He's playing decent. As much as I busted on him last year for being the most incompitent defenseman, the whole defense has pulled a full 180. Now he's one of the only compitent defenseman, and the rest really aren't.
my theory: he's gotten lucky... he also is getting spotted in his ice-time, so that protects him a fair amount. there have been a number of "oopses" with Jones that he is very lucky didn't result in a minus. like the sequence against Toronto where he let Jeff O'Neil get in behind him for a breakaway... made a nice recovery, and then turned the puck over in the corner (somehow didn't get credited with a turnover...) which led to a play right out into the slot and a nice save by Nitty.
Jones WILL be a competent NHL dman, i just doubt it's going to be as anything more than a 3rd pairing type on a decent team.
25 is getting towards "you are what you are" level... some player develop later than that for sure, but you'd like to see more from forwards before then, and you'd like to see it in a dman coming together at 25. Jones has been better than last year (which was an unmitigated disaster), but he's still turning the puck over with some consistency, and has some struggles with physical play.
will he be a bit better in a couple years? sure. not a ton, however. i don't think he's ever a player you're going to be excited to have on your team... he'll be a nice guy to have in the bottom pairing. i mean, saying, "wow, look at randy jones' stats..." on a team that is 3-10-1 and 2nd to last in team defense in the league isn't necessarily a real complement... he isn't even playing well enough to force Stevens -- who obviously knows his game very well -- to play him more than 12 a night...
Rathje's -2, given all the grief he gets, impresses me much more than any other stat you can see on the flyers page at the moment.