Byron Jones
Byron Jones
27-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Miami Dolphins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Dolphins didn't hesitate to make Jones the highest-paid cornerback in the league just after he hit free agency (though Darius Slay has since surpassed that mark), inking him to a five-year, $82.5 million contract. That move slots the former Cowboy into the role of anchoring Miami's secondary for the foreseeable future, where he'll put his elite athleticism and size to use in becoming a second potential shutdown force alongside Xavien Howard. An ankle injury forced Jones to sit out Week 17 with Dallas in 2019, the only contest he's missed in 80 career regular-season tilts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Dolphins in March of 2020.
Foundational role on tap
CBMiami Dolphins
July 1, 2020
The Dolphins are relying on Jones (ankle) to anchor the defense alongside Xavien Howard in 2020, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
ANALYSIS
The five-year, $82.5 million deal Jones inked with Miami in March made him the league's highest-paid cornerback at the time, and the team's success on defense relies on him playing up to his hefty salary. Having proven himself to be one of the best press corners in the league over past five seasons in Dallas, Jones stands to be matched up against the most physical opposing receivers and tight ends that the Dolphins face in 2020. If he and Howard are indeed able to live up to their potential as arguably the league's most imposing cornerback duo, it wouldn't only improve the secondary, but it would also free up coach Brian Flores to employ for aggressive blitzes.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Miami DolphinsDolphins 2019 CB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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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.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
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
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Jones' shift to cornerback under new secondary coach Kris Richard was a huge success in every way. The fourth-year DB used his size and elite athleticism to became a shutdown monster, and while he didn't record an interception - largely because teams stopped throwing his way much as the season progressed - his 14 passes defended were a career high. After undergoing hip surgery in the offseason, Jones should be 100 percent by training camp and later a key part of the Cowboys defense in 2019.
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.
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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Lands in Miami
CBDallas Cowboys
Ankle
March 16, 2020
The Dolphins signed Jones (ankle) to a contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Will hit free agency
CBDallas Cowboys
Ankle
February 29, 2020
The Cowboys are expected to let Jones (ankle) test free agency, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.
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Battles through injuries in 2019
CBDallas Cowboys
Ankle
January 3, 2020
Jones (ankle) wrapped up the 2019 season with 46 tackles (37 solo), six passes defended and a forced fumble in 15 games.
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Won't play in finale
CBDallas Cowboys
Ankle
December 29, 2019
Jones (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Redskins, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
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Likely unavailable
CBDallas Cowboys
Ankle
December 29, 2019
Jones (ankle) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Redskins, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.
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