5 Things to Know About New Vikings C Brett Jones

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Sunday announced a trade to acquire offensive lineman Brett Jones from the New York Giants in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

The trade is pending Jones passing a physical exam.

Jones has started 14 of the 30 games he’s played for the Giants in the past two seasons, including 13 of 16 in 2017.

Here are five things to know about the new Vikings offensive lineman:

View images of Vikings new C Brett Jones from his days with the New York Giants.

1. Manning the middle

Jones started the final 12 games of the 2017 season at center for the Giants after Weston Richburg was injured. Jones played 966 snaps, which was third-most on the team behind Eli Manning and Ereck Flowers.

After Richburg departed for San Francisco in free agency, Jones competed with Jon Halapio for the starting center role.

The Giants started Halapio at center in their first three preseason games. Jones played 61 offensive snaps for New York this preseason.

New York Giants offense, including center Brett Jones (69), set at the line of scrimmage during a NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Tampa. The Buccaneers won the game 25-23. (Paul Jasienski via AP)

2. Saskatchewan native

Jones is from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, the 10th-largest city in the prairie province. He helped Weyburn Comprehensive School win 3A city championships in 2007-08 and the provincial 3A title in 2007. Jones was a co-captain in 2008.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) prepares for the snap from center Brett Jones (69) during a week 6 NFL football game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 in Denver. New York won 23-10. (Aaron M. Sprecher via AP)

3. College Athlete of the Year

Jones attended the University of Regina in 2009 and was named the Male Athlete of the Year in 2011. He also was a four-time Academic All-Canadian honoree. In 2012, he was named the Canada West Outstanding Lineman (J.P. Metras Trophy) and Outstanding Student-Athlete (Russ Jackson Award).

New York Giants center Brett Jones against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

4. CFL career

Jones participated in the CFL Combine in Toronto in March 2013. He was drafted in the second round, 16th overall by the Calgary Stampeders that May, and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie that season. Jones also won the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award and helped the Stampeders win the Grey Cup in 2014.

New York Giants guard Brett Jones (69) watches play against the Green Bay Packers during an NFL football NFC wildcard playoff game Jan. 8, 2017  in Green Bay, Wis. (Al Messerschmidt via AP)

5. Making the jump

Jones transitioned to the NFL when he signed with the Giants in February 2015. His first season, however, ended in September when he was placed on injured reserve. Jones made his first NFL start at left guard for the Giants against the Bengals on Nov. 14, 2016.

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