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Jones expects ‘complete dominance’ from the Evero defense

Broncos’ new defensive lineman is excited to get after the quarterback and stop the run.

New Broncos’ defensive lineman DJ Jones came for Russell Wilson and stayed for Ejiro Evero’s defense of complete dominance up front.

“Russell Wilson was a big part of the reason I came here,” the former Niner said in his introductory presser Thursday. “Like I said, playing against him for five years, just chasing him around, making a few plays on him—but he did more than I did against him. I know what he’s capable of, and I’m excited that he’s my quarterback.”

But having dinner with Evero confirmed for Jones that the new D-coordinator was going to bring the fire.

“Dominance—I expect complete dominance,” Jones said of the expectation for the 2022 Broncos’ defense. “Be able to stop the run and then have some fun after that. On third down, we’ll get to the quarterback. On early downs, we’ll stop the run. So that’s what I’ve seen and that’s what I expect. I love [Elviro] already.”

As a powerhouse run stopper, having amassed 62 tackles that included 12 for a loss, Jones can also hold his own when it comes to getting to the QB - three sacks, two forced fumbles last season. So if Evero’s defensive approach stays with that mindset, Jones will fit it like a glove.

“I like to attack the ball, wherever it is,” he said. “That’s something that was instilled in me from an early age and stuck with me forever. I just like to make plays all over the field.”

But back to that Russell Wilson thing. We’ll go ahead and call it what it is - the Russell Wilson Effect.

Just ask Von Miller - and every other game-wrecking defender - championship defenses need to be paired with winning quarterbacks for the ultimate prize.

Jones knows this. And he knows how successful Wilson is.

“Stability is everything, especially playing against a guy like ‘Russ’ - knowing his tendencies, knowing that he’s going to give you his all every game. It’s a lot on the line,” Jones said. “So when I knew he was the quarterback, I didn’t flinch. I wanted to be here from the jump.”

Jones pointed to “the culture” in Denver and claimed that was the first thing that got his attention to consider Denver.

“We had a lot of love from teams, but I felt like this was home from the jump—especially when they made the move on ‘Russ’,” Jones said. “I knew it was somewhere I wanted to be. I want to win immediately. That’s what they’re doing here. That’s what we are doing here.”

“It was the culture, before ‘Russ,’” Jones added. “We’re going to turn this into a winning culture again. This organization is top tier. I’m just excited to be here.”

Yep, the Russell Wilson Effect.

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