INDIANAPOLIS — Gentle giant doesn’t quite seem to fit.
Arthur Jones has the requisite size — 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds — and his smile is infectious. But anyone who has seen the Indianapolis Colts’ new defensive lineman perform on the football field isn’t likely to come away remarking about his gentle nature.
“I’m going to play [ticked] off every single game,” Jones said Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center as the Colts completed the second week of organized team activities. “I might have the biggest smile in this locker room and off the field, but when it’s time to play I mean business.”
Jones’ aggressive side was on display earlier in the afternoon when he was involved in a scuffle that developed near the line of scrimmage after Andrew Luck completed a long touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton in a non-contact, 11-on-11 drill.
One of his younger brothers, Jon, is the UFC light heavyweight champion and has a 20-1 career record in professional mixed martial arts bouts.
Arthur Jones nearly stepped into the octagon himself during the NFL lockout in 2011, but he wasn’t looking for a fight Wednesday.
“I don’t even know who it was against, honestly,” he said of the incident that was quickly broken up amidst a circle of teammates. “It’s just a whole bunch of guys competing. Any time you get a team of alpha males, top dogs, it’s going to be not all bark and some bite sometimes.”
The Colts paid Jones handsomely during the offseason — his contract is reportedly worth $33 million over five years — to import some of that bite for a front seven that literally was run over during the postseason.
Indianapolis surrendered 150 rushing yards in a 45-44 victory against Kansas City in the wild-card round, then coughed up 234 yards — including 166 yards and four touchdowns by LaGarrette Blount — during a 43-22 loss against New England a week later.