The Seattle Seahawks were forced to plug backup tackle Jamarco Jones in at right guard in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams after veteran D.J. Fluker went down with a hamstring injury.
Jones was not only tasked with playing a brand new position in his first NFL action, he had to line up across from All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Jones not only impressed in that game, he looked even better in Week 6 against the Browns, proving that his performance was not a fluke and making himself an immensely valuable member of this Seattle offense.
“I’m thrilled he was able to jump in last week and play like that and come back the next week,” coach Pete Carroll commented on Wednesday. “I was really interested to see how he would come back and he played better, cleaner this week. It’s a really good statement. We’re really thrilled about that because he’s got the flexibility to play some different spots. We have really high hopes he’s going to be a factor.”
Jones, a 2018 fifth-round pick out of Ohio State, missed his entire rookie season with an ankle injury.
He has primarily played left tackle in his career, but his added flexibility makes him an important piece of this offensive line, which has dealt with injuries to Fluker, Duane Brown and Ethan Pocic, who was placed on the injured reserve last week.
Fluker could return this week against the Ravens, but Jones has proven he’s more than capable of filling in, if necessary.