A day-by-day Broncos player breakdown is something we've been doing since our days at BroncoTalk nearly a decade ago. This year the tradition continues as we look at the Denver Broncos roster heading into the 2015 season in our 90-in-90 series.
Name: Dominique Jones
Height: 6'3" Weight: 270lbs
Age: 27 Experience: 5th
Dominique Jones played at DII Shepherd University and finished his college career by grabbing 34 catches for 403 yards and 9 touchdowns as a senior.
Going undrafted nonetheless, Jones didn't want to give up his dream of playing in the NFL, so he signed on with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football league in 2011. He played for the Reading Express of the Indoor Football league in 2012 until he was signed as a UDFA by the Indianapolis Colts April 30, 2012.
Jones was released from the Colts in October and signed to its practice squad the next day. He was then released by Colts and signed to the Dolphins practice squad Oct. 24. The Dolphins released him in November and he resigned with the Colts practice squad Nov. 21. He started the 2013 season on the Colts active roster but was released in October of that year.
The Chiefs added Jones to its practice squad later that month and then moved him to the active roster in December. The Chiefs released him during the spring of 2014 and he was signed by the Bills as a camp body but did not make the final 53.
Eventually the Broncos signed Jones to its practice squad last September. He has appeared in 10 NFL games (three as a starter, all with the Colts), and he has three career catches for 42 yards, again, all with the Colts.
With six healthy players listed as TEs (or TE/FBs) currently on the 90-man roster, Jones is most likely not going to make the roster. Given his four NFL seasons, he is likely out of practice squad eligibility. So to keep living his dream of playing in the NFL, he is going to have to stick on the active roster. Jones is the largest of our TE (TE/FB) players at 270 pounds, but I have no idea if that mass translates into "+" blocking ability for him.
Virgil Green, Owen Daniels and James Casey are probably locks for the 53-man roster, meaning Jones is fighting with Marcel Jensen and Jo Don Duncan for the fourth spot because I doubt we keep five TE/FB players. According this article, Jones has experience at both TE and FB, so he fits the versatility that Gary Kubiak seems to seek in his tight ends
Jones is big at 270. He has been around enough to know what it takes to make an NFL 53-man roster. He has little or no history of injury, and he has NFL experience at both FB and TE.
Jones is 27 years old and has yet to appear in more than six NFL games in any season. If he were good enough to be more than a marginal NFL player, he would have shown that already to one of the four NFL franchises for which he has played.
The media does not appear to be interested in journeyman TE/FBs, but Jones has some good stuff to say on his Twitter account (@DominiqueJones5):
Great offseason with the team!!!! It was a grind but we got better...Time to go to work for that ultimate goal!!!! #BroncosCountry— Dominique Jones (@DominiqueJones5) June 18, 2015
Fighting for a roster spot with multiple players, but most likely competing with Joe Don Duncan and Marcel Jensen for the fourth spot.