6. Cyrus Jones (2nd round pick)
Total snaps: 46
Percentage of total defensive snaps: 23.35%
Week 1 snaps: 5
Week 2 snaps: 8
Week 3 snaps: 33
Cyrus Jones has made two tackles on settled defense thus far, with the majority of his contributions to the team coming via special teams. The Alabama product has returned two kickoffs for 24 and 26 yards, as well as three punt returns with an average of 11.0 yards per return. He hasn’t always displayed the surest hands returning punts, but that can probably be chalked up to rookie nerves.
We saw Jones’ playing time increase substantially in Week 3 with 33 snaps against the Texans. That could be an indication that the Patriots want to slip Jones into the No. 3 cornerback role ahead of sophomore pro Coleman.
Going forward, we’re hoping to see Jones crack open a punt return and make his presence felt more on pass defense. Reasonable goals for Jones this season include a punt return touchdown and a few interceptions.
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