New Eagles Punter Donnie Jones Is Not a Football Player, Reflects on Tackling DeSean Jackson

New Eagles Punter Donnie Jones Is Not a Football Player, Reflects on Tackling DeSean Jackson

The Eagles addressed one of the most concerning aspects of
their roster on Monday: the punter. Yes, Philadelphia’s punter carousel
continued with the release of Mat McBriar, who was replaced by former Houston
Texan Donnie Jones, the club’s third new punter in as many years.

While we’re all relieved that the punting situation is in
good hands until the next time it isn’t – training camp is a safe bet – Jones wants
his teammates to know something that we all do already. Punters are not
football players.

Jones can punt the hell out of the ball, as evidenced by his
two second-team All-Pro honors while with the St. Louis Rams in ’08 and ’09,
but he doesn’t get down with all of that other football stuff. You know hitting,
running, getting grass stains on his uniform – those sorts of thing. He said as
much to the Houston media last season
when he made a touchdown-saving “tackle” on
Wes Welker against the New England Patriots.

“I told [my teammates], I said,
‘Look, you guys are NFL football players, I’m not.’ So when I get a little
bruise or something, it is what it is. I know my role. But it’s all in good
fun.”

That conversation with reporters back in December prompted
further reminiscing about the time he "hauled" DeSean Jackson out of bounds. Technically it's a tackle. Bet he’ll
tell this one to the grandkids all the time.

 “Yeah, I mean I’m not an actual NFL ‘football’
player,” Jones said. “I mean, come on. We know our roles. I had the same type
thing in 2008. I had to push DeSean Jackson out of bounds. Somehow I chased him
down, don’t know how I did it, and I fell and my knee blew up. Every now and
then you get one. We’re punters and kickers. We’re a different breed.”

So even though Donnie Jones is suiting up for his fifth NFL
team in 10 seasons, he’s not a football player you guys – but you already knew
that. Hell, punters aren’t even people, am I right?

>> Donnie Jones' stats [NFL.com]

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Best of NHL: Maple Leafs hand Kings 1st regulation loss of season

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Best of NHL: Maple Leafs hand Kings 1st regulation loss of season

TORONTO -- Frederik Andersen made 36 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Los Angeles Kings their first regulation loss of the season with a 3-2 victory on Monday night.

Matt Martin, Tyler Bozak and Patrick Marleau scored for the Maple Leafs (7-2-0). Mitch Marner added two assists.

Toronto has won at least seven of its first nine games for the first time since the 1993-94 season and just the seventh time overall in franchise history.

Adrian Kempe and Trevor Lewis scored for Los Angeles (6-1-1), which had won four in a row. Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots.

Toronto defenseman Roman Polak made his season debut after signing a $1.1 million, one-year deal on Sunday. He had one assist and played 12-plus minutes (see full recap).

Couture, Jones lead Sharks past struggling Rangers
NEW YORK -- Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones stopped 33 shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the struggling New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night.

Tim Heed, Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games. Jones got his fourth straight win after losing his first two starts.

Mika Zibanejad scored and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 20 saves for the Rangers, who fell to 2-6-2 on the season. New York finished 0 for 6 on the power play and is 3 for 25 over the last six games.

With the Sharks leading 3-0 after two periods, Couture took the puck away from Lundqvist behind the goal and sent it to Karlsson, who put it in for his second of the season at 2:51 of the third. Couture got his 200th career assist on the play.

San Jose turned the puck over in its defensive zone and Zibanejad snapped a shot into the top right corner to spoil Jones' shutout bid at 4:23 of the final period (see full recap).