New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be difficult to please at times, but cornerback Jonathan Jones has been earning regular praise from the five-time Super Bowl champion skipper regularly.
Jones was an undrafted free agent in the Class of 2016 who played collegiately at Auburn. He signed with the Patriots after the draft and earned his way onto the 53-man roster.
Ever since, he’s been earning a larger and larger role for himself on the defense and recent injuries have now made him a regular. And he’s answering the call.
Jones has started in each of the last two weeks and played at least 85 percent of the defensive snaps in wins over the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. In those two starts, Jones has recorded 14 tackles and his first ever sack on Sunday against Miami.
That sack earned him effusive praise from Belichick yet again. Jones was lauded for his technique and his discipline on the play, according to a report from Zack Cox of NESN.com.
Jones hasn’t exactly emerged as a star yet. Pro Football Focus ranks him as the No. 51 cornerback among qualifiers in the NFL and has given him an average grade of 77.5.
However, it’s become clear that Jones is earning Belichick’s trust and that can lead to a long successful career with a lot of opportunities to win championships.