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During this morning’s Toucher & Rich radio program, Jeff Howe discussed Jack Jones’ troubles with the New England Patriots and the NFL, as well as legally.

Patriots cornerback Jack Jones is expected to face charges today for allegedly having two loaded firearms in his carry-on bag at Logan Airport on Friday. According to State Police, Jones is charged with multiple offenses, including possession of concealed weapons in a secure airport area, possession of ammunition without a firearm ID card, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a large-capacity feeding device.

  • Oct 24, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Jack Jones (13) celebrates during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 24, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Jack Jones (13) celebrates during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

  • Howe emphasizes that Jones is in significant trouble, as the Patriots are furious with him for putting himself in this situation after breaking minicamp and is expected to take strong action against him. From a legal perspective, he’s faces serious charges that could lead to an 18-month prison sentence, potentially extended to three and a half years if convicted. Jeff also mentions the team’s history with similar incidents and believes it’s highly unlikely that Jones will remain with the Patriots for much longer.

  • Fred Toucher: How much trouble is Jack Jones in here from a team and NFL perspective? 

    Jeff Howe: He’s in a lot. And legally, we’ll start with the Patriots. I mean, the team is understandably and obviously livid over the situation. Putting himself in a position like this is at any time of year, But really like after breaking minicamp and all that stuff, it’s just… they’re livid. 

    Moving over to the legal side, just from conversations I had with some friends who are much smarter with that stuff than I am… Looking at the charges and kind of breaking down what he’s facing. I mean, if he’s convicted, he’s looking at a mandatory 18 month sentence and there’s a likelihood of a two year enhancement on that 18 months because the weapons were allegedly loaded. Just right off the bat, there’s a strong possibility that if convicted, he’s looking at a minimum of three and a half years. You bring that back over to the team side. Everything that Robert Kraft has done since Aaron Hernandez. I would be very, very surprised if he were a patriot much longer.”

  • Howe also believes losing Jones would be a major setback for the Patriots. He also heard positive reports about Jones’ performance and witnessed his impressive play as a starting cornerback, including an outstanding interception. Although Howe cannot guarantee Pro Bowl status, he believes Jack had early career potential.

  • Rich Shertenlieb: How screwed are they, football wise, if he’s not playing?

    Jeff Howe: Oh, man, it’s a tough blow. I mean, I was down there twice last week. I heard really good things about him throughout the spring. But last week, he was locked in as a starting cornerback. In the two practices I was there, he made the best Play of the week peeling off coverage assignments to pick off a deep ball for Mac Jones to Hunter Henry. I’m not going to say he was ever going to make a Pro Bowl. I don’t know that. But he looked like the makings of a player who had Pro Bowl potential at some point early in his career.”

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  • Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.

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