The Patriots had a disappointing season in 2022, settling for third place in the AFC East with a record of 8-9. In spite of a season that didn't live up to the expectations of Patriots fans everywhere, there were bright spots to be found. Jack Jones was one of those bright spots, drafted in the 4th round by defensive mastermind Bill Belichick.
Building Situation For Patriots DB
Jack Jones has only played one season in the NFL but made a mark last season with exciting play in the Patriots' secondary. Friday night, Jones was arrested at the airport as he attempted to bring two firearms onto an airplane. He was detained at Logan Airport and held for bail totaling $50,000. Several charges were brought against Jones, including unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a concealed weapon in the airport's secure area, along with additional charges.
Patriots' Approach To Player Discipline
Bill Belichick is famous for his consistency in coaching and his ability to handle difficult situations on his team. The Patriot Way is a strong part of the Boston culture of football, and that requires a set of rules that apply to every team member, regardless of stardom or status.
Jack Jones has already experienced the ideals of Belichick's disciplinary structure, ending the 2022 season on a two-game suspension for a lackadaisical approach to his rehab schedule. With a more severe charge in advance of the 2023 season, Jones' may find himself riding the bench to start the season as well.
An Uncertain Future For The Patriots' CB
Jack Jones fell in the 2022 NFL draft over character concerns, both relating to his academic performance and some legal issues that happened during his collegiate career. While Jones displayed an admirable 2022 campaign, logging two interceptions, a touchdown, and three tackles for loss.
With the addition of Christian Gonzalez in the 2023 draft, the Patriots were looking to have a true lockdown secondary in a division that now features the supercharged Josh Allen, former MVP Aaron Rodgers, and the dynamic WR duo of Waddle and Hill. If Jack Jones does end up being punished by the organization to start the season, it could cost the team wins in a division where the margin for error is increasingly slim.
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