Jones signed under the second-round tender designation, which values his contract at $3.095 million for next season. The Auburn product was outstanding last season for the Patriots, collecting 56 tackles (44 solo), one sack and three interceptions in 16 games. Jones has proven to be durable, as he has never miss a game in his three-year career.
The $3.095 million tender essentially ensures Jones will remain in New England, as any team would need to give the Patriots its second-round pick in order to court the 25-year-old cornerback. Jones, who went undrafted out of Auburn in 2016, posted 56 tackles, 1.5 sacks, seven passes defended, three interceptions and one forced fumble last season. In three years with the Patriots, Jones has never missed a regular-season game.
Jones recorded eight tackles (five solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's win over Miami.
Jones drew his first start of the season while Eric Rowe (groin) was inactive. Jones saw 42 defensive snaps, which was slightly less than he played the past couple weeks, but the defense was only on the field for 49 plays total. He'll figure to continue seeing signifiant playtime as long as Rowe remains sidelined or limited.
Jones has impressed those close to the team since his rehab stint and could have the "inside track" at the slot corner position, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports.
Jones is only one week removed from the PUP list, so there's still plenty of room for evaluation. Still, it's encouraging to hear the positive praise directed at him. At the very least, Jones seems to be in comfortable position to make the team heading into the regular season.
Jones (ankle) came off the PUP list on Tuesday and participated in practice, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
Jones suffered the ankle injury back in January in the Patriots' playoff win over the Titans, and it looks like he is now close to making a full return. The Patriots will likely ease Jones back into the swing of things, and chances are he is limited to start training camp given his lengthy absence.
|2016||New England Patriots||16||14||10.0||4||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||44||39.0||5||1||1||6||6.0||6||0||8|
|2018||New England Patriots||16||56||44.0||12||1.5||3||34||11.3||28||0||7|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|