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Dhani Jones
MLB #57
Height:
6-1
Weight:
236
College:
Michigan
Hometown:
Potomac, MD
Experience:
11
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 157 889 628 261 9.5 0 39 5 0 28 -- 14
2010 CIN 16 125 86 39 1 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CIN 16 113 76 37 3.5 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2008 CIN 16 116 75 41 0 -- 8 1 0 13 13 13
2007 CIN 14 89 58 31 1 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2006 PHI 16 76 55 21 0.5 -- 5 -- -- -- -- --
2005 PHI 16 70 56 14 0 -- 6 1 0 0 -- 0
2004 PHI 16 71 49 22 0.5 -- 4 1 0 0 -- 0
2003 NYG 16 120 93 27 3 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2002 NYG 15 82 60 22 0 -- 3 1 0 1 1 1
2001 NYG 16 27 20 7 0 -- 0 1 0 14 14 14
2000 NYG 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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2010 HIGHLIGHTS: GENERAL: Eleventh-year pro in his fourth Bengals season, Jones claimed third straight team tackles title … Started every game, and led club with 160 tackles, a margin of 65 over second-place Keith Rivers … His 15 tackles Dec. 26 vs. San Diego ranked as team’s highest game total of the season, and he had two of the three games with 14 tackles ... Also had two sacks, four passes defensed (tied for front seven lead), four QB pressures and a forced fumble … Led team or tied for team lead in tackles in nine games ... Voted by the team as one of two defensive captains for 2010.

GAME-BY-GAME: Led club with 13 tackles Sept. 12 at New England … Had 11 tackles Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, including team-best eight solos … Tied for club lead in tackles with six Sept. 26 at Carolina and forced a Jonathan Stewart fumble in fourth quarter that was recovered by Robert Geathers, setting up a drive for TD that iced the game … Tied Keith Rivers for team lead with 14 tackles Oct. 3 at Cleveland, and their totals are tied for most by a Bengal this season … Eight tackles and two passes defensed Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay ... Seven tackles Oct. 24 at Atlanta ... Five tackles Oct. 31 vs. Miami ... Logged 14 tackles Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, tied for team single-game high this season ... Led club with 13 tackles Nov. 14 at Indianapolis, and also had a pass defensed ... Led club with eight tackles Nov. 21 vs. Buffalo ... Had 11 tackles Nov. 25 at N.Y. Jets, and his 10 solos tied team’s season high ... Led club with 12 tackles Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans ... Eight tackles Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh, including a nine-yard sack to Bengals 32 on a third-down play in fourth quarter, pushing Steelers out of field goal range and forcing a punt ... Eight tackles and a QB pressure Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland ... His 15 tackles Dec. 26 vs. San Diego were club’s season high and included a stop of Jacob Hester for no gain on second-and-goal from the one, part of second-quarter goal-line stand that forced Chargers to settle for field goal ... His seven tackles Jan. 2 at Baltimore tied for team lead and included one for-loss.

2010 HIGHLIGHTS: GENERAL: Eleventh-year pro in his fourth Bengals season, Jones claimed third straight team tackles title … Started every game, and led club with 160 tackles, a margin of 65 over second-place Keith Rivers … His 15 tackles Dec. 26 vs. San Diego ranked as team’s highest game total of the season, and he had two of the three games with 14 tackles ... Also had two sacks, four passes defensed (tied for front seven lead), four QB pressures and a forced fumble … Led team or tied for team lead in tackles in nine games ... Voted by the team as one of two defensive captains for 2010.

