Jones attended Iroquois High School in Louisville, Ky., where as a senior he broke Shaun Alexander's state record by averaging 220 rushing yards per game...Had 26 touchdowns as a senior...Also lettered in track and basketball in high school...First name is pronounced (Hernandez)...Received a bachelor's degree from Indiana and was an academic all-conference pick in college...Married (Kahi) and has one child (Jaylen)...Herana-Daze Lavalle Jones was born on April 15, 1982, in Louisville, Ky.
Jones is a veteran of three NFL seasons. He was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a rookie free agent out of Indiana in 2005. After spending his first season on the Cincinnati practice squad, Jones led the Bengals in special teams tackles in 2006 (19) and 2007 (18). He appeared in three games with the Bengals in 2008 before being waived and signing with Denver. Jones played in the final two contests of the 2008 season for the Broncos. Jones was released by Denver in June, 2009. Signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Tuesday, July 28, 2009.
Jones finished his career at the University of Indiana as the fourth-leading tackler (342) in school history...Ranked third in the Big Ten Conference with a team-high 110 tackles as a senior, earning second-team all-conference honors...Added two interceptions, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a senior...Finished second on Indiana in tackles as both a junior (96) and a sophomore (108).
2008 (5/0 - Denver/Cincinnati): Played in a total of five games, seeing time in three contests with Cincinnati before playing in Denver's final two games of the year...Totaled six special teams tackles, including two with Denver.
2007 (9/0 - Cincinnati): Played in nine games for the Bengals, posting a team-high 18 special teams tackles and four stops (3 solo) on defense...Placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on November 27.
2006 (16/0 - Cincinnati): Saw time in all 16 games for Cincinnati and led the team with 19 special teams tackles while adding four defensive stops.
2005 (0/0 - Cincinnati): Entered the NFL with Cincinnati as a rookie free agent and spent his rookie season on the Bengals' practice squad.
- Spent his first three full NFL seasons (2005-2007) with Cincinnati, appearing on its practice squad as a rookie in 2005 before leading the Bengals in special teams tackles during the 2006 (19) and 2007 (18) seasons.
- Owns 43 special teams tackles in 30 career games.
Herana-Daze Jones was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on July 28, 2009...Originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a rookie free agent on April 28, 2005...Waived by Cincinnati (9/3/05)...Signed to the Cincinnati practice squad (9/5/05)...Waived by Cincinnati (11/4/08)...Signed by Denver (12/3/08)...Waived by Denver (12/10/08)...Signed by Denver (12/16/08)...Waived by Denver (6/18/09).