Cyrus Jones Returns to New England

September 20, 2018

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By Kevin Duffy

Boston Herald

The Patriots are circling back with a familiar face to help in the return game.

The team is signing cornerback Cyrus Jones off the Ravens practice squad, a source confirmed to The Herald.

The news was first reported by The Athletic.

Drafted in the second round in 2016, Jones didn’t get off to a strong start in New England. He struggled with ball security as a rookie, although he did show flashes of his game-breaking ability as a punt and kick returner.

Jones tore the ACL in his right knee during the team’s 2017 preseason finale and spent the entire year on injured reserve.

He hardly practiced this past August as he recovered from the injury, and he was released on Sept. 1 as the Pats trimmed their roster to 53 players.

Jones figures to become the team’s primary punt returner. The Pats have returned one punt for zero yards in two games.

New England now has seven cornerbacks on the 53-man roster: Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Jason McCourty, Jonathan Jones, Cyrus Jones, J.C. Jackson, and Keion Crossen.

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