Another tumultuous tenure comes to an end as the Patriots waive CB Jack Jones

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Barely 24 hours after returning from Frankfurt, the Patriots immediately addressed concerns that have been brewing for much of the season.

After lots of rumors and speculation surrounding Jack Jones's status with the team, NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo announced that the cornerback was being waived by the team on Monday morning, an expected yet unexpected move during the bye week.

His selection in the 2022 draft drew some criticism due to his alleged controversial behavior during his time in college. But the Patriots viewed the move as a high-risk, high-reward situation, and early on, it looked to be completely worth it.

Jones flashed during his rookie season, with one of his more memorable moments coming against the Packers. He accomplished something only three others have against Aaron Rodgers: a pick-6 against the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Not only that, Jones was just the second player to do that against Rodgers at Lambeau Field, which garnered the young cornerback a lot of hype the rest of the season.

Unfortunately, the rest of his rookie season was mostly quiet on the field but alleged behind-the-scenes behavior led to his suspension to end the year.

Although there was excitement for what he could do in 2023, his off-season run-in with the law, on top of whatever the reason was for his suspension, made it more questionable.

After eventually having the case dismissed against him, it seemed like the fairytale between Jones and the Patriots had already been tarnished. He wasn't performing like a player who had improved after gaining experience through one year, and Bill Belichick decided to bench him for the start of New England's Week 9 game against the Commanders.

That seems to have been the catalyst to his eventual fate announced on Monday.

Jones allegedly missed curfew the night before that game and was used in a limited capacity against the Colts this past Sunday. Mike Giardi of the Boston Sports Journal revealed, “Jones’ behavior/engagement this past week and in Germany wasn’t to the level the team had hoped after his previous incident [the initial benching].” It's likely what led to being cut as soon as they returned to the States.

It's an unfortunate turn of events for a player who looked promising, and he becomes the latest member of the Patriots 2022 draft class no longer on the team.