The New England Patriots may exchange Professional Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson with a 2022 Day 3 draft decide.
Based on ESPN’s Mike Reiss, fourth-round choice Jack Jones “has rapidly put himself in place to problem for the position.”
Having traded Stephon Gilmore final offseason, the Patriots will not start the season with a dominant secondary on paper. Jones is anticipated to compete with Jalen Mills, Malcolm Butler, and Terrance Mitchell for a beginning outdoors position. Reiss stated the 5-foot-10 rookie impressed whereas taking part in alongside Mills in minicamp.
Herm Edwards, who coached Jones at Arizona State, endorsed New England as the proper place to maintain him centered on soccer. Jones was arrested on suspicion of housebreaking for breaking right into a Panda Specific in 2018 and dismissed from USC due to educational points.
“It’s a great place for him, as there shall be folks there to maintain the thumb on him,” Edwards stated. “I informed him, ‘You’re at a spot now the place it’s a must to examine all of the containers.’ He’s been a handful, however he’s a very good child. Loves soccer. Loves competing. As soon as he’s within the constructing, on the sector, he’s all about soccer now.”
Edwards additionally referred to as Jones “a really explosive athlete” who “has fairly good ball expertise.”
“He has good anticipation,” Edwards added. “Typically his eyes get him in hassle, as a result of he’s on a mission to intercept balls and he’ll guess a little bit bit. And weight-wise [177 pounds], you’d want he’d be a little bit bit greater. However he’s not afraid to sort out. He’ll throw his physique at folks.”
Whoever earns the beginning job will fill massive footwear in Foxborough. Jackson helped the Patriots end second in passing protection, interceptions, and opposing quarter ranking final season.