Emery: Bears expect Christian Jones to challenge for roster spot

Emery: Bears expect Christian Jones to challenge for roster spot
May 21, 2014, 11:45 am
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Scott Krinch

Christian Jones saw his NFL Draft stock plummet from a possible Day 2 selection all the way to an undrafted free agent.

Jones, a standout linebacker for Florida State, turned in a diluted urine sample at the NFL Scouting Combine, which played a key factor in all 32 NFL teams passing on him in the draft.

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The Bears are hoping Jones' mistake is their gain, and will give him every opportunity to make the 53-man roster. Jones is expected to compete with 2013 fourth-round selection Khaseem Greene and Jordan Senn for one of the final spots at linebacker on the team.

"We see him challenging for one of those spots and that's a good a thing," Bears general manager Phil Emery told Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday night. "Competition is what makes us better. Christian showed us a lot of good things this weekend. Number one is his range as a football player. It was beyond his hustle, it was just his innate ability, his athleticism, his speed and he closed distance very well."

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As a key four-year contributor at Florida State, Jones played both strongside and weakside linebacker. He also showed his versatility by lining up a defensive end during the Seminoles' 2013 national championship campaign. Throughout his collegiate career, Jones racked up 223 tackles, 24 TFL, eight sacks and two forced fumbles.

“I feel like I’ve got a lot of versatility and I feel like I can fit in a lot of different systems," Jones said at Bears rookie minicamp over the weekend. "I feel like I just need to focus on one spot. I’ve been moved around my whole career and I feel like people didn’t really see what all I could do. They just saw a little glimpse of it. I think it’s going to be a good opportunity to see me at one spot and see what I do."