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UH's Josh Jones stands out with Astros tattoo at NFL combine

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 2/26/2020 John McClain
a man holding a sign posing for the camera: UH's Josh Jones entertained the media during his session with reporters Wednesday at the NFL combine. © Michael Wyke, Houston Chronicle

UH's Josh Jones entertained the media during his session with reporters Wednesday at the NFL combine.

INDIANAPOLIS — University of Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones had an informative and entertaining session with the media at the NFL combine on Wednesday morning.

Jones, who could be the only player from a Texas college to be drafted in the first round, told reporters that, yes, he does have an Astros’ tattoo, loves to watch movies in Houston theaters, would be a film editor or cameraman if he worked in the film business and plans to have a lengthy NFL career as a left tackle.

Jones, who played at George Bush High School in Richmond, was asked by a reporter, “Is that’s an Astros tattoo?”

Jones smiled and said, “Yes, it is, but I’m not going there,” before questions could be asked about the Astros’ cheating scandal.

Jones said he loves to watch movies at home but prefers to see them on the big screen in theaters. The last movie he saw was “The Gentlemen,” and his favorite sports movie is “Friday Night Lights.”

Jones was asked if he worked in the film business, what job would he want to have. He thought and few seconds and answered, “I think I’d like to be a film editor or a cameraman. I wouldn’t want to be in front of them camera. I’m afraid I’d mess up.”

Jones started 36 games at left tackle for the Cougars and is projected to play that position in the NFL, but he pointed out  it’ll benefit him if he can also show he can play the right side. He called himself a border-line first-round pick right now who wants to prove himself enough to be a sure-fire first-rounder.

Jones was asked about practicing against former defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who was drafted in the first round by Buffalo last year and played well as a rookie. He was asked when he knew Oliver could be special?

Jones recalled one of Oliver’s first practices, saying “When he lined up on the second team, came off the line, lifted up our center, tossed himself to the side, hit the back and knocked off his helmet.”

Jones also said he thinks the Cougars are in good hands with second-year coach Dana Holgorsen.


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