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Cyrus Jones appears to have new attitude following frustrating first 2 seasons

Ryan Hannable
August 13, 2018 - 2:39 pm

FOXBORO -- It has been a tough first two seasons in the NFL for 2016 second-round pick Cyrus Jones.

The cornerback had a tough rookie season where he struggled to even be active on gamedays due to issues in coverage and troubles returning punts, and then last season he tore his ACL during the preseason.

Jones spoke for the first time this summer on Monday and it appears he has adopted a different attitude.

“I’m not trying to focus on frustration,” Jones said. “I’m still blessed to be able to play this game. [I] have an opportunity to still put on a Patriots jersey. I’m just blessed to be able to come out here and run around on a football field. Get the work in, try to get back out here to be the best I can be. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go back out there and have the opportunity to showcase the work I’ve put in.

“I’m not really worried about negative stuff right now — frustration. That’s in the past.”

The Alabama product is easing his way back into things after starting the summer on PUP, but has been heavily involved in punt return reps since coming back to the field.

After tearing his ACL last season, he said he tried to move on as quickly as he could.

“Very quickly, I just tried to move on and rely on my faith, and the fact everything happens for a reason, and take positives from it,” he said. “Anytime you’re a better person off the field, as far as intangible-wise, it carries over to the field.”

Jones is part of the cornerback group which is among the most competitive positions on the team, but with his punt return abilities, that could be his ticket to securing a 53-man roster spot.

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