Patriots may turn to rookie Jack Jones as the replacement for J.C. Jackson

NFL: JUN 07 New England Patriots Minicamp
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The past year has seen the Patriots move on from a pair of high-quality cornerbacks. So with Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson gone, where will the Patriots turn at a fairly important position, especially with the likes of Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, Jaylen Waddle, Gabriel Davis, and Garrett Wilson in the division?

Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, rookie fourth-rounder Jack Jones could be a Week One starter at cornerback for the Patriots.

Reiss points out that Jones started across from Jalen Mills during a mandatory minicamp practice. And Jones has won the endorsement of his college head coach, Herm Edwards of Arizona State.

“It’s a good spot for him [New England], as there will be people there to keep the thumb on him,” Edwards said, per Reiss. “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. Loves football. Loves competing. Once he’s in the building, on the field, he’s all about football now.”

“Handful” could be a bit of an understatement. Reiss explains that Jones originally went to USC. He was arrested for breaking into a restaurant in 2019. He pleaded guilty to second-degree misdemeanor commercial burglary. He left USC over academic issues, went to a junior college, and then made his way to Arizona State. In 2020, he was suspended for fighting during practice.

Contenders for playing time on the outside are Mills, Jones, Malcolm Butler, and Terrance Mitchell.

Jones is on the small side, at 5’11” and 175 pounds.

“He’s a very explosive athlete,” Edwards said. “Very competitive. He has pretty good ball skills, finding and turning and locating the ball. . . . 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. And weight-wise, you’d wish he’d be a little bit bigger. But he’s not afraid to tackle. He’ll throw his body at people.”

To thrive in New England, it’s always a combination of body and brain. He’ll need to do what the coaches tell him to do. He’ll need to be able to access and implement that coaching and teaching when it’s time to perform.

Regardless, the Patriots are in the midst of a dramatic transition at a fairly important position. Two years after they had arguably the best twosome at cornerback, coach Bill Belichick needs to find a pair of players who can get it done.

30 responses to “Patriots may turn to rookie Jack Jones as the replacement for J.C. Jackson

  1. A rookie 4th rounder is going to face Stefon Diggs, Tyreek and Elijah Moore 6x this year? Another dumb move by the most overrated coach in NFL history.

  2. Well, J.C. Jackson was undrafted and turned out fine; so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he follows suit.

  3. He seems to have a boatload of character issues.
    Money will make all that go away. s/

  4. Don’t forget the other Jones, Marcus, that was drafted in the third round. He’s probably better than jack but cannot play yet because of a shoulder injury. He should be ready for training camp.

  5. Another Pats pick that was touted as at least a 2 round reach. We shall see if the Belichick is a terrible GM crows holds any water with this draft. I know whom I’m betting on.

  6. Miami is already favored -3 in the season’s first game against the Patriots. With this news, I think the line is going to move another -14.

  7. I never worry about the Patriots at the CB position. They always manage to coach up someone. Just their list of undrafted CBs over the past few years is impressive, not to mention drafted. Both JC Jackson and Malcom Butler were undrafted and signed huge FA deals.

  8. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says:
    June 19, 2022 at 6:48 pm
    I never worry about the Patriots at the CB position. They always manage to coach up someone. Just their list of undrafted CBs over the past few years is impressive, not to mention drafted. Both JC Jackson and Malcom Butler were undrafted and signed huge FA deals.

    12Rate This

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    You can smell the fear from here.

    BB is quietly keeping costs down while bringing in new blood, and with every clear, positive piece of info we get, they get more and more nervous, spouting mortifying fake info that doesn’t match the reality.

    It’s going to be funny looking at people’s faces or reading posts here, as the Mac Jones Era continues and the resurgence of what BB builds, continues on and on.

    lol

  9. I love how people talk like it wasn’t JCJ on the field in the last two Bills losses getting spanked by Diggs. Lol

  10. It’s going to be a Looooooong season for the Patriots secondary as well as their fans.

    There is no doubt the other three teams in the division all have NE penciled in as a last place team, yes even the Jets. Jets have a young inexperienced roster for sure but they have significantly more talent than the Patriots.

    They’ve had their hey day and now will pay for it.

    They couldn’t beat Miami before the Dolphins loaded up and they still had JC Jackson. What’s going to happen now? That rookie OG won’t move the move one bit for this club.

