Is this finally the final ride for Sidney Jones with the Philadelphia Eagles? Some are hoping that it is.
At this point, it should be obvious that Sidney Jones isn’t a shutdown corner. The argument can be made that his ceiling is a handful of snaps and knowing that he can dress for all 16 games on a yearly basis. That’s how much the corner’s stock has fallen.
In spite of the fact that no one wants to believe this, Howie Roseman has found some talent in the draft during his tenure as general manager. Sidney Jones isn’t one of them. Once upon a time, in 2017, some believed Roseman got big-time value and a starting cornerback when he selected the Washington product on the second round of 2017’s draft.
Here’s the opinion of two experts.
It’s fair to say things haven’t panned out that way. No one thought that a little over two years after his addition that we’d see him be given the designation of being a healthy scratch in last season’s playoff game versus the Seattle Seahawks, yet here we are. Philadelphia fans have to be frustrated that Jones highlights amount to a couple of pass deflections and a couple of interceptions, one in a game that was already decided. There have been no pick-sixes. He doesn’t force any fumbles, just a couple batted passes and that’s it.
Whatever the reason is for Jones not becoming a key for the Eagles secondary, every day that passes ensures he’s becoming more and more of an afterthought in this team’s long-term plans. Maybe it’s his confidence. Everyone processes things differently, but Jones hasn’t been able to perform under the spotlight with any consistency during the first three years of his professional career.
Interestingly, it isn’t as if he gets beaten or gives up big plays on a weekly basis. He just hasn’t been able to get his coaches to believe he’s worthy of being given snaps on a consistent basis. Jones is running out of those chances, and he’s in danger of being thrown into the category of irrelevance.