PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When the Eagles punter is becoming a well-known, popular player, things are either going very well for the team, or very poorly. Thankfully for Donnie Jones and the rest of the team, in this case the reason is the former rather than the latter.
Jones has been an asset for the Eagles this year, and never more than he was on Sunday in the 24-21 win over the Cardinals. Six of Jones’ seven punts planted Arizona behind their own 20 yard line. With the offense struggling in the second half, forcing Carson Palmer to drive the length of the field proved to be important.
Howie Roseman said before the season that Jones was a player he had always coveted. A comment that seemed laughable at the time to be about a punter, but now seems prophetic.
“You know what, I really don’t know nor do I care [what happened in Houston],” Jones told 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the WIP Morning Show on Tuesday about his exit from the Texans. “I’m glad things worked out the way they did because there’s no place I’d rather be than here in Philadelphia. I’ve moved on from last year and I’m glad I’m here playing for the Eagles and I look forward to getting back to work this week and going out and trying to have another great game against the Lions.”
Jones is second in the NFL with punts inside the opponents 20 yard line with 31, and sixth in net yardage with 41.9 yards per kick. He’s glad to be here, and the city is glad to have him.
“I would say, by far of all the places I have played, this is the most passionate,” Jones said. “You can see it—on game day I take the first bus. The fans are out in the parking lot, they don’t know it’s our buses so they’re yelling at us. They think we’re the opposing team. In the stadium too, they are a very passionate group and this is a football town. Some of the places I have played, especially St. Louis—big baseball town, but here it’s football. To have the opportunity to play up here for a storied program is awesome. Like I said, I’m just glad I had the opportunity to come here and I’m just trying to make the most of the opportunity I was given.”