Under normal circumstances, a player like Jack Jones, entering just his second NFL season, wouldn't be on a list about being on the roster bubble heading into training camp. Still, given the circumstances the cornerback finds himself in, it seems more likely that he will compete for a spot on the team this summer.
After the performance he had during his rookie year, Jones was expected to be more involved in the Patriots secondary this year. With Devin McCourty retiring and Jalen Mills moving to safety, an opportunity opened up for the younger cornerbacks to work their way to being a starter alongside Jonathan Jones.
And for much of the spring, it looked like it would come down to Christian Gonzalez and Jones for that spot.
Jones had been impressive throughout OTAs and minicamp, with even Belichick taking the time to mention the progress he had seen from him already. Everything looked great for the once-labeled troubled player until he got into a sticky situation in late May.
That's when Jones was arrested at the Boston airport, receiving several charges that, if convicted, could require significant jail time.
Fortunately for him, the Patriots didn't immediately release him upon hearing the news. However, that is still a possibility overall, mainly depending on the outcome of his case.
Any punishments won't be known until Jones appears in court in August, and it will be interesting to see if he shows up to training camp in the weeks before.
Of course, there's hope that everything will get worked out and he will be able to continue his future in the NFL, but these are serious charges he's dealing with, making his position on the Patriots and his NFL career uncertain.