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Deion Jones fitting in, ready to make Browns debut

BEREA — Linebacker Deion Jones is ready to make his Browns debut, and the defense is hoping for a spark. Jones, who was acquired in a trade with Atlanta on Oct. 9, is expected to be activated from injured reserve and face the Ravens on Sunday in Baltimore.

“I’m ready. Ready to go,” he said. “I think I should get a little spin. We’ll see what’s up.”

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Jones, 27, made the Pro Bowl in 2017 with the Falcons and has been a playmaker throughout his career, totaling 11 interceptions, five touchdowns and four forced fumbles. The Browns traded for him after giving up 440 yards rushing in losses to the Falcons and Chargers, and he’s expected to take some of middle linebacker Jacob Phillips’ playing time. Phillips took on a full-time role when Anthony Walker Jr. was lost for the year in Week 3 with a torn quadriceps tendon.

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“He is a professional. He works. He brings a great energy to work every day and has a smile on his face,” linebackers coach Jason Tarver said of Jones. “He is excellent at taking the ball away. He has scored many touchdowns on defense, which is a hard thing to do. Then he has overcome injuries and he has seen some different schemes. He has seen it all. He has been absolutely wonderful to work with, and I can’t wait to see what he does.”

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Tarver said Jones will play in the middle and on the weak side and will likely replace Phillips as the signal caller “in the near future.”

“The team just made it easy for me to jell,” Jones said. “They’re welcoming, they make sure I knew where everything was, getting me acclimated.

“Biggest hurdle I would say was getting to know my teammates. Just getting to know everybody in the locker room. Other than that it was just getting the terminology down, getting out there and playing it.”

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Jones has been on injured reserve since before the season but said his surgically repaired shoulder is healthy.

“I have no problem with my shoulder,” he said.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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