The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that they have signed defensive back Don Jones to a two-year deal.
Jones (5-11, 195), a four-year veteran, has played in 56 games and registered 37 special teams tackles and one forced fumble on special teams. In 2016, he played in nine games for the Houston Texans and tied for the team lead with 11 special teams tackle
Jones was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
After registering 11 special teams tackles as a rookie in 2013, he was waived on August 31, 2014 and claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots on September 1, 2014. He played in 9 games with the Patriots before being waived on November 27, 2014, and was claimed off waivers by the Dolphins the following day. In 2014, Jones played in 13 total games (nine with New England and four with Miami) and registered 11 special teams tackles.
In 2015, Jones split time with the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns and finished with four special teams tackles. Last season, he played in four games with the Browns before being released on October 4. Jones later signed with the Houston Texans on October 19 and appeared in the final nine games of the regular season and both postseason contests.
A 26-year-old native of Town Creek, AL, Jones played collegiately at Arkansas State University for three seasons (2009, 2011-12) in addition to one season (2010) at Mississippi Gulf Coast (Perkinston, MS) Community College. As a senior at Arkansas State, Jones registered 74 tackles and one interception.
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Trent Taylor will sport a new look this season for the 49ers.
The wide receiver has switched his jersey to No. 15, he announced Thursday on his Instagram.
Taylor had a strong rookie season in 2017 as the team's primarly slot receiver, catching 43 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. But after undergoing offseason back surgery, Taylor struggled last season with just 26 catches for 215 yards and one touchdown. Taylor wore No. 5 during his college career at Louisiana Tech.
He takes over the uniform number Pierre Garçon wore the past two seasons. The 49ers declined the option on Garçon’s contract this month, and he remains unsigned as a free agent.
Taylor previously wore No. 81. That likely means new 49ers receiver Jordan Matthews will take over the jersey number he wore during his first three NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Matthews had his best three seasons with the Eagles, with 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns while wearing No. 81.
He wore No. 87 in his one season with the Buffalo Bills in 2017, and No. 80 upon his return to Philadelphia last season. The 49ers have retired those numbers, forever belonging to Dwight Clark and Jerry Rice, respectively.
With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo playing in only three games in 2018, Richie James Jr. didn't have a great opportunity to showcase his skills during his rookie campaign.
But the 23-year-old showed off his ability to catch the deep ball Thursday when he was spotted working out with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.
James had a quiet rookie campaign, catching nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, while showcasing some promise as a return man.
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The 49ers could use another weapon at wide receiver, so perhaps the Middle Tennessee State product could emerge as a deep threat for Jimmy G in 2019.
While we probably shouldn't read too much into a March workout video, it's hard to deny James looked good hauling in the effortless deep ball from Mahomes.