The last time Donnie Jones was on an NFL football field, he was celebrating his team winning the Super Bowl. He retired, ready to enjoy his post-football life, but soon decided he wanted to get out there and kick footballs again.
However, as strange as it sounds, his main job on this team will be making sure the field-goal operation runs smoothly. Earlier in the week, the Chargers chose to release Drew Kaser, not because he was punting the ball ooorly, but because he is being named the scapegoat for the fact that this team can’t kick field goals and extra points.
Jones will be the new holder for Caleb Sturgis so Chargers fans can only hope that is going to make the kicks magically start going through the uprights. Who knows, maybe it will. For what it’s worth, Jones was the holder when Sturgis was with the Philadelphia Eagles, so the Chargers are looking to provide their kicker with some familiarity.
If you’re interested in Jones as a punter, he has kicked in the league for five different teams across 14 seasons. He’s averaged 45.5 yards per punt for his career and was fortunate enough to be part of teams that won the Super Bowl and the BCS National Championship while he was in college at LSU.
There is no doubt that the Chargers are getting an experienced punter but he will have to make a difference in the field-goal kicking game because if Sturgis misses one field goal or extra point in this game, Kaser will likely be able to hear all of the boos whereever he’s at on this Sunday.