FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick thoughts and notes about theNFL:
1. Jones for Jackson? Who will replace the Patriots' star player in training camp?As a starting cornerback and as a fourth-round selection he quickly placed himself in a position to challenge for this role.
This likely doesn’t surprise longtime scout and front-office executive TJ McCreight, who tweeted that Jones was his favorite pick of the fourth round. In addition to Jones’ physical traits and high-end instincts, McCreight highlighted how Jones was coached by Herm Edwards (a former DB himself), Marvin Lewis and Donnie Henderson at Arizona State, so he’s already benefitted from NFL-level tutelage.
Coach Bill Belichick also noted how Jones has “played in a pro system and had a lot of pro coaching.”
Edwards also shared his conviction that Jones had landed with the right people. Jones, who began his college career at USC in 2018, was arrested for breaking into restaurant doors.The original felony charges were dropped to a second-degree misdemeanor of commercial burglary. Jones was expelled from USC for academic reasons. He transferred to Moorpark Junior College. He ultimately settled at Arizona State. In 2020, Jones was also suspended from practice for fighting.
“It’s a good spot for him [New England]Edwards explained that Belichick worked with him privately on campus before the draft. “I told him, ‘You’re at a place now where you have to check all the boxes.’ He’s been a handful, but he’s a good kid. He loves football. Enjoys playing. Once he’s in the building, on the field, he’s all about football now.”
Edwards believes Jones can achieve positive results if he stays on track. Patriots spring practices were a glimpse of that.
Jones was opposite the 2021 starterHe was able to consistently cover starting-caliber receivers in one mandatory minicamp drill. He also intercepted a rookie quarterback , leaping in front of a return route after his break.
“That’s a position where you have to react, always trying to close the cushion. He is able to do this. He can make up time coming out of his pedal and turns,” Edwards said.
Jones is competing alongside Mills, who are veterans.From the outside. Veteran The top slot corner with rookies is this Houston in the third round. He could work behind him.
Edwards wouldn’t be surprised if Jones ultimately emerges, but also seemed cautious to overhype his impact.
“He’s a very explosive athlete. Very competitive. He has pretty good ball skills, finding and turning and locating the ball,” he said.
“He has good anticipation. Sometimes his eyes get him in trouble, because he’s on a mission to intercept balls and he’ll guess a little bit. He's also a bit overweight. [177 pounds], you’d wish he’d be a little bit bigger. But he’s not afraid to tackle. He’ll throw his body at people.”
2. Scout’s view: McCreight highlighted Jack Jones (No. McCreight chose Jack Jones (No.
“Outstanding instincts and eyes. A tremendous feel for routes, and outstanding ball skills and hands,” McCreight said on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast.
“He has the physical ability. He’s big enough [5-foot-10 6/8]. He’s fast enough. He does little things. He’s blocked punts in high school. He’s blocked kicks in his career.
These were my favorite picks in each round.
1 I Ekwonu – CAR
2 T McBride (AZ).
3 J Tolbert (DAL).
4 J Jones (NE)
5 M Washington, DEN
6 M Araiza, (BUF).
7 J Carter (CHI)
FA W Dunkle, G Prince (JAX),
— TJ McCreight (@NFLTJ25) May 16, 2022
“He has ball production; he can catch. He picked-six [vs. Arizona]The ball was thrown into the stands by a runner. He’s got some moxie. … To me, that was a steal because he’s going to get coached well in New England now. And you have a guy who is a playmaker.”
3. Differing views: McCreight’s report on Jones was in contrast to others, with Ourlads, Dane Brugler of The Athletic, and Lance Zierlein of NFL.com among those rating Jones in the range of a seventh round/priority free agent, and ESPN senior draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. opining that he “.” It is a reminder of differing opinions in scouting.
4. Opening thoughts Safety and captaincy of the Patriots for many yearsmade the point last year that when the team plays road games in Miami, “It’s always a little bit of a shock in pregame.” In 2014, he also said, “Whether it’s the beginning of the season or December, to try to get your body ready for that heat … .” Given that the Patriots open the 2022 season at the Dolphins, it wouldn’t be surprising if Belichick had McCourty’s words in mind and considered leaving for South Florida earlier than the traditional Saturday departure. This would allow his team to practice in these conditions for at least a few days.
5. Patricia’s impact: It is unclear who will replace Josh McDaniels, the Patriots' offensive playcaller. Matt Patricia, whose main background in the NFL is on defense, is one of the candidates to fill this void. Patricia is often seen in practice with the offensive-linemen, as well as tackle.said on The Pat McAfee Podcast: “His perspective coming from the other side of the ball, I think that will help us take huge strides this year.”
One observation by a reporter from spring practices was that the Patriots seemed more focused on running than normal, which could be due to Patricia's new blocking schemes.
6. Dugger’s goal: Third-year safety, the team’s top draft pick from the 2020 draft (second round, 37th), is coming off a season in which he was third on the team with 84 tackles and tied for second with four interceptions. He’s often easy to overlook because of his soft-spoken nature, but Dugger said one area he’s focused on in 2022 is “starting to embrace the vocal part and communication, and the importance of being a vocal leader more than I have in the past.”
7. Division II dominance Dugger (Lenoir Rhyne), and rookie defensive tackleThe Patriots are home to two of the three last winners of the Cliff Harris Award, which recognizes the best defensive player in Division 2. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, this makes the Patriots the third team to have two Cliff Harris Award winners on their roster, joining the 2021 Bears ( , ) 2020 Jets (Christian, and ).
8. Humphrey File: An ex-Saints receiverThe Patriots signed Humphrey to a one-year contract last week. He is 6-foot-4, 225 lbs and has the best chance of sticking projects to be on their practice squad. Humphrey didn’t play in last year’s Week 3 Saints-Patriots game, but the Patriots saw plenty of him in film study as he had a 27-yard catch over the middle in a Week 2 loss to the Panthers.
9. Did you know that Part I is available? Humphrey’s unique first name comes from his older brother wanting him to be named after Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
10. Did you know that Part II is available? The 2022 season will see the Eagles and Patriots play five games in a short week (with less than seven days between each game). The Falcons, Jets and Jaguars play the least (two each).