Cornerback Derrick Jones continues to make a name for himself consistently in New York Jets training camp.
So far throughout training camp, New York Jets cornerback Derrick Jones has been having a strong showing at each and every practice. He’s been making big defensive stops, doing well in his assignments, and best of all has been making interceptions.
Yes, Jones has even intercepted rookie quarterback Sam Darnold in training camp and is making a great name for himself as he will likely be a key contributor in the future. While he might not land a starting spot, Jones will undoubtedly make the final 53-man roster of the Jets.
Ideally, Jones should find himself as quality depth at cornerback for the Jets and likely see himself subbed in as relief for the starters ahead of him. Not only is Jones above expectations in training camp but has a solid skill-set that can be disruptive for the receiving targets he’s covering.
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Even head coach Todd Bowles has noticed that entering his second season in the pros, he’s executing well and handling everything in stride. In an article written by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, here is what Bowles said about how Jones continues to have a strong training camp:
“Mentally, he’s come back a lot sharper,” Todd Bowles said. “He’s not swimming like he was last year. So, from that standpoint he’s been outstanding. He’s in great shape and he’s not swimming, so the game slows down for him some. It will be interesting to see how he plays (moving forward).”
Jones is a part of a defensive secondary that will likely be the biggest strength of the Jets this upcoming season. With top cornerbacks in Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne to solid safeties in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, this part of the Jets defense has the talent to make it elite.
Jones will figure to be a part of it as he can only continue to evolve from here on out. As the Jets are looking to bounce back from two straight losing seasons, it will be young overachievers like Jones that should continue to push the envelope for the team moving forward. Keep an eye on him throughout preseason action and especially when you see No. 31 on the gridiron during the regular season.