Is Sidney Jones part of the Jacksonville Jaguars long-term plans?
Those that have followed cornerback Sidney Jones‘ career closely must’ve been a bit surprised when they found out the Jacksonville Jaguars signed him to their practice squad on September 8. However, the Washington product has carved a niche in the Jaguars secondary after flaming out with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jones’ was the Eagles second-round pick in 2017’s draft. That was a curious move at the time, as Sidney Jones was coming off a torn Achilles he sustained during Washinton’s Pro Day. The ‘Birds’ saw Jones as a bargain, a potential first-round pick that slid to the second round.
In the end, things simply didn’t work out for Jones and the Eagles released him before the start of the 2020 season. The Jaguars promptly signed him to their practice squad and eventually promoted him to the active roster ahead of their Week 2 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
While Jones didn’t see get any snaps in his first two games with the team, he would end up playing 12 defensive snaps in Week 4. He got the starting nod and saw more playing time the following two weeks. He also started against the Los Angeles Chargers but hurt his ribs.
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to give Sidney Jones more snaps.
Jones showed up all week in the team’s injury report and received a limited designation ahead of the Texans game, but he’s good to go. If the cornerback doesn’t display any lingering effects of the injury, he should be able to pick up where he left off in Week 7. Also, the Jaguars should use this time to evaluate him and determine if he’s part of the team’s long-term plans.
The Jaguars must find out how Jones will fare as the starting cornerback opposite of rookie C.J. Henderson. If they think they can form a solid cornerback tandem, they could then focus on other areas for the roster. That’s why the next eight weeks will be crucial for Jones. If he does well in his try-out, the team’s brass can turn to other units that require reinforcements in the offseason.