2020’s season may be Sidney Jones’ final run with the Philadelphia Eagles.
At the time of this story being published, it’s been over a week since Sidney Jones has been on the field and competing for this Philadelphia Eagles team at the most recent version of the team’s training camp. For the former second-round selection, the timing couldn’t have been worse. You see, for Jones, 2020 is a contract season. Nothing is guaranteed past this season, and Philly, at this point, hasn’t offered him an extension.
Here’s what’s worse. Based on what we’ve seen from him at this point in his career, there’s no guarantee that anyone else would take a serious interest in him if Philly doesn’t. Why would they?
He’s injury-prone. He hasn’t even proven that he’s good enough to beat out guys who came into the league with less fanfare, and now, even his defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who has defended him forever, acknowledged recently that Jones is talented but also that ‘the clock is ticking’. It isn’t ridiculous to think we’re watching Sidney Jones’ final 16 games with the Philadelphia Eagles. Heck, it isn’t difficult to argue that Jones could be left off of the 2020 roster, especially when undrafted rookies like Michael Jacquet and Elijah Riley are nipping at his heels.
So, what if Jones makes this team and these are his final 16 regular-season games? Might Philly go with a young corner early in 2021’s draft? Shaun Wade of the Ohio State Buckeyes might be the cream of this year’s crop. He figures to go in the top ten during next year’s selection meeting, so he may not be available (hopefully, Philly isn’t picking the high).
Here’s how the ITI staff ranks the rest of college football’s best cornerbacks in his same draft class. Don’t blink. One of these guys could replace Sidney Jones and join the Eagles.