Sidney Jones Named Eagles’ Breakout Candidate by ESPN
When thinking about the Eagles’ secondary, there is plenty of young talent. Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, and Rasul Douglas all were key members of the Eagles Super Bowl team last season.
One guy who might be the most talented of all was on the team last season, but didn't have any impact on the Eagles Super Bowl season - Sidney Jones.
Even though he didn't have any impact last season, Jones was recently named as a possible breakout player for Philadelphia in ESPN’s Predicting Breakout Candidates for all 32 teams.
The Eagles selected Jones, a Washington product, with a second-round pick in 2017. Logan did not play last season due to a Achilles injury he suffered during his pro day last offseason.
Before the injury, many were predicting Jones to be a top-15 NFL Draft pick, the Eagles selected him with the 43rd overall pick in the second-round.
Despite not playing, ESPN’s Tim McManus said Jones’ athleticism is special, flashing that ability in the time he has been back since the injury.
The second-round pick out of Washington missed all but one game of his rookie season as he recovered from a torn Achilles. Now back in action, he has flashed the athleticism and ability that made him one of the most coveted defensive backs in the 2016 NFL draft. The Eagles are experimenting with him in the slot. Wherever he ends up, they're expecting big things out of Jones.
Currently, Jones is listed as the second-string corner on the depth chart behind Jalen Mills.
Seeing Jones as a breakout candidate this year isn't very surprising, considering he was such a highly regarded player in last years draft, but the one thing that could hamper his ability to have a breakout type of season will be playing time.
Currently listed in front of Jones at cornerback are Mills and Darby, and he has been battling for the slot corner position with rookie Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas and De'Vante Bausby.
Before joining the Eagles, Jones compiled 8.5 career tackles for loss, nine interceptions, and six forced fumbles for the Huskies, starting 39-of-40 games.
In the Eagles’ first two preseason games of 2018, Jones has been active, with eight total tackles, and two passes defended.