That’s Mr. Howard Jones

October 11th, 2015
New Bucs defensive lineman Howard Jones dropped a deuce on the Jaguars. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

New Bucs defensive lineman Howard Jones dropped a deuce on the Jaguars. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

When it comes to defensive linemen walking the streets, the Bucs’ scouting department has found some gold nuggets in the dirt.

Today, undrafted in 2014 Howard Jones, seeing his first NFL action out of Division II Shepherd University, just promoted from the Bucs’ practice squad, had two sacks of Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles in Tampa Bay’s big home win.

Joe can’t confirm, but word around the Bucs’ locker room was that Jones had those sacks on his first two plays of the game. The first sack came in the opening series, Bortles’ first dropback of the game.

Jones was on the Steelers’ practice squad last year, and the Bucs scooped him up in September.

Soft spoken Jones didn’t have much to say in the locker room, and said he’s just been trying to fit in with his new teammates and answer the bell when he gets a chance.

Coach just said, “Go play fast.” So I played fast,” Jones said.

Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David praised Jones so how hard he’s been working on the scout team. The Bucs’ offensive linemen want no part of him, McCoy said.

Last year, the Bucs snatched Jacquies Smith of the waiver wire in September, and he’s responded with 10.5 sacks and earned a starting job.

Joe’s not sure what lies ahead for Jones, but his start was damn promising.

17 Responses to “That’s Mr. Howard Jones”

  1. OneLove Says:

    I was thinking WHO THE HELL IS THIS GUY!?!?! Way to show up and play baby!!

    “It’s as simple as that” – Lovie Smith aka “It feels like i’m sitting on a chair made outta ice!!”

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Even a blind pig…..

  3. RCS Says:

    Have a good friend who coached against him in college (same conf) said that he was a beast and is a really good athlete… let’s hope he keeps getting better….

  4. JAB83 Says:

    This is what happens when you put heart and hussle next to GMC…. We can and should expect no less going forward!!!! Go game Sir!!! Great find BUCS scouts and coaches!!! Keep up the good work!!!

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    No One Is To Blame

    You can see the summit but you can’t reach it
    It’s the last piece of the puzzle but you just can’t make it fit
    Doctor says you’re cured but you still feel the pain
    Aspirations in the clouds but your hopes go down the drain

    – Howard Jones

  6. Clint Says:

    Two sacks against the Jags… basically two sacks in a minor league football game today.

    He will nary be heard from again, mark my words.

  7. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Two sacks against the Jags… basically two sacks in a minor league football game today.

    He will nary be heard from again, mark my words.”


    Thanks Clint for taking a piss in the punch. Geez, you b!tch like a fat hungry woman.

  8. ATrain Says:

    A practice guy comes in and has worked Sacks and Clint said he won’t be heard from.

    First this is a Pro game…

    Second he was on practice squad and came in first game.

    Clint suit up I want u to jump in a game ….

    Even the Jags are in PRO FOOTBALL

  9. ATrain Says:

    Bet we here Jones and Smith again

    Great Game gentleman..

    Thank McCot for taking the double teams

  10. Stevek Says:

    Howard Jones, pride of Shepherd University, my Alma mater. Way to go!

    I hope Hungry Howie gets more snaps. He is a good compliment and change of pax to Gholston.

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Kid had a good game;Proud of him. Keep riding that wave son


  12. Ed Kerber Says:

    Check out this video on YouTube:

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Ed Kerber

    Hahaha – Haven’t heard that one in a minute

  14. bucsbedabest Says:

    Howard Jones has the look of a player who will put to rest Lovie and Licht’s releasing of DE Ryan Delaire. At the 2014 NFL Combine, Jones was the top performer in four out of six categories for DE. The 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and three cone drill. scouting report says – Lean, explosive, muscular build with long arms. Intriguing athleticism. Outstanding straight-line speed and leaping ability. Explosive edge burst. Displays good balance, body control and agility as a rusher. Dips inside suddenly. Closes fast and shows striking ability. Flashes power potential. Rushing linebacker prospect who overwhelmed inferior tackles at the Division II level and has clear developmental value and upside potential. Best deployed with pinned ears and see-ball, get-ball instructions. Welcome to the Buccaneers!

  15. Matt Says:

    Yeah I remembered him from the combine . I thought he was covert coachable. He had 2 sacks today . On the d line you don’t really need elite skills with some of these other guys , just need too be big athletic and have a knack for hitting people . The rest comes easy . That’s what he did today let his guys get the hurried and when the opportunity came too him he flashed past and dominated the QB . Great job too the front 7 today . It’s a team sport the team will get more sacks and do greater things when they work together and feed off each other

  16. Jason McLaurin Says:

    He and Jac Smith are the beginning of nice things I can tell and they will profit from McCoyddouble teams trust me they both are super fast and athletic

  17. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    4.6 speed. As fast as some WR’s. That’s impressive.