  11. tedmurph says:
    June 19, 2022 at 2:03 pm
    Another Pats pick that was touted as at least a 2 round reach. We shall see if the Belichick is a terrible GM crows holds any water with this draft. I know whom I’m betting on.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Me too, and it’s not BB

  12. touchback6 says:
    June 19, 2022 at 6:37 pm
    BB may have done it again, which isn’t surprising. Genius.
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    The Pats went 3-7 against teams that finished the season with a winning record in 2021. That doesn’t count the playoff beat down. Genius!

  13. Somehow “Mac Jones” and “Era” doesn’t seem logical in the same sentence. You usually don’t associate “Era” with a guy who probably at best, the 10th best QB in his conference. That’s kind of like calling it the “Ryan Mallett Era”.

  14. Mac Jones Era continues
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    I think offense will be better (maybe quite a bit better) than last season. I think the pass game steps up. Pats do not have a receiver that would be a 1 on any other good team but that’s ok if Jones spreads it around. Pats run game imo is kinda overrated but they won’t lean on them as much in 2022. I expect a well balanced offense. The 3 pass game was ridiculous and I don’t expect that to happen again. Not worried about the OL. They’ve found a way to make it work plugging anyone in and I expect that to happen again.

    Defense overall takes a step back. They were ok last season even if the season ended poorly- but I think they will at least be better at rushing the passer. A second year jump from Barmore will be nice. Not sure why Judon disappeared in the last quarter of the season I assume that doesn’t happen again. They’re not facing a ton of elite passers. They are facing the AFC Champs though. Looking forward to seeing how BB schemes someone like Jack Jones against Chase and company. And the Bills and Diggs/Knox/Davis obviously.

  15. For sh*ts and giggle i watch video on every “Mr Interception” JC Jackson over last 4 years. Exactly 4 of 25 were contested coverage. Rest were tips, poor qb decisions and badly thrown balls. We added 4 good cb through trade and draft and get Jon Jones back. I have no issue at CB. Mills was great in second half when he got comfortable and they went to more zone. No reason Jack Jones cant secure that CB2 position as he is very sticky and aggressive ball hawk is an older rookie with pro coaching. Butler, Wilson and Marcus J in sub packages and entire group is way better… I don’t think we will miss JC at all honestly.

  16. All these Belichick believers will blame everyone but Belichick in the coming season.

  17. One thing you can say about the Patriots, they are a offensive lineman, defensive back and running back factory. I would NOT be shocked to see one or two of the Patriots defensive backs becoming elite players.

  18. He was far more of a field general than Brady ever was

    ++++++

    Really? Then how come he didn’t know how come he didn’t know how to play football when his favorite plays (to WR BEHIND defenders) were taken away?

  19. I’m not seeing how that defense upgraded – and they needed to upgrade.

    Barmore is a real standout, but there isn’t much else there to work with.

  20. Given Mac Jones will be in the MVP conversation this season, the Patriots can afford for the defense to take a step back. The offense is about to take off.

  21. tedmurph says:
    June 19, 2022 at 2:03 pm
    Another Pats pick that was touted as at least a 2 round reach. We shall see if the Belichick is a terrible GM crows holds any water with this draft. I know whom I’m betting on.
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    Some of the picks will work out, some will nit. The BB haters and fanboys will focus on the ones that fit their narrative. Those in the know will understand its a process and focus instead on the team as a whole.

  22. William Lee says:
    June 20, 2022 at 12:15 pm
    Jake1057,

    Let us wait and see if they are still a factory without Brady.
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    Because without Brady behind him whats a DB to do right?

  23. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    June 20, 2022 at 12:42 pm
    Given Mac Jones will be in the MVP conversation this season, the Patriots can afford for the defense to take a step back. The offense is about to take off.
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    No NFL team ever can afford to have their defense take a step back.

  24. CRSM

    I was talking about OL and RB.

    BTW, most of Pats defenders would be just another player if without playing in big games.

  25. nhpats2011 says:
    June 19, 2022 at 10:23 am
    Josh Allen must be salivating
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    Actually, Josh Allen was salivating when JC Jackson was covering Diggs.

  26. LOL so now it seems JC Jackson is Deion Sanders in his prime lololol

    The Tommy fan club is so freaking triggered by Coach Belichick and it’s absolutely hysterical! 😂😂😂😂😂

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