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HOU-TEX
03-29-2012, 10:32 AM
Championship!!! Our first FA!

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Former Rams P Donnie Jones agrees to terms with the Texans, per league source.

Per Twitter

MistaRed
03-29-2012, 10:33 AM
Championship.

Blake
03-29-2012, 10:35 AM
Donnie Jones
#5 P
St. Louis Rams | Official Team Site
Height: 6-2 Weight: 220 Age: 31
Born: 7/5/1980 Baton Rouge , LA
College: LSU
Experience: 8th season
High School: Baton Rouge Catholic HS [LA]

PUNTS - 105
AVG - 44.3
LNG - 65
IN 20 - 29

He is also known as Thunder Foot.

HOU-TEX
03-29-2012, 10:41 AM
Hmm, I did some brief research and it turns out he's actually pretty good. lol.

I was going to send my Mom out for a tryout if Turk was coming back.

SCOTTexans
03-29-2012, 10:44 AM
There goes all our compensatory picks for next yr..... :tomato:

Guess hitman will be missing most of the season, sad to hear he had some heart

Quick II Draw
03-29-2012, 10:48 AM
Dude is money in Madden

badboy
03-29-2012, 10:52 AM
small positive steps. Reminds me of Daryl Morey & Rockets.

aussie_texan
03-29-2012, 11:00 AM
Dude is money in Madden

Who punts in madden :throwball:

Vinny
03-29-2012, 11:01 AM
how much can this guy leg press? If he has long legs I bet he can't do squat!

Vinny
03-29-2012, 11:01 AM
Who punts in madden :throwball:
the winners

ArlingtonTexan
03-29-2012, 11:06 AM
Hmm, I did some brief research and it turns out he's actually pretty good. lol.

I was going to send my Mom out for a tryout if Turk was coming back.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/29/source-texans-do-on-year-deal-with-donnie-jones/

aussie_texan
03-29-2012, 11:10 AM
the winners

Hmmm touché

HOU-TEX
03-29-2012, 11:12 AM
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/29/source-texans-do-on-year-deal-with-donnie-jones/

He did have a bad year last year. He's been top 5 from 07-10. Wonder what happened...

GP
03-29-2012, 11:18 AM
He did have a bad year last year. He's been top 5 from 07-10. Wonder what happened...

Leg probably got tired.

Rams were punting every 2 or 3 minutes, I would imagine.

Seriously though, I don't know.

Just glad we aren't heading into OTAs or camp without a punter signed. Now we need to wrap up a kicker, then draft Jacoby Jones' replacement and I'll be happy with Special Teams again.

Dutchrudder
03-29-2012, 11:22 AM
I sure hope that is for minimum money. I want to keep those comp picks next year! Plus, we still have Hartman on the roster, so this guy may only play the first 3 games, unless he beats him out in camp.

ckhouston
03-29-2012, 11:25 AM
Who said we weren't going to be active in free agency?!!!

Vinny
03-29-2012, 11:26 AM
rumor has it we may be the high bidder for a top long snapper as well... FINGERS CROSSED!

ckhouston
03-29-2012, 11:28 AM
rumor has it we may be the high bidder for a top long snapper as well... FINGERS CROSSED!

Wasn't that our first free agent signing? Our long-snapper?

http://www.scout.com/a.z?s=143&p=9&c=2&cid=1164728&nid=5932835&fhn=1

Vinny
03-29-2012, 11:41 AM
Wasn't that our first free agent signing? Our long-snapper?buzzkill...I'm gonna go make some more coffee.

Vinny
03-29-2012, 11:53 AM
per twitter (link in my sig)

John McClain ‏ @McClain_on_NFL Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Donnie jones gets $65 grand to sign and base salary of $825,000.

