Byron Jones
Byron Jones
26-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Dallas Cowboys
Injury Hip
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.
Looks good in rehab
CBDallas Cowboys
April 16, 2019
Jones is progressing well in his rehab after hip surgery, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports.
Jones isn't expected to do much, if anything, during OTAs, but any optimism is a good sign. In his fourth year, Jones was outstanding with 67 tackles and 14 pass breakups through 16 games. Jones is still targeting a return for training camp.
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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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May open training camp on PUP list
CBDallas Cowboys
April 11, 2019
Jones (hip) could start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Gets surgery on hip
CBDallas Cowboys
March 29, 2019
Jones had hip surgery Wednesday but still hopes to be ready for the start of training camp,'s Todd Archer reports.
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Breakout in 2018
CBDallas Cowboys
January 19, 2019
Jones finished the regular season with 67 tackles and a career-high 14 passes defended.
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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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