Eagles “really confident” Sidney Jones will be same player after Achilles tear

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Cornerback Sidney Jones became a new member of the Eagles in the second round of the draft on Friday night, but it’s still unknown when Jones will be able to get on the field for the team.

Jones tore his Achilles in his pro day workout and will be on a rehab schedule for several more months at least. A recent report from his doctors indicated a return during the season is in the cards, but Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said Friday night that the team didn’t know when Jones will be ready to play.

He did say that the team believes Jones will be the same player he was before the injury when he is ready to go.

“Our doctors and training staff not only looked at corners, but we reached out to teams in other sports,” Roseman said, via CSNPhilly.com. “That gave us a lot of confidence here. There’s no insurance for this, but we feel really confident that with our medical team when he gets here he’s going to be able to be the exact same player he was before the injury. … There’ll be no rushing back from this. We’ll do whatever’s in the best interest of getting Sidney Jones 100 percent. Whatever the timetable is. We’ll defer to the doctors. That will not be our decision.”

The Eagles would obviously like to see Jones help them in 2017, but picking him here means they’re comfortable with trading a year of playing time for a better player once he’s back on the field. That says a lot about how highly they regarded Jones before the injury and how much that full return would mean to the team.

11 responses to “Eagles “really confident” Sidney Jones will be same player after Achilles tear

  1. Demaryius Thomas tore his achilles in February of 2011 and was back for the preseason, only to hurt his finger.

    It’s really not that big of a deal. Far from the Jaylon Smith injury and I would have killed for him.

  2. Every corner in this draft had a flaw of some kind. Lattimore is kind of a project. Conley has sexual assault allegations. Humphrey might not be fast enough to keep up with every receiver. The achilles injury seems to be the only big question wifh Jones, and if that’s the case, then I would say that he’s worth risking a second round pick on.

  3. I do have concern about the Eagles using a 2nd round pick on Sidney Jones. Here are some examples of players who “redshirted” their rookie years and then made no impact for the Eagles the following years.

    Jack Ikegwuonu – 2008 4th round pick for Philadelphia Eagles. Before his injury he was viewed as a 1st round pick. Sat a whole season. Returned to play a few games in 2009 before being released for Jeffrey Pope.

    JaCorey Shepherd – 2015 6th round pick for Philadelphia Eagles. Injured during Training Camp in 2015, though at the time believed likely to be Eagles starting Nickel Back. Released in 2016. (He was signed by the 49ers to a 2 year contract. Has a total of 2 tackles in his NFL career).

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