Texan_Bill
03-29-2012, 12:00 PM
From the "Fake Jon Weeks":

John Weeks ‏ @Longsnap46
@SeanCablinasian I'd like to personally welcome Donnie Jones to the team. Look forward to bending over in front of him for many years 2 come

ChampionTexan
03-29-2012, 12:01 PM
per twitter (link in my sig)

John McClain ‏ @McClain_on_NFL Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Donnie jones gets $65 grand to sign and base salary of $825,000.

$825,000 is the minimum salary for a player with 7-9 years in the league (Jones currently has 8 seasons).

cdollaz
03-29-2012, 12:02 PM
http://images.wikia.com/mynameisearl/images/5/51/DonnyJones.jpg

badboy
03-29-2012, 12:14 PM
http://images.wikia.com/mynameisearl/images/5/51/DonnyJones.jpgNope that's a werewolf.

Ryan
03-29-2012, 12:15 PM
From the "Fake Jon Weeks":

:kubepalm:

Playoffs
03-29-2012, 01:25 PM
We're baaack! :doot:

Cjeremy635
03-29-2012, 01:33 PM
I didn't know Dhani Jones was a punter too? I always liked the "Bow Tie Guy".

http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Dhani+Jones+Presents+Exclusive+Viewing+Party+U_Och K1h7tvl.jpg


Ohh.....you said Donnie Jones. :bat:

Dutchrudder
03-29-2012, 02:04 PM
per twitter (link in my sig)

John McClain ‏ @McClain_on_NFL Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Donnie jones gets $65 grand to sign and base salary of $825,000.

Good deal. Minimal risk, could beat out Hartman in camp, and it doesn't effect our compensatory pick status!

GP
03-29-2012, 02:34 PM
We have James Casey, a.k.a Thor.

Now we have punter nicknamed Thunder Foot.

We're on the verge of needing to transform Reliant into a League of Justice headquarters.

:kubepalm:

SCOTTexans
03-29-2012, 03:55 PM
We have James Casey, a.k.a Thor.

Now we have punter nicknamed Thunder Foot.

We're on the verge of needing to transform Reliant into a League of Justice headquarters.

:kubepalm:

Also they just signed a new waterboy whose nicknamed Aquaman...:pirate:

Lucky
03-29-2012, 05:56 PM
Good deal. Minimal risk, could beat out Hartman in camp, and it doesn't effect our compensatory pick status!
Right, Jones won't make enough to be a qualifying free agent. And they should just cut Hartmann. He'll have to serve a suspension to begin the season, anyway.

EllisUnit
03-29-2012, 06:05 PM
WE DONT NEED A PUNTER THIS IS B.S

all we have to do is score everytime we get the ball, come on R. Smith u dumb ass :truck:

PapaL
03-29-2012, 06:13 PM
No one is asking the important question...Can he tackle?!? Our kickers and punters gotta bring the wood...then kick.

GP
03-29-2012, 07:03 PM
Right, Jones won't make enough to be a qualifying free agent. And they should just cut Hartmann. He'll have to serve a suspension to begin the season, anyway.

I'm in agreement.

Would the Texans be unable, legally, to cut a player who is set to serve a suspension? I mean...that's the first thing I think of due to our overly litigious society.

CloakNNNdagger
03-29-2012, 07:33 PM
Little do people know, the Texans don't intend for him to do the punting. They intend to use him as Schaub's stunt double, if Schaub returns.

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/nfl/players/full/5749.png&w=350&h=254

Thorn
03-29-2012, 09:31 PM
Little do people know, the Texans don't intend for him to do the punting. They intend to use him as Schaub's stunt double, if Schaub returns.

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/nfl/players/full/5749.png&w=350&h=254

This is a major revelation. I think we all need another beer to comprehend this.

utahmark
03-29-2012, 09:34 PM
Little do people know, the Texans don't intend for him to do the punting. They intend to use him as Schaub's stunt double, if Schaub returns.

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/nfl/players/full/5749.png&w=350&h=254

Maybe he can take all of our qb sneaks from now on.

