While the trade for J.C. Jackson took a little sting out of the Christian Gonzalez injury, another reinforcement for the New England Patriots secondary may come just in time to take on Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs and the Buffalo Bills Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
That reinforcement comes by the name of Jack Jones who was activated from injured reserve and signed to the Patriots’ 53-man roster on Saturday.
Jones, who spent the first six weeks on injured reserve with a (cough) hamstring injury suffered in training camp, had a tumultuous offseason in which he was arrested for allegedly having two loaded firearms in his luggage at Logan Airport. Jones saw those charges dropped, but with no punishment coming down from the league or the team, one has to wonder about that stint on the injured list.
While that is just speculation and a nod at how the Patriots and NFL teams handle off-the-field issue (at times), the good news for the Patriots’ defense is that Jack Jones is back in the mix and the timing couldn’t come at a better time as the Patriots have 16 players listed on the injured list.
New England Patriots secondary could use a boost with the return of Jack Jones
Could Jones be the answer against Allen and the Bills?
After a strong rookie season and training camp, he certainly won’t hurt the secondary as the possibility of Jackson, Jonathan Jones and Jack Jones along with Jabrill Peppers, Kyle Dugger and Adrian Phillips at safety should give Bill Belichick a defensive backfield that will at least be competitive and physical with Buffalo’s playmakers.
Currently at 1-5 with most of the issues on the offensive side of the ball, a strong defensive performance is needed from the secondary, especially with the team’s two top pass rushers not available in this game to put pressure on Allen in the pocket.
Belichick may turn to his safeties to play more up in the box which will leave Jackson and either Jack or Jonathan Jones to play man. That would be a risk, but desperate for a win, the Patriots will need to be aggressive defensively to hopefully create a turnover or two to spark Mac Jones and the offense.
After six weeks on injured reserve, it may be a lot to put on Jack Jones having a major impact, but just his presence should be a boost for the team and will at the very least add some swag in that secondary.
J.C Jackson and Jack Jones is as confident as they come.
It’s game day ya’ll.