Bypassed by analysts and skeptics, the Eagles Special Teams was abysmal in 2012. One can understand, then, why Howie Roseman sough out an upgrade.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced the signing of All-Pro punter Donnie Jones Monday. Jones spent 2012 with Houston, averaging 47 yards per punt on 88 kicks. Before last year, Jones spent several successful seasons with the St. Louis Rams.
Eagles’ GM Howie Roseman has coveted Jones for many years. Jones is a consistent punter who can boom a long punt, pinning back the opponent. “Donnie Jones is a guy that we have admired over the last several years.”
“He has one of the strongest legs in the entire NFL and we’re excited we had a chance to sign him. We watched a lot of tape on him and he’s coming off a very good season with Houston. We feel he’ll add a good element to our special teams units.”
The Eagles could be looking at another Special Teams ace. Cowboys’ LB Victor Butler is scheduled to visit NovaCare Tuesday. Butler can play ILB and OLB, and boosts any coverage unit he plays on.
Chip Kelly is searching for pieces to his puzzle. He is pullinh out all the stops, exploring all avenues of improvement. Every detail will count when the regular season opens up this September.