Texan_Bill
03-29-2012, 09:35 PM
WE DONT NEED A PUNTER THIS IS B.S

all we have to do is score everytime we get the ball, come on R. Smith u dumb ass :truck:

:clap: SWEET!!!!!

While that sounds good in theory, Hitman is suspended for a few games. We need someone, JIC we need to make a very rare punt.. :D

TheMatrix31
03-30-2012, 02:31 AM
I am absolutely thrilled at this. Special teams should NEVER lose a team a game. Field position is arguably the most crucial thing in any given game. Always top 2 or 3 issue. Turnovers another.

Playoffs
03-31-2012, 03:00 PM
ProFootballFocus's punter rankings for 2011:

T12 Donnie Jones

27 Brett Hartmann

31 Brad Maynard
32 Matt Turk

Jones was 6th in 2010 and 7th in 2009.

He led the league in attempts last year.

On his drop in production last year, Jones said, (http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/jones-is-sorry-rams-let-him-go/article_af8e257d-70bf-55af-8159-bf0ffe6af28d.html) "They're looking for a way, I mean, we're trying to win games. They wanted every ball punted out of bounds. They basically didn't want a punt return to cost us another game. That's totally understandable. It's just a difficult task every time you get in there to punt the ball out of bounds, and still get a good yardage out of it."

CloakNNNdagger
03-31-2012, 05:05 PM
ProFootballFocus's punter rankings for 2011:

T12 Donnie Jones

27 Brett Hartmann

31 Brad Maynard
32 Matt Turk

Jones was 6th in 2010 and 7th in 2009.

He led the league in attempts last year.

On his drop in production last year, Jones said, (http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/jones-is-sorry-rams-let-him-go/article_af8e257d-70bf-55af-8159-bf0ffe6af28d.html) "They're looking for a way, I mean, we're trying to win games. They wanted every ball punted out of bounds. They basically didn't want a punt return to cost us another game. That's totally understandable. It's just a difficult task every time you get in there to punt the ball out of bounds, and still get a good yardage out of it."

Thanks for the post.

But things went awry in 2011, with the Rams allowing two touchdowns on punt returns (both to Arizona's Patrick Peterson) and Jones' net average dropping to 37.0, his lowest net since 2006 in Miami.




It's important to realize, though, that the long punt returns mentioned in the article were entirely due to the Rams' swiss cheese coverage team.





Rams lose on 99-yard punt return in OT (http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/rams-report/bradford-s-back-rams-tied---in-second-quarter/article_7e07ad7e-08b3-11e1-9d0d-0019bb30f31a.html#ixzz1qjHQVqr1)
BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Sunday, November 6, 2011 5:15 pm

GLENDALE, ARIZ. -- So much for what the Rams accomplished last week against New Orleans. So much for any November momentum.

It all vanished into the desert evening at University of Phoenix Stadium with Arizona's Patrick Peterson twisting and turning 99 yards through the Rams coverage team for his third punt return touchdown of the season to defeat the Rams 19-13 in overtime.


The other of the 2 long punt returns by Peterson mentioned in the article was a 45 yder.........that was again poorly covered, resulting in an 80 yd TD.

Cardinals and Peterson Burn Rams Again
Posted on November 28, 2011

For the second time in 21 days the St. Louis Rams found a way to lose to a bad Arizona Cardinals football team. The loss drops the Rams to 2-9 for the season. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo’s hot seat should now resemble The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Once again the coaching decisions during the game were flat out bewildering. In the first contest the Rams decided to go for 4th and 1 instead of attempting a 50 yard field goal with 1:41 to play. The Rams then had a 42 yard field goal blocked as time expired. Then in over time the Rams punted to lightning quick Patrick Peterson who returned it 99 yards for the game winning touchdown.

Flash forward to Sunday when Spagnuolo was once again at his best. The Rams who had 1st and goal from the three yard line turned the opportunity into 2nd and goal from the 17 and let 31 seconds run off the clock as coach Spagnuolo said their was some disarray! The Rams ended up kicking a field goal on 3rd down to take a 10-3 lead into half time.

