The Rookie Mini-Camp is an exciting time for everyone involved. This gives new guys their first chance to strut in front of their coaches and teammates. Plus, it gives avid football fans something to talk about for a little over a week until we inevitably realize that the NFL season is still several months away. But one of the funniest traditions of Mini Rookie Camps is looking at all of the participants and picking the ones we didn’t expect but are more than happy to see.
An example of this can be found in the Green Bay Packers guest list:
Do you see it? To look closer. About halfway down the list is the name Alvin Jones, LB, Texas-El Paso – the twin brother of Green Bay Pro Bowl fullback Aaron Jones.
Although he was never on the active roster, Jones has a history with Green Bay. The Packers hosted Alvin Jones for a training in the middle of last season. Alvin Jones has already spent two years with the Baltimore Ravens, although the only place he could be found with the team was on the injured reserve.
So what are the odds of Alvin Jones earning a spot on the Green Bay roster? Considering all the circumstances, they are probably not as low as you might think. On the one hand, the Packers stand to lose the starting quarterback and reigning NFL MVP. Aaron Rodgers. Wide Receiver All-Pro Davante Adams also hinted at his own departure if Rodgers didn’t return to Green Bay. Therefore, the Packers could try to give their other offensive star a reason to stay in town by signing his brother. Not to mention, the Packers are currently quite light at the inside linebacker position. LILB Krys Barnes posted a 43.7 PFF rating with just 61 solo tackles in 2020, and the only inside linebacker in the team’s draft class is sixth-round selection Isaiah McDuffie of Boston College.
Aaron and Alvin, both 26, have always been To close. The twins shared rooms throughout their childhood and became roommates at the University of Texas-El Paso. So giving Alvin a chance is a good way to make Aaron happy (not the Peril a; he will never be happy). While it remains unlikely that Alvin Jones will ever prepare for a game with Green Bay – likely limited to team training duties – it would be nice to see more brothers playing each other in the NFL. This is not an unknown spectacle, with six families have multiple siblings on the same team at the same time over the past twenty years. Currently, only the Watt brothers – Derek and TJ – are on the same NFL roster. Even if, Former Seattle Seahawk Shaquem Griffin set to sign with Jacksonville Jaguars, bringing him together with his brother shaquill, who signed a multi-year agreement with the Jags in March.