In 2007, after the cornerback formerly known as Pacman received a one-year suspension from the NFL, few imagined he’d be playing again the following year. Even fewer would have predicted he’d still be in the league five years later.
He is, and he’s the AFC’s special-teams player of the week for Week Two of the 2012 season.
Jones returned three punts for 90 yards against the Browns, including an 81-yard return that began with Jones deftly weaving through traffic in his own end of the field before busting it open.
It was Jones’ first punt return for a touchdown as a Bengal, and it was the fifth of his career.
Other nominees for the award were Colts safety Joe Legefed, who had five special-teams tackles, Bills punt returner Leodis McKelvin, who returned three punts for 98 yards (including an 88-yard score), and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who was three-for-three on field goals, including a 53-yard game winner.
While Jones has the more compelling story of NFL redemption, a stronger case could be made for giving the award to Vinatieri.