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Donnie Jones Could Help Pants Opponents In Playoffs

Posted Jan 1, 2018

The most experienced NFL player on the Eagles' 53-man roster, Donnie Jones accomplished a first on Sunday.

The 14-year veteran went out onto the field with 5:39 remaining in the first half for one of his seven punts of the afternoon. Unbeknownst to him, he still had his black sweatpants on over his white uniform pants.

As Jones settled in to await the ball, long snapper Rick Lovato notified him of his wardrobe malfunction.

"I kind of start laughing out there but now I'm like, I got to refocus because I want to execute and get a good punt off," Jones said.

He did. The 39-yard boot was downed at the Cowboys' 4-yard line, one of three punts that put Dallas inside its own 20 on the day.

As he went back to the sideline, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was the first to poke fun at Jones.

"That's embarrassing," Schwartz said. "At least you had a good punt though."

Jones was needed to win the battle of field position Sunday and will be an X-factor in the playoffs to help the Eagles gain hidden yardage. Jones averaged a lofty 41.0 net yards per punt against the Cowboys. Another perfect attempt rolled out of bounds at the Dallas 1-yard line.

The 37-year-old is embarking on his third trip to the playoffs. He went with Houston in 2012 and the Eagles the following year. Jones averaged 48.8 yards per punt in the Eagles' NFC Wild Card matchup against New Orleans and it could be the Saints who come to Philly in the Divisional Round on January 13.

Jones finished the regular season with a 40.6 net average which is over a yard more than his career mark of 39.5 yards per punt.

The greatest punter in Eagles history - Jones is the all-time team leader in gross and net averages as well as punts inside the 20 - will have a chance to add to his legacy and help this franchise win its first postseason game since 2008 in two weeks.

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