His six-minute appearance as a replacement for Phil Jagielka during England's friendly win over Scotland was only the second time in his eight international appearances that Jones played in central defence.
And for all the 21-year-old's undoubted ability, that situation might not change much until he can find a way past Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford.
"Phil has been a victim of his own versatility," said Hodgson.
"We think he is a very fine player. We like him very much.
"But if he is going to knock Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill off their perch he is going to have to perform in the Premier League.
"I haven't had an awful lot of chance to see him there."
Rather more is known about Joe Hart.
But after three seasons as England's first choice goalkeeper, Hodgson has sought to reassure the Manchester City man in the wake of the blunder that gifted Scotland their opener.
"The first thing he did at half-time was apologise to me for letting in the goal," said Hodgson.
"But it is not a perfect world. Good players make mistakes.
"I wouldn't leave him out of the next game because he made that mistake."
If Hart's performance was a negative this week, Rickie Lambert's was a very big positive.
However, even more than Hart, the Southampton striker will be sweating on his place for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, with Hodgson cautioning against the likelihood of unearthing more talent from the lower leagues, as was the case with 31-year-old Lambert.
"I don't want to exaggerate it," he said.
"I don't want to start making too many bold statements.
"It does of course (send a message out). But if you are saying I am now going to spend the coming weeks looking at League Two or the Conference and League One, I am not.
"They would have to be doing a pretty good job in the Premier League.
"You have to be a little bit special to score 15 goals for Southampton because they are not one of the top five or six teams."