New England Patriots

Jonathan Jones of the New England Patriots defends a pass intended for Diontae Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Gillette Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Pro Football Focus named Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones to its “NFL Team of the Week” after a superlative performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 of the 2019 season.

Jones saw nine targets in pass coverage against Ben Roethlisberger and allowed just three catches for 19 yards, recording two pass breakups on the night. He had another two breakups that got nullified due to penalties.

Now over a year and a half removed from a broken foot that ended his season during the 2017 playoffs, Jones looks faster than ever and appears to have an excellent grasp of his various roles on defense and special teams. He’s also fresh off signing a three-year extension that includes $13 million guaranteed.

“Just being healthy this year, being able to get out there with my teammates and compete, it feels good to be out there,” Jones said after the game Sunday night.

Cornerback boasts arguably the best depth of any position on the Patriots’ roster. Jones’ rise to one of the better slot corners in the league has helped take the unit to another level in recent games.

Here’s the full PFF team of the week for Week 1:

QB: Lamar Jackson, Ravens
RB: Marlon Mack, Colts
WR: Marquise Brown, Ravens
WR: Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
FLEX: WR Desean Jackson, Eagles
TE: Mark Andrews, Ravens
LT: Jason Peters, Eagles
LG: Dalton Risner, Broncos
C: Trey Hopkins, Bengals
RG: Larry Warford, Saints
RT: La’el Collins, Cowboys

DI: Grady Jarrett, Falcons
DI: Geno Atkins, Bengals
EDGE: Sam Hubbard, Bengals
EDGE: T.J. Watt, Steelers
LB: Bobby Wagner, Seahawks
LB: Cory Littleton, Rams
CB: Jonathan Jones, Patriots
CB: James Bradberry, Panthers
FLEX: CB Jourdan Lewis, Cowboys
S: Anthony Harris, Vikings
S: Marcus Maye, Jets

K: Matt Prater, Lions
P: Kevin Huber, Bengals
K/PR: Dwayne Harris, Raiders
ST: Mark Nzeocha, 49ers

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