Philadelphia Eagles debate table: Can Sidney Jones really get any better?

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If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, can you honestly say that you don’t believe that Jones has reached his ceiling?

Even after being given his NFL version of a redshirt, years later, even if Jones is injured, we should be able to argue that an injured Jones, a man that got first-round grades from so many pro scouts, should be better than some other starters on other teams who are completely healthy.

We know that, if Zach Ertz is hurt and playing, he’s still better than most of the game’s tight ends. We know that Fletcher Cox at eighty-percent strength is still one of the game’s best defensive tackles.

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Instead, the “Birds” are always, seemingly in need of cornerback help, and no one knows if the second-rounder can beat out Avonte Maddox, a man Philly took in the fourth round of 2018’s NFL Draft, for a starting gig on the opposite side of Darius Slay. Not only that, but we also can’t say definitively that he’s a better backup slot corner than  Cre’Von LeBlanc. That shouldn’t be the case.

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It isn’t over for Jones by any means. 2020 is a contract season, and he could surprise us. Here’s the thing though. No one would be surprised if Jones shocks us after what we saw at the end of last season, but again, those were some of his best moments.

They came against non-playoff teams. How do we know that isn’t the best he has to offer, an occasional pass breakup versus the Dallas Cowboys or an interception versus the New York Giants in a game that’s already been decided? It’s a fair question