Bill Belichick goes out of character, offers high praise for Jonathan Jones

Ryan Hannable
August 01, 2019 - 1:04 pm

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick doesn't usually offer high praise for his players, particularly in training camp.

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But, he broke that trend Thursday when he glowed about cornerback Jonathan Jones.

"He's a good player," Belichick said. "He does a really good job. Of course he's versatile, he does a lot of things. Smart, very competitive, tough. I'm glad we have him. He's a good football player."

Belichick isn't exaggerating, either.

Jones has been one of the best players on the field for the Patriots in the first week of training camp. The fourth-year player has had a number of pass breakups, including when going up against some of the better wide receivers on the field.

Not to mention, Jones has tremendous special teams value and has even seen time working as a punt returner with Julian Edelman on NFI with a reported thumb injury.

The Auburn product does have a just over $3 million salary for this year, but by the looks of it so far this summer he's proving his worth.

Cornerback is a very crowded position with a number of players battling for not only a roster spot, but playing time, and Jones has made his case for not only being considered pretty much a lock to make the team, but also a player who could see a lot of snaps each and every week.

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