The curious case of Sidney Jones, the CB who couldn’t get going for the Eagles
5 September 2020 Eagles News
Well there goes that!!
The Philadelphia Eagles have to get their roster down to 53 players and one of the biggest casualties was their 2017 second round pick, Sidney Jones.
There’s always going to be some controversial cuts on a day where teams have to make some hard decisions. However, for the Eagles, releasing Jones might not have been too hard after all.
Unfortunately for Jones, he could never stay healthy. He came into the league as a medical redshirt after tearing his Achilles during the draft process. On the Eagles, he couldn’t string together more than five games without getting hurt. His injury history proved to be his downfall as once again, this training camp he was injured for most of it early on.
In his last year of his contract, the Eagles decided to move on. The saying goes, the best ability is availability and Jones just never was available. And, when he was, he didn’t exactly blow the roof off the place.
There’s an exact moment fans have looks back on against the Minnesota Vikings last season where Jones called himself out of the game. This led to his replacement getting burnt and it gave the Eagles coaching staff a bitter pill to swallow. This could be exactly where they decided to give up on him although later in the season, Jones’ fourth down stop against the Dallas Cowboys did ensure playoff football.
A player who came to the Eagles with a ton of potential just couldn’t live up to it. Whether it was the injuries or something else, he could never string together any run of form. He’ll likely get a chance elsewhere to perform, being his age and we wish him nothing but the best.
For the Eagles, this leaves them with Darius Slay, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Avonte Maddox, Cre’von LeBlanc and Craig James at cornerback. We’ll likely see guys like Jalen Mills, Will Parks and K’Von Wallace get some cornerback reps as well. It’s going to be a fun season to say the least, Fly Eagles Fly.
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