David ""D.J."" Jones was born on January 19th, 1995 in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a defensive tackle in the NFL. Jones attended Wren High School and was a Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas participant as a senior. He also played basketball and threw discus and shot put on the track and field team. Jones transferred to Ole Miss following two seasons (2013-14) at East Mississippi Community College (Scooba, MS), the school that was featured in the 2016 Netflix documentary Last Chance U. After transferring, Jones immediately became one of the strongest Rebels. He benched 440 pounds, squatted 650 pounds, and had a max clean of 330 pounds. After playing in every game of his junior season with the Rebels, Jones earned the Jeff Hamm Memorial Award as the Rebels most improved defensive player in the spring of 2016. Jones was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jones was a big part of the defensive line rotation and a stalwart against the run. He’s improved every year, with the analytic website Pro Football Focus noting his grade against the run has improved every season, from 57.5 as a rookie to 63.9 in 2018. He was in on 13 percent of defensive snaps in 2017 and 22 percent last season. On October 27, 2019, Jones got his first career sack on Kyle Allen of the Carolina Panthers.
In 2019, Jones started 11 games before suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 14. He was placed on injured reserve on December 14, 2019.
Jones was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 23, 2020, and activated on December 2.
Jones re-signed with the 49ers on a one-year contract on March 22, 2021.
On March 17, 2022, Jones signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Denver Broncos.