Byron Jones
Byron Jones
26-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Dallas Cowboys
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jones put together another solid season as a safety in 2017, scoring his first career touchdown and recording his second straight 80-tackle campaign, but his numbers still seemed somewhat disappointing given his first-round pedigree and off-the-charts athleticism. Rather than try again, the Cowboys will move the 25-year-old back to cornerback this season, where his size could make him a prototypical press corner for new secondary coach and former Legion of Boom mastermind Kris Richard. Jones' IDP production will almost certainly slip with the position change, but he could make a bigger impact on the Dallas defense if Richard can mold him into a physical, shut-down defender on the outside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $8.6 million contract with the Cowboys in June of 2015. Cowboys exercised $6.27 million team option for 2019 in April of 2018.
Breakout in 2018
CBDallas Cowboys
January 19, 2019
Jones finished the regular season with 67 tackles and a career-high 14 passes defended.
Secondary coach Kris Richard has a track record of developing long, physical corners, and Jones became his latest success story after spending the first three seasons of his career bouncing between cornerback and safety. The 26-year-old graded out as one of the best CBs in the league according to Pro Football Focus, and he was the very definition of a shutdown corner by not allowing a single touchdown reception in coverage all year. While he doesn't put up great IDP numbers, Jones should combine with Chidobe Awuzie to give Dallas an impressive pair of athletic and impressive young secondary pieces heading into 2019.
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Measurables Review
How do Byron Jones' measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 0"
205 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.43 sec
Shuttle Time
3.94 sec
Cone Drill
6.78 sec
Vertical Jump
44.5 in
Broad Jump
147 in
Hand Length
10.00 in
Arm Length
32.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Listed generally as a corner, Jones should see the majority of his time at safety in a Dallas defense that lost Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox in free agency -- a longtime starter and longtime top backup, respectively. Jones theoretically might have untapped upside given that he possesses almost Olympic-quality athleticism, but even if he makes no improvements from here, he should have solid IDP utility after totaling 88 tackles and an interception last year. Particularly with Church and Wilcox gone, the potential for improved tackle production seems quite plausible.
The Cowboys made full use of Jones' versatility last year, moving him between corner and safety as team need and game situation dictated, and while the lack of a defined starting role limited his production the rookie still managed 66 tackles in 16 games. Heading into 2016, Jones is expected to be the full-time free safety and while that role likely won't come with the kind of tackle numbers routinely put up by teammate Barry Church, Jones has the speed and world-class athleticism to pull down what could be the first of many NFL interceptions in his career.
Jones showed incredible athleticism at the Scouting Combine after a productive college career for Connecticut, and is expected to compete for a starting spot at cornerback after being selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2015 draft
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Double-digit tackles Sunday
CBDallas Cowboys
October 8, 2018
Jones recorded 10 tackles (eight solo) and two passes defensed across 80 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
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Retained for fifth year
CBDallas Cowboys
April 22, 2018
The Cowboys picked up Jones' fifth-year option Sunday, Drew Davison of The Dallas Star-Telegram reports.
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Making move to corner for 2018 season
CBDallas Cowboys
April 16, 2018
Jones is officially moving over to corner for the 2018 season, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Could shift back to corner in 2018
CBDallas Cowboys
February 14, 2018
Jones, who has predominantly played safety the last two seasons, could be moved to cornerback in 2018, Todd Archer of reports.
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Racks up 82 tackles in 2017
CBDallas Cowboys
January 10, 2018
Jones finished the regular season with 82 tackles (57 solo), five passes defended, a forced fumble and an interception returned for a touchdown in 16 games.
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