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Can Steelers Jarron Jones overcome his unconventional path to make the NFL?

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Breaking down every player one-by-one alphabetically on the Steelers current 90-man roster

Tampa Bay Vipers v New York Guardians Photo by Rob Tringali/XFL via Getty Images

We are onto part 47 of our 90-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.

Let’s take a look at a defensive lineman turned offensive lineman turned XFLer:

Jarron Jones

Position: OT
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 316 lbs
College: Notre Dame
Draft: UDFA in 2017 (Giants)


2019 stats (XFL)

5 Games Played
5 Starts


Contract remaining

Expires in 2021
$610,000 salary cap number (0.30% of total cap)
$0 Dead money
$610,000 Savings if cut


Likelihood of making the roster

None. Jarron Jones is in a really tough spot heading into 2020. The length of his tryout with the Steelers is rapidly shrinking due to Covid-19, and the Steelers have a load of incumbent players that this coaching staff will probably defiantly favor in the current situation. The Steelers offensive line depth chart probably runs as followed:

LT Alejandro Villanueva, Chukwuma Okorafor
LG Matt Feiler, Stefen Wisniewski, Kevin Dotson
C Maurkice Pouncey, Wisniewski
RG David DeCastro, Wisniewski
RT Zach Banner, Chuks Okorafor

Which would account for 8 spots the line will have to carry for 2020. To carry another player would be because they stood out far above the rest, so making this team won't be easy.


2020 projection

Jarron Jones is out of practice squad availability and it appears his only way to stick in the NFL is to play so well in the preseason another team signs him to the main roster. Otherwise, Jones could be an easy cut.


Projected stats:

N/A —Cut


Summary

The Steelers offensive line has been one of the best units in the NFL for the better part of the last decade. They’ve been a well-oiled unit that is slowly growing. The Steelers do a great job of finding UDFA talent on the line, and while this might not be one of those times, I love that the Steelers chased after the ex-XFL guys in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough.


Previously Highlighted

Ola Adeniyi
Marcus Allen
Tyson Alualu
Trajan Bandy
Zach Banner
J.T. Barrett
John Battle
Jordan Berry
Saeed Blacknall
Breon Borders
Chris Boswell
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Isaiah Buggs
Devin Bush
Deon Cain
Kam Canaday
Chase Claypool
Josiah Coatney
James Conner
Anthony Coyle
Jordan Dangerfield
Amara Darboh
Carlos Davis
David DeCastro
Christian DiLauro
Kevin Dotson
Bud Dupree
Eric Ebron
Terrell Edmunds
Trey Edmunds
Matt Feiler
Minkah Fitzpatrick
Zach Gentry
Ulysees Gilbert III
Derwin Gray
Joe Haden
J.C. Hassenauer
Quadree Henderson
Dewayne Hendrix
Cam Heyward
Alex Highsmith
Mike Hilton
Devlin Hodges
John Houston
Anthony Johnson
Diontae Johnson