Just under a fortnight following his reprimand for violating the Patriots’ curfew, cornerback Jack Jones finds himself teamless. Monday’s reports from Mike Garafolo of NFL Network Insiders align with New England’s choice to release Jones. His agent, J. Tooson, confirmed and expressed gratitude to the Patriots for selecting Jack in a statement. The Patriots later officially announced Jones’ departure on Monday.
Tooson stated, “We express our appreciation to the Patriots for bringing Jack on board. Armed with considerable talent, Jack eagerly looks forward to making an immediate contribution to his next team, possibly as soon as this Sunday.”
In a surprising turn of events, Jones, once seen as a promising defender, has experienced a rapid fall from grace. Initially drafted from Arizona State in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, he gained recognition for his ball-hawking skills, with two interceptions and a touchdown return in his debut season. Despite participating in 13 games in 2022, including two starts, and being viewed as a key asset for New England’s defense in 2023, his trajectory took a downturn.
On and off the field, Jones faced challenges. He encountered legal issues in June when he was arrested at Logan Airport in Boston for carrying two weapons in his carry-on luggage. Although eight of the nine weapon-related charges were dropped after Jones accepted a year of probation and 48 hours of community service, a hamstring injury delayed his return to action until the beginning of the season.
Jones made his 2023 debut in New England’s Week 7 victory over Buffalo, playing 60.6 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. However, his fortunes took a hit when he was accused of breaking curfew before the Week 9 match against Washington. Head coach Bill Belichick benched him and teammate J.C. Jackson, also charged with curfew violation. Despite traveling with the squad, Jones showed disinterest in the Week 10 game against Indianapolis, playing only the first quarter on the bench. Jackson was not permitted to play. Less than two years after drafting Jones, the Patriots decided to part ways with him following a career-low ten snaps upon his return to the States.
Having begun his college career as a five-star recruit at USC and later finding his way to Arizona State after a junior college stint, Jones is no stranger to adapting to new environments.