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With Baltimore’s first mandatory minicamp scheduled for this weekend, expect Edgar Jones to take the field at outside linebacker, just over a month after it was thought Jones was moving from tight end to fullback.
Jones, who first entered the NFL as a pass-rushing specialist in 2007 – the only rookie free agent to make the active roster that year – will be back in a familiar position.
“It’s the same position that I came in as, so it’s kind of like riding a bike,” said Jones, who will trade in his No. 84 jersey for No. 48. “A lot of guys are one-dimensional, but I’ve been blessed enough to be able to contribute on offense, defense and special teams.
“I’m willing to do whatever I can around here, so I don’t mind if they put me in different positions.”
Jones’ switch comes not two months after news broke that he was being molded into a hybrid tight end/fullback. And considering the Ravens recently waived backup fullback Charles Ali, there seems to be a depth issue behind incumbent Le’Ron McClain.
As a linebacker/defensive end, the 6-foot-3, 258-pounder hopes to stay fresh in both playbooks in case the Ravens need him on offense again, perfect for a team that values versatility.
“The [coaches] said, ‘Hey, don’t be surprised if we call on you to go back [on offense] for a couple of reps,’” Jones laughed.
But, regardless of who substitutes at fullback or where Jones lines up, the Southeast Missouri State product knows his main duty will be special teams.
Last year, Jones finished fourth on the team with a career-high 19 special teams tackles.
The biggest change for Jones will be working under Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison. Jones’ previous stint on defense came in 2007, when Mattison was a coordinator at the University of Florida.
“Some things are different, as far as what coach Mattison is doing with the defense now, but he is great with the guys and I’ve talked to him about it,” Jones explained. “I’m not worried. The position has the same types of things I have to do, like get to the quarterback, and special teams will be big for me.”