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Packers to release Josh Jones

The Green Bay Packers roster has changed quite a bit since GM Brian Gutekunst took over. He’s made changes on both sides of the ball leaving some players with lesser roles. One of those guys is safety Josh Jones.

The Packers signed former Chicago Bears’ safety Adrian Amos in free agency and traded up to draft safety Darnell Savage out of Maryland.

Jones had asked to be traded but it appears the Packers were unable to find a partner. Jones sent a tweet out Sunday morning saying the Packers informed him of his release.

Green Bay drafted Jones in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons he made 12 starts in 29 games. The 24-year old is “likely” to be claimed off waivers according to Adam Schefter. Jones will become a free agent if he isn’t claimed.

Ty Montgomery, Josh Jones left Tuesday’s practice with injuries

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Two key members of the Green Bay Packers left Tuesday’s practice with lower leg injuries — running back Ty Montgomery and safety Josh Jones.

Montgomery was looking ahead to his first full season as a running back after making the position change from wide receiver midway through the 2016 campaign. Instead, he’s now focused on his health after coming up gimp with a lower leg injury. As Acme Packing Company writer Paul Noonan writes, the vague description of that injury could be cause for concern. But Packers beat writer Ryan Wood offered a bit of good news for Packer fans:

Montgomery endured a complicated ankle injury his rookie year in 2015 which required major surgery, cutting his season short.

Rookie safety Josh Jones was also injured in Tuesday’s practice, leaving on a cart while nursing his ankle.

The injury to Jones adds to a banged up secondary. Damarious Randall and Marwin Evans were both treated for concussions in Thursday’s preseason win over the Eagles. Randall has since been ruled out for Saturday’s preseason game with the Redskins.

Receiver Malachi Dupre (concussion) and center Don Barclay (ankle) have also been ruled out for the game in Washington, D.C.

Josh Jones carted off the practice field, Packers not concerned

According to a report by Green Bay Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky, Josh Jones limped off the practice field Tuesday. It appeared that Jones turned his right ankle on the play and was in pain.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that Jones didn’t turn his ankle, but rather had his foot stepped on during yesterday’s practice.

He made it to the cart where he sat and had a large ice pack on his ankle. He stayed at practice long enough to ice his ankle, but ended up leaving practice on a cart shortly there after.

The Packers coaches don’t seem too worried about Josh Jones or his injured ankle. Most likely Jones has a minor ankle sprain. Hopefully the team can stay healthy until their next preseason game on Saturday against the Washington Redskins.


Packers reach deal with rookie S Josh Jones

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers announced on Friday that they’d signed rookie safety Josh Jones to his four-year contract, although details of that contract weren’t made public.

It’s expected that his deal is worth somewhere in the $4.23 million range based on where he was selected in the NFL Draft — 61st overall. The Packers noted his versatility as a big reason why they drafted the redshirt junior out of North Carolina State. During rookie orientation, Jones was also getting work at inside linebacker where he could see additional time on game days.

Jones recently fired his sports agent, First Round Management, and went with Drew Rosenhaus as his representative as he worked towards a contract agreement with Green Bay.

Packers select S Josh Jones with 61st overall pick

PHILADELPHIA — The Green Bay Packers addressed the defense again with the 61st overall pick in the NFL Draft, North Carolina State safety Josh Jones.

Jones was listed as the second-best player remaining, according to the big board. As a redshirt junior for the Wolfpack, Jones was an honorable mention All-ACC performer and the team’s leading tackler. Jones’ 62 total tackles ranked ninth in the conference.

The NC State product spoke with local reporters via teleconference, revealing a secret source of his motivation heading into his last year with the Wolfpack.

“Every player has something to work on. I just want to as soon as I can, work with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, he’s a proven veteran in this game. I’ve been watching Ha Ha a lot,” Jones said. “I’ve been watching highlights a lot. He gives me a lot of motivation the way he plays. I’m so excited I get the opportunity to play with a guy like that.”

Jones transitioned from a strong safety position to the free safety role in 2016. He earned the DeWayne Washington Award for Most Valuable defensive back after making the move.

With the secondary seemingly bolstered thanks to the two round-two draft picks, Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst said it wasn’t a slight at the current defensive backs on roster.