3. Ben Jones earning his new contract
A center has one of the hardest and most unappreciative jobs on the football field. You have to set protections, identify fronts, block nose tackles, get up to linebackers, handle blitzes all while having the disadvantage of having to snap the ball for you get get into your stance.
On top of all of that, no one really talks about you positively unless you are the best center in football. Otherwise, your trying to survive stretches from your last bad play to your next bad play where people can blame things on you.
So, it doesn’t surprise me that people aren’t talking about Ben Jones but he is doing a fantastic job. Despite being flanked by the team’s worst pass blockers in Rodger Saffold and Jamil Douglas (for most of the season) Jones has only allowed ONE sack and two pressures. Only 2 other starting centers have allowed less than that: Rodney Hudson and Austin Reiter.
Maybe the stat itself isn’t eye popping, but let me say it like this, Ben Jones has allowed just 3 total pressures (includes the sack) and he makes $6.8 million per year.
Here are a list of players who have allowed more and their annual salary:
–Matt Paradis 17 pressures: $9 million
–Garrett Bradbury 13 pressures: 1st round pick, $3.2 million
–Mike Pouncey 11 pressures: $8.5 million
–Jason Kelce 10 pressures: $8.1 million
–Alex Mack 10 pressures: $9 million
-Travis Fredrick 8 pressures: $9.4 million
That shows just how much of a value Jones is right now and how well he is playing.