GAME-BY-GAME: Led club with 13 tackles Sept. 12 at New England … Had 11 tackles Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, including team-best eight solos … Tied for club lead in tackles with six Sept. 26 at Carolina and forced a Jonathan Stewart fumble in fourth quarter that was recovered by Robert Geathers, setting up a drive for TD that iced the game … Tied Keith Rivers for team lead with 14 tackles Oct. 3 at Cleveland, and their totals are tied for most by a Bengal this season … Eight tackles and two passes defensed Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay ... Seven tackles Oct. 24 at Atlanta ... Five tackles Oct. 31 vs. Miami ... Logged 14 tackles Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, tied for team single-game high this season ... Led club with 13 tackles Nov. 14 at Indianapolis, and also had a pass defensed ... Led club with eight tackles Nov. 21 vs. Buffalo ... Had 11 tackles Nov. 25 at N.Y. Jets, and his 10 solos tied team’s season high ... Led club with 12 tackles Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans ... Eight tackles Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh, including a nine-yard sack to Bengals 32 on a third-down play in fourth quarter, pushing Steelers out of field goal range and forcing a punt ... Eight tackles and a QB pressure Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland ... His 15 tackles Dec. 26 vs. San Diego were club’s season high and included a stop of Jacob Hester for no gain on second-and-goal from the one, part of second-quarter goal-line stand that forced Chargers to settle for field goal ... His seven tackles Jan. 2 at Baltimore tied for team lead and included one for-loss.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009 - Led team Sept. 20 at Green Bay with 12 tackles … Logged 13 tackles Oct. 4 at Cleveland … Tied for team lead in tackles (10) on Oct. 11 at Baltimore, including six-yard sack of Joe Flacco … Tied for front-seven lead with five tackles Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, including a four-yard loss against RB Matt Forte in first quarter … Also vs. Chicago, recovered Devin Hester fumble at Bengals 34 in second quarter … Spearheaded defensive performance of only 226 net yards allowed Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, with team-leading nine tackles, including seven-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger … Tied for team lead in tackles (seven) Nov. 22 at Oakland, and recovered Bruce Gradkowski fumble at Bengals 32 in second quarter … On Nov. 29 vs. Cleveland, had six tackles and first two passes defensed of season as he contributed to defensive yield of just 169 net yards, fewest yards allowed by Bengals defense since 1983 (154 at Pittsburgh on 12-4-83) … Second on team Dec. 6 vs. Detroit with nine tackles, including 11-yard sack, and also had a pass defensed … Tied his personal season high with 13 tackles (led team) Dec. 13 at Minnesota … Led team in tackles (nine) Dec. 27 vs. Kansas City, and added a pass defensed … Seven tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets.

2008 - Led team with 15 tackles in each of Games 2-4 -- Sept. 14 vs. Tennessee, Sept. 21 at N.Y. Giants and Sept. 28 vs. Cleveland ... Recorded team-leading 13 tackles Oct. 12 at N.Y. Jets, and also had two QB hurries, one pass defensed and two special-teams tackles ... On Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, returned INT of David Garrard pass 13 yards, setting up drive for eventual winning TD ... Also vs. Jacksonville, tied for team lead in passes defensed (three) while adding two QB hurries and three tackles ... On Nov. 16 vs. Philadelphia, recorded seven tackles and two passes defensed, including one PD on third down to force a punt ... On Nov. 30 vs. Baltimore, tied for second in tackles with 13 and had a forced fumble (Ravens recovered) ... On Dec. 14 vs. Washington, tied team’s season high for tackles in a game, logging 17, and had a QB hurry ... On Dec. 21 at Cleveland, tied for team lead in tackles (15), including team-leading two tackles-for-loss ... Led team in tackles (11) Dec. 28 vs. Kansas City, and forced a Tyler Thigpen fumble that Jones recovered at Chiefs 34, setting up a FG drive for 16-0 lead.

2007 - Led team in tackles in five games and tied for lead once ... Tied for team lead in forced fumbles (two) and was only player with two forced fumbles on defense ... In his Bengals debut, Sept 23 vs. Seattle, replaced an injured Caleb Miller and led team in tackles (eight) while tying for special-teams tackles lead (two) ... Had six tackles Oct. 14 at Kansas City, and his forced fumble against WR Jeff Webb was recovered by teammate Frostee Rucker at the Bengals 48 in the third quarter, setting up a FG drive ... Led team in tackles (11) on Nov. 4 at Buffalo ... Took over starting WLB role on Nov. 11 at Baltimore, had four tackles, plus two stops on special teams ... Led team Nov. 18 vs. Arizona with eight tackles ... On Nov. 25 vs. Tennessee, had key play in second quarter when he helped preserve a 7-0 lead with sack-and-strip of quarterback Vince Young, Bengals recovering at their five-yard line ... Had team-leading 13 total stops vs. Tennessee, with 10 solos ... On Dec. 23 vs. Cleveland, his team-leading 13 tackles and 10 solos tied his highs for the season.

