Patriots move on from cornerback after second consecutive benching
Less than two years after drafting Jack Jones in the fourth round, the New England Patriots are moving on from the 25-year-old cornerback. As first reported by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Jones was waived by the team on Monday.
This move comes after Jones had played a limited role the last two weeks. He was first benched at the start of the Week 9 game against the Washington Commanders after showing up late to the team hotel the night before the game. Jones then played a limited role again against the Colts on Sunday. According to Mike Giardi of Boston Sports Journal, “Jones’ behavior/engagement this past week and in Germany wasn’t to the level the team had hoped after his previous incident [the initial benching].”
The Patriots drafted Jones in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He showed progress as a rookie, recording six pass breakups and two interceptions in the first 13 games last season before suffering a season ending injury. Jones was suspended by the team while on IR at the end of the year for issues relating to his rehab. Jones was then arrested this past June on multiple gun charges at Logan Airport – those charges were dropped before the season.
Jones opened the 2023 season on IR, and ended up playing in five games without a start. He recorded 12 tackles and one pass breakup. While benched the last two weeks, Jones was noticeably away from the rest of the team in the bench area, often on the bench itself with a towel over his head. Jones only played 10 snaps against the Colts.
Without Jones the Patriots now have five cornerbacks on their active roster in Jonathan Jones, Myles Bryant, Shaun Wade, Alex Austin, and J.C. Jackson. Jackson was away from the team last week after getting benched along with Jones to start the Washington game – he also failed to show up to the team hotel. The Patriots also have two cornerbacks on the practice squad in Breon Borders and Azizi Hearn.