Arthur Jones On 2015: "It's A Big Year For Me"

Intro: A high ankle sprain shortened Arthur Jones’ first season in Indianapolis. Both him and Chuck Pagano aren’t shying away from how important the 2015 campaign is for Jones, and the Colts run defense.

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INDIANAPOLIS – His presence could be mentioned in the same sentence as Luck, Davis or Hilton.

The need for healthy campaigns in 2015 out of the three names mentioned above is obvious.

Arthur Jones' name should be in that mix, as well.

In playing just seven full games in 2014, Jones' high ankle sprain hampered the type of impact he made in his first season with the Colts.

When Jones was on the field last season, the Colts held opponents to less than four yards per carry.

With a more consistent run defense atop the 2015 goal list for Indianapolis, Jones accepts some of that burden.

"It's a big year for me," the 320-pound Jones says.

"I feel better then I've ever felt before. My mind is fresh. My body feels great and I'm hungry right now to show the Colts fans and community they brought me here for a reason."

One man certainly doesn't solve all the Colts worries in trying to be a run defense unit that stays away from the lulls it suffered last year.

But Jones is a rare presence up front.

"Just look at the numbers when (Jones) was in the lineup to when he was out of the lineup," Chuck Pagano said at this year's Owner Meetings.

"It's well documented that when he's in there, we are better."

Last season, a high ankle injury for Jones came in the Colts home opener against Philadelphia.

His return to the lineup came at the end of October, before tweaking the same injury.

Knowing how vital a healthy campaign is in 2015, Jones has taken measures towards that this offseason.

Jones hired a stretch lady, is taking part in yoga and doing more massages in hopes to be called upon week-in-and-week-out.

When it comes to 2015, both Jones and Pagano don't shy away from what this second season in Indianapolis means to No. 97.

"Anytime you have an injury and then you are out of the lineup…with those contracts come expectations and pressure," Pagano says of Jones.

"It's very, very important that he stays healthy, is in great shape, has a great offseason, great training camp. Obviously our run defense is going to be a lot better and more consistent with him in there hopefully for 16 games and then the playoffs, if we are fortunate enough to make it."

A behind the scenes look at Art's 2015 photo shoot in the #ColtsPhotoGarage.

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