Texans happy to see Jones’ success with Pats

Texans happy to see Jones’ success with Pats
November 28, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Chris Jones ended up being a really good Texans’ draft pick … for the Patriots.

The Texans took the defensive lineman from Bowling Green in the sixth round of the draft but cut him at final cuts. After a short stint with the Bucs, Jones has found a home with the Patriots, who are in town this weekend.

“We picked him. I thought it was a good pick at the time and obviously he was,” Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “We’ve got a lot of good players on our front defensive line. But I think he’s done a lot. I’m glad for him. He’s a hard-worker. I’m glad he’s done well.”

In eight games (six starts) the 6-2, 306-pound lineman has five sacks. Only two Texans (J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus) have more.

“Yeah, I’m happy for him,” said backup defensive end Jared Crick. “Obviously, I hope he doesn’t do as well this weekend but it’s good to see. He’s a good kid and played hard and it’s always good to see someone have success in other places.”

The Texans elected to keep six defensive linemen and Jones wasn’t one of them. The last two spots went to Terrell McClain and Tim Jamison, who plays very sparingly. In New England, Jones has gotten an opportunity because of some injuries and has played very well.

Jones was raw when he arrived to Houston but showed skill. He did miss some training camp time because of a calf injury, which Crick said made it harder to evaluate him. But Crick said Jones knew his stuff and was a very hard worker.

“He’s a fine player,” Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. “We thought he was a fine player when he was here and he certainly has performed. He’s made some plays, he’s gotten to the quarterback. He’s done a lot of good things.”