Name: Jamaal Jones
NFL games played in: 0
Games played for the Chargers: 0
Fun fact: Jones is just the second Charger in recent history to be born in Germany - the other is Ladarius Green.
As the fun fact notes, Jones wasn't born in America, but rather in Heidelberg, a town in South-West Germany where the U.S. happens to have an Army Base. I couldn't find out at what age he moved to America, but considering he played High School football - and speaks with no trace of a German accent - I'm going to presume that he's spent the majority of his life in America. His father, Alvin Sr is a retired Army sergeant, so it's not a wild leap to assume that he was born there due to his father's military service.
Jones had a productive - very productive - career in college. He committed to Washington originally, but after redshirting his 2011 freshman year and appearing in just three games in 2012, Jones transferred to Montana to receive more playing time. It was the right move, as Jones would leave Montana after three years as their all time leader in receiving yards, with 3,021 yards on 184 catches (third most in team history) and 22 touchdowns (8th most in team history).
Despite Jones' production, teams didn't view him as being an NFL calibre athlete. His size is reasonable at 6'1, 192lbs, but he ran a 4.64 40 yard dash, and Lance Zierlein summed it up best when saying: "It's easy to love the production, but he's not big, he's not fast and he's not as explosive out of his breaks as he needs to be to get open against NFL cornerbacks. Still has enough talent to find his way into a camp."
Zierlein was right, as Jones joined the Chargers as an UDFA after the 2016 NFL Draft. However, he broke his thumb during a preseason practice, and the Chargers waived-injured the receiver. However, they must have liked what they saw from him in the limited time Jones was healthy and on the team, because in January the team signed him to a futures contract and giving him one of the coveted spots on a team's 90 man offseason roster.
From interviews, Jones is honest, and clearly well spoken - which is handy, as his degree from Montana is in Communications - and in a pre-draft interview Jones said that "what a team gets if they draft me... is somebody who works hard and doesn't have a sense of entitlement." That's important for someone like Jones when transitioning to the NFL. He might have been the star at Montana, but that's irrelevant now. Everything needs to be earned - especially as an UDFA - and if you think a spot as one of the team's 5 or 6 receivers on the 53 man roster will be handed to you, you're going to be out of the league pretty quickly.
However, that's not the way Jones has always viewed life. Jones was a productive player in High School, as the #11 ranked player in the state of Washington, but that may have been a detriment to himself - he admits that his attitude when he came into Washington was poor, leading him to be put in - and stay in - the doghouse.
That poor attitude may not just be referring to the football field, either. In an interview with NFL Draft Diamonds, Jones is honest about the academic side of college, admitting that "I didn't have great study habits coming into college, and found it the hard way it takes more than just coming to class to pass." He was able to turn it around, however, and graduated with his degree in Communications in Spring 2015 from Montana.
Off the field, Jones is a big fan of music. After his NFL career is over, Jones has said that he'd like to be an audio engineer. He's used his musical interests to give back to his community, as well, and when he was younger went to play piano at a retirement home, which is pretty awesome - not just for the people living at the home, but for Jones as well, as he described it as an experience that's stuck with him.
Unfortunately, the Chargers are extremely crowded at WR, and I can't see Jones making either the roster or the PS. I say unfortunately not because I think he's a good player (in honesty, I can't say I've ever seen him play), but because he strikes me as a very genuine, good person. He's learnt from his mistakes both on and off the field, speaks very well of authority figures, and is a hard worker with plans for a career after football.
I hope I'm wrong, but I can't see Jones sticking in the NFL for long. For now, though, he's just going out and living his dream.
Best of luck, Jamaal.