According to a report by NOLA.com’s Jeff Duncan, former L.S.U. and New York Giants safety Chad Jones is rumored to be getting ready for a possible audition with the New Orleans Saints.
Nothing appears to be set in stone as far as the workout goes yet since Duncan’s report say that Jones’ agent Rocky Arceneaux is still “trying to arrange” the workout.
It’s actually Jones’ physical therapist who in the article goes the extra yard by saying,
“(Chad) will be working out with (the Saints) soon, putting pads on for the first time since his accident,” Moran said. “He is very excited to get the opportunity to suit up and start hitting again!”
Jones was a standout safety at L.S.U. and earned nicknames like “The Hitman” and his most famous, “The Dreadlocks of Doom.” While at L.S.U. he played baseball as well and earned a 2007 championship in football and a 2009 championship in baseball.
He was selected by the Giants in the 2010 NFL Draft with the 76th pick in the third round. Jones was expected to make a major impact with the Giants secondary unit until tragedy struck on June 25th of that year.
While driving in New Orleans Jones’ vehicle struck a pole after he tried to get off of the path of street car tracks on the roadway. The impact broke the axle and drove it through the vehicle causing massive damage to his left leg which exposed major arteries and broke his tibia and fibula bone.
The Giants kept Jones on their roster to allow him to mend and go through physical therapy even when doctors said he could lose his leg and wouldn’t play football again.
Jones underwent extensive therapy and in August of 2011 was squatting 250 pounds and going through a series of running drills. In October 2011 he ran two 40 yard dashes registering a 4.84 on his first and a 4.90 on his second.
His road to a comeback was halted after the Giants released Jones on May 14th of this year after he failed his physical. Not giving in, Jones has continued to rehabilitate himself and continue training for a shot in the NFL.