Malachi Jones took the Arena Football landscape by storm this past season when he scored 34 touchdowns in his first season in the Arena Football League. Now he’s been given a shot to crack the Chicago Bear’s 53-man roster. Jones was just signed to the Bear’s 90 man roster and will compete in training camp for a spot on the team as either a wide receiver or try his luck with special teams.
I give Malachi a decent shot at at least making the practice squad because being a professional athlete is in his bloodline. First off Jones’ father, Andre, won the 1988 National Championship with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as a linebacker and went on to play for the Steelers and the Lions. His uncle, Phillip Daniels, played 14 season in the NFL and is currently a defensive coach for the Eagles. His brother, T.J., currently plays for the Lions as a wide receiver. And lastly his other brother, Jahmai, was selected in the 2nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim.
If not this season, I can definitely see Malachi squeezing his way onto an NFL team. This past year in the AFL Jones earned Wide Receiver of the Year, First Team All-Arena, and Rookie of the Year honors and helped solidify a top playoff seed for the Empire. In college Jones helped his Appalachian State Mountaineers get to their first ever bowl game.
Wherever he is, the kid has an impact.
I wish Malachi the best and I’m pretty confident that instead of watching him an Saturdays in Albany, we will all soon be watching him on Sundays via a pirated NFL Sunday Ticket website. Good luck Malachi. You will be missed.
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