a 24-yard punt return ... Had a 47-yard punt return to set up a Bengals TD on Oct. 5 at New England, and also logged three tackles and a pass defensed ... Logged eight tackles and a pass defensed on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, and had a 97-yard kickoff return to set up a Bengals fourth-quarter TD ... Had five tackles and two passes defensed Oct. 19 at Indianapolis, and recovered a fumble by Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw at Bengals 11-yard line in first quarter ... Intercepted a Joe Flacco pass on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, with 12-yard return that led to a Bengals FG, and returned three kickoffs for a 31.0 average ... Started at RCB on Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland, and had eight tackles and a pass defensed ... On Dec. 14 at Cleveland, had an INT of Johnny Manziel to halt a Browns drive in Bengals territory late in first half ... Had four tackles and a fourth-quarter INT of Peyton Manning on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, and had an 80-yard kickoff return in third quarter, setting up TD that put Bengals ahead 27-14 ... Led secondary in tackles (six) in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis.
Previous seasons: 2005—Primary starter for Tennessee at RCB, he led team in passes defensed (12) and logged 53 tackles ... Ranked fourth in NFL in kickoff returns (26.2) and fifth in AFC in punt returns (9.4) ... Named to Pro Football Weekly all-rookie team as punt returner ... Had 85-yard KOR on Nov. 20 vs. Jacksonville ... On Dec. 11 vs. Houston, his 52-yard punt return was Titans’ only TD in 13-10 win, and he was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. 2006—Started 15 games for Tennessee ... His four INTs included 83-yard return for TD on Dec. 17 vs. Jacksonville, and his NFL-leading 12.9-yard punt return average included three returns for TDs, tying franchise record ... Second on team in passes defensed (14) ... On Oct. 29 vs. Houston, sparked 28-22 win with a 53-yard punt return TD in fourth quarter, and logged his first career INT (off Sage Rosenfels) ... On Nov. 19 at Philadelphia, aided 31-13 win with punt return of 90 yards for TD, a Titans record ... Two INTs off Eli Manning in Nov. 26 comeback vs. N.Y. Giants ... On Dec. 31 vs. New England, had an 81-yard punt return for TD and a 47-yard KOR, and his 259 total kick return yards for the game was the NFL’s season high ... Saw spot duty on offense for Titans, gaining eight yards on two rushing attempts and 17 yards on two receptions ... Did not play Nov. 5 at Jacksonville due to team suspension. 2007—Suspended indefinitely by NFL (player conduct policy) on April 10, and remained on suspension through entire season. 2008—Re-signed with Titans on April 26 (while still on suspension), and was traded April 27 to Dallas for fourth-round selection in ’08 draft ... Suspension lifted by NFL on Aug. 28, and started for Dallas in Games 1-6 before again being suspended under player conduct policy, missing Games 7-12 ... Reinstated and played in three of the last four games, missing one with neck injury ... Closed season with 33 tackles and 13 passes defensed. 2009—Not with an NFL team. 2010—Signed as free agent with Bengals in May ... Played in five games, but suffered neck injury Oct. 24 at Atlanta and was placed Oct. 26 on Reserve/Injured list ... In his limited action for Cincinnati, had an INT, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, with a fumble return for a TD ... On Oct. 24 at Atlanta, stripped ball from WR Roddy White at Bengals’ 41 and ran 59 yards after recovery for a TD to give Bengals a 25-24 lead in third quarter. 2011—Opened second Bengals season on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, due to rehab from offseason neck surgery ... Made season debut Oct. 30 at Seattle and had 63-yard punt return on his first play, but strained a hamstring, did not return and missed next two games ... For the season, played in eight games, with seven starts at RCB in place of injured Leon Hall, and also started at RCB in Wild Card playoff ... His 63-yard punt return Oct. 30 at Seattle set up a TD and was longest Bengals punt return since 2003 (Peter Warrick, 68 yards) ... Led secondary with six tackles Nov. 20 at Baltimore, including two TD-saving plays — an open-field tackle on WR Torrey Smith, leading to a Nate Clements INT two plays later, and a tackle of RB Ray Rice after 59-yard gain to Bengals six, after which Bengals forced Ravens to settle for FG ... Five tackles and a pass defensed in Wild Card playoff on 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—Played in all 16 Bengals games and in Wild Card playoff ... Five starts ... Totaled 43 tackles, 11 passes defensed (tied for second on team), a sack and a forced fumble ... Made early mark in the return game on Sept. 16 at Cleveland, taking game’s opening punt 81 yards for a TD in eventual seven-point win ... Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Cleveland performance ... On Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, had a 63-yard punt return to set up a TD ... Also vs. Giants, forced a fumble (Bengals recovered) against RB Ahmad Bradshaw in the red zone ... One tackle and a third-down pass defensed in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Played in Games 1-16, with 13 starts, and also started the team’s Wild Card playoff vs. San Diego ... Assumed the starting RCB job after a season-ending injury to Leon Hall in Game 5 ... Tied for team lead with three INTs, and led team with 18 passes defensed ... Also had a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... 11 punt returns for 8.0 average ... Started at RCB in place of Leon Hall on Oct. 6 vs. New England and had an acrobatic, game-sealing INT at Cincinnati 3 with 0:16 to play ... Also vs. New England, made end-zone break-up of pass intended for Julian Edelman on third-and-goal from Cincinnati one, leading Pats to settle for FG and eventual final deficit of 13-6 ... On Oct. 27 vs. Jets, scored 60-yard TD on return of an intercepted Geno Smith pass ... Two passes defensed Oct. 31 at Miami, and recovered a Lamar Miller fumble two yards deep in end zone, returning 43 yards to Bengals 41 ... On Dec. 15 vs. Pittsburgh, intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass at Cincinnati two-yard line, and recorded five tackles (two for loss) ... Led secondary with seven tackles in Wild Card Playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Played three seasons (2002-04) at West Virginia before declaring for NFL Draft after his junior year ... First-team All-America selection as a junior by College Football News, after leading team in tackles (76) and posting two sacks and three INTs ... Also as a junior, named Big East Special Teams Player of the Year, averaging 14.6 yards with a TD on punt returns and 23.4 yards on kickoff returns ... For his career, played 36 games with 22 starts, with 201 tackles, eight INTs, 30 total passes defensed, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
Personal: Hometown is Atlanta, Ga. ... Attended Westlake High School, where as a DB and RB he earned Class 4A All-State honors and was named his conference’s player of the year ... Also earned prep All-America honors in basketball, and ran track ... Special education major at West Virginia, and was a member of Athletic Director’s Academic Honor roll ... Has two daughters, Zaniyah Christine and Trinity Alexandria ... Hobbies include dirt bike riding, listening to music, and his dog, Macho.
NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Jones did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2007 or ’09 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games in either season.
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