Once upon a time, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Sidney Jones was one of the NCAA’s best cornerbacks.
Cornerback Sidney Jones’ 2019 season was a roller coaster. This time last year people were calling his third season in the NFL one of the make-or-break variety, but here we are again. Coming into his fourth, if he doesn’t earn a prominent role in this secondary, his time in the league could be over.
Philly fans remember his clutch pass breakup to seal the win against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16 of last season, but that was only one of a few scattered highlights. Jones wasn’t just benched. He was a healthy scratch in several games, and the only reason he made any appearance was due to injuries. In six of his 12 games last season, he played in less than 30 percent of defensive snaps.
Jones comes into 2020 with little momentum and if he doesn’t perform early, he could be out the door before the season begins.
The Washington Huskies product has the frame necessary to play cornerback at a high level, but his size is his only saving grace. He has the best build of anybody competing for the job opposite of Slay, but the Eagles’ coaching staff shouldn’t be too optimistic.
Jones just turned 24. He’s in no way a lost cause. There’s still time to figure some things out, but in three seasons he has been unable to return to what we saw before Achilles injury he suffered in 2017.
Jones is going to have to prove to Jim Schwartz and the rest of the franchise that he can finally turn the corner and resurrect his career into something worth writing home about.