Heaps: What Sidney Jones’ addition to CB room means for the Seahawks
The Seahawks addressed a key position of need on Monday, trading a sixth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for cornerback Sidney Jones, who starred at the University of Washington.
Jones was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 and he was expected to be drafted even earlier before he tore his Achilles at his pro day.
Since entering the league, Jones has played in 31 games (14 starts) and recorded four interceptions and 19 pass breakups. He joins a cornerback room that has a lot of uncertainty, with D.J. Reed, Ahkello Witherspoon, Tre Flowers and Tre Brown at outside cornerback along with Jones.
So does Jones’ addition mean that room is settled? Here’s what former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps said on Tuesday’s edition of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake and Stacy.
“No, it will not shore it up in the sense of that, ‘OK, we’re good, we’re done. We have found our guys and Sidney Jones is going to come in and be the starter from Day 1,'” he said. “There’s still going to be competition.”
So what exactly does the 6-foot Jones bring to the table for the Seahawks?
“I believe that when you add Sidney Jones to the mix you add talent, you add a veteran presence who’s played games, who’s had successful moments, but is still an unproven player,” Heaps said. “(He was) a high draft pick that had a ton of talent coming out of the University of Washington. He is a ball-hawking, aggressive-type of corner that likes to get his hands on the football, so that is a trait that you really like to see when you watch film of his.”
So what’s the potential downside of Jones?
“But you have just not been able to see him consistently put it together (because of) injuries or just playmaking ability as a whole when he is out there on the field,” Heaps said. “I believe that when you’re talking about where he fits in, him and Ahkello Witherspoon are going to split time to begin the season, and I think you’re going to see how that competition plays out.”
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