2006 - Played 16 games with 13 starts for NFC East champion Philadelphia, logging 93 tackles, and had 10 more tackles while seeing action in both Eagles playoff games (one start) ... Season-high 12 tackles and a shared sack on Oct. 29 vs. Jacksonville ... Had seven tackles in losing effort in Divisional playoff on 1-13-06 at New Orleans.

2005 - Started 16 games for the second time in his career and posted 105 tackles for Eagles ... Logged season-best 11 tackles in two games, Sept. 25 vs. Oakland and Dec. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants ... Led team with eight tackles in win Sept. 18 vs. San Francisco, and intercepted a Tom Rattay pass.

2004 - Signed with Philadelphia as unrestricted free agent on March 9 ... Played every game, with 15 starts, and started two of Eagles' three playoff games, including Super Bowl XXIX vs. New England (two tackles) ... Had season-high 10 tackles Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota.

2003 - Started every game in his final season with Giants ... Posted career highs in tackles (154) and sacks (three) ... Had career game-high of 18 tackles on Sept. 15 vs. Dallas, and intercepted a Quincy Carter pass.

2002 - Broke into Giants starting lineup and finished third on team with 101 tackles ... Season-high 13 tackles on Dec. 1 vs. Tennessee, and recovered a Steve McNair fumble to set up a field goal ... Intercepted a Peyton Manning pass Dec. 22 at Indianapolis ... Had five tackles in first playoff appearance, on 1-5-03 at San Francisco.

2001 - Played all 16 games for Giants and led club in special-teams tackles (16) ... Also had 11 tackles on defense ... Logged first pro INT on Nov. 4 vs. Dallas, picking off a Clint Stoerner pass with 14-yard return, and also had three tackles on defense.

2000 - Drafted by N.Y. Giants in sixth round (177th overall) ... Placed Aug. 20 on Reserve/Injured, due to knee injury (torn ACL) suffered during training camp.

IT HASN’T BEEN CLOSE: Jones not only has led the Bengals in tackles for two straight years, he has led by runaway margins. In 2009, his 142 stops (based on coaches’ tape analysis) were 41 more than LB Keith Rivers, who was second at 101. In 2008, Jones’s 163 tackles were good for a margin of 51 over LB Brandon Johnson. The 51-tackle margin stands as the largest by a Bengals tackling leader during coach Marvin Lewis’s tenure (2003-09).

WIDE WORLD OF DHANI: Prior to 2009, Jones had already earned off-field recognition as an entrepreneur (Five Star Bow Ties), media personality (NFL Network and ESPN2), musician (saxophone, bass) and travel enthusiast. He has gone a step further the last two offseasons, combining many of his favorite elements as the star of the TV show “Dhani Tackles the Globe” on the Travel Channel. On the show, he has immersed himself in learning new sports while also taking in the culture of different nations. “I like travel and sports, and this is a nice balance between the two,” Jones says. “And all of it has aided me in becoming a better athlete.” Jones’s endeavors have included Muay Thai fighting in Thailand, dragon-boat racing in Singapore, rugby in England, and a climb to within a mile of the Mt. Everest summit.

COLLEGE: Earned All-Big Ten honors during each of his three seasons as a starter (1997-99) at Michigan ... Finished second on team as a senior with 81 tackles ... Had six sacks as a sophomore.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Potomac, Md. … Attended Winston Churchill High School, where he was inducted into school Hall of Fame after starring in football, wrestling and track … Active in community service, he was Giants 2002 nominee for NFL Man of the Year, and he received Eagles 2004 Community Hero Award … First name, pronounced “duh-HAH-nee,” means “thinking man” in the Hindi language.

 

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