From DT to QB? Former Mississippi State star Chris Jones wants to take some snaps in 2017

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One of the most exciting plays from the entire Kansas City Chiefs’ 2016 season was this touchdown pass by 345-pound defensive lineman Dontari Poe:

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The Chiefs won’t be able to replicate that touchdown play in 2017, though, as Poe signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason.

However, former Mississippi State DL Chris Jones said that doesn’t mean defensive linemen shouldn’t be allowed to show their skills on offense.

According to ESPN.com, Jones said he offers more versatility at the quarterback position than Poe did, comparing himself to three former SEC star quarterbacks in the process:

“I’m the best athlete for this position,” the 310-pound Jones said as the Chiefs gathered for the start of their offseason workout program. “Unfortunately we don’t have a 345-pounder anymore so we’ve got to look (to) the more skillful, the more athletic, the more shifty type of guy. Not to toot my own horn but that’s me. I’ve done told coach (Andy) Reid about it a couple of times. He just laughed about it. I just don’t know if he takes me serious or not. I’m going up there with a straight face. Everything I say, he thinks I’m playing, I guess.

“It’s just a matter of time. Cam Newton, Dak Prescott, Tim Tebow, I said I was going to be that. It’s just a matter of time. You’ve got to wait. You just can’t rush greatness, baby. I’m going to be out there doing a little Cam Newton, dropping back.”

Jones said he and the other defensive linemen are gunning for Kansas City starting QB Alex Smith’s position this offseason:

“I keep on telling Alex (Smith), we are coming for his position, man,” Jones said. “We aren’t playing with him. We are not playing. We are quarterbacks. I keep on telling everybody. We are just big quarterbacks. We have the softest touch.”

Poe scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) over the course of his Kansas City career as part of an offensive package known as “Hungry Pig.”

It sounds like Jones wants a more expansive package created for him. Maybe it could be called the “Hungrier Pig.”

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