Midway through the 3rd quarter Donnie Jones punts the ball straight down the middle of the field to Patrick Peterson who once again burned the Rams with an 80 yard touchdown return to put the Cardinals up 20-10. Spagnuolo in the press conference said the plan was to not kick it down the middle and that Donnie Jones miss hit it. Spags take some blame for something, before this game even started you should have already told the special teams coach and Donnie Jones that each and every punt better go out of bounds, you are to blame. There was no miss hit the ball was a beautiful 45 yard spiral down the middle of the field. Jones punted seven times during the game and only one was out of bounds. link (http://stlouisramfan.com/rams_blog/category/patrick-peterson-punt-return/)

I believe we may have a keeper.

CloakNNNdagger
03-31-2012, 11:03 PM
Dug up this other interesting stat on our new punter.

Jones has a rare blocked punt (http://www.kmov.com/sports/football/headlines/Jones-has-a-rare-blocked-punt-135481858.html)
FootballStL

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 9:19 PM


(FootballStL) -- You have heard it before, but another St. Louis Rams opponent scores a touchdown in a punting situation. This time it was a touchdown scored on a rare blocked punt rather than on a long punt return from an elusive returner (see Patrick Peterson).

So how rare is it for punter Donnie Jones to have a blocked punt? Well, it was the first time in 425 punts since Jones joined the Rams in 2007.

Jones has had only three punts blocked in 115 career games. Jones has also recently been battling an ankle injury that limited him in practice a couple of weeks ago.

Playoffs
04-01-2012, 12:56 AM
Dug up this other interesting stat on our new punter.
Definite upgrade. :wild:

ckhouston
04-03-2012, 12:15 PM
Kicks with his left leg ... doesn't that put an opposite spin on the ball and make it possibly more difficult to catch?

Dutchrudder
04-03-2012, 12:20 PM
Kicks with his left leg ... doesn't that put an opposite spin on the ball and make it possibly more difficult to catch?

That is the case with QBs, but I don't know that it is with punters.

CloakNNNdagger
04-03-2012, 10:49 PM
Kicks with his left leg ... doesn't that put an opposite spin on the ball and make it possibly more difficult to catch?

That is the case with QBs, but I don't know that it is with punters.

Probably is.

Lefty LSU punter messes with minds of returners (http://dailybamablog.com/2012/01/02/lefty-lsu-punter-messes-with-minds-of-returners/)Posted on January 2, 2012

Brad Wing made his impression in the first Alabama-LSU game with a few clutch punts on Nov. 5. See what makes his style different than others in today’s print story:

TUSCALOOSA — The weather was just right for fielding punts Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

The wind and temperature mimicked the Superdome atmosphere Alabama will encounter in the Jan. 9 BCS title game with LSU. Just one thing was missing.

There just isn’t a punter around who can boot it like LSU freshman Brad Wing. It’s not just the length, but the English the Australian-born player puts on the ball that makes him unlike anyone else Alabama faces. Like a southpaw on a pitching mound, the left-footed Wing does something different to the ball every time he kicks it.

“Hard to simulate,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “And he also can do what we call the Aussie kick where he drops the nose of the ball and kicks it in the red zone. He’s awfully good at that. He hit a couple of those on us in the first game.”

If it weren’t for LSU kicker Drew Alleman making three field goals, Wing could’ve been the most important player in the Tigers’ 9-6 overtime win at Alabama on Nov. 5. Four of his six punts landed inside the 20, including two inside the 5.

A 22-yard shank and short field kept his average punt to 38.2, but explosive Alabama returner Marquis Maze didn’t gain a single yard that night. A 73-yarder sailed over Maze’s head in the fourth quarter, quelling Alabama’s shot at scoring the go-ahead points before overtime.

The left-footed kick puts a different spin on the ball, sending it counterclockwise and fading to the left.