Dallas Cowboys first-round pick Byron Jones recently being noticed by veteran safety Barry Church whom praised Jones was a freak athlete with tremendous hands. Jones' competition will be Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne.
The Dallas Cowboys are hopeful that first-round pick Byron Jones will become an immediate starter, and safety Barry Church says the former UConn cornerback is definitely impressive. Barry Church Cowboys Jersey. According to Church, the former UConn cornerback is off to a good start. "Aw, he's a freak athlete. He has tremendous hands. He never lets that ball bobble," Church told KESN-FM on Tuesday. "I definitely see him out going up with the receivers for contested balls and bringing them down. He can jump with the best of them. He just seems like he's super athletic and willing to learn. I'm excited for him."
Jones is less than a week into his first on-field time with the Cowboys. The minicamp ended Sunday and he will be around the veterans for the conditioning program and on-field teaching sessions with the coaches. The position Jones plays -- cornerback -- will generate enough notice in time. The Cowboys need him to play well right away even if he is not a starter right away. J.J. Wilcox Pink Jersey. Even though he has been on the field just three days, he has seen the urgency required from defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli -- "He's a guy, I want him in my corner," Jones said. "I want him to push me." -- and secondary coach Jerome Henderson -- "Any chance he can get to coach me is great for me," Jones said. "I need feedback. I need to know what I do right and what I do wrong."
Church wasn't exaggerating when called Jones a freak. Jones soared 12 feet, 3 inches in the broad jump at the NFL Combine. He broke a world record with his jump. Although there was some pre-draft draft about safety being Jones' best position in the NFL, the Cowboys already have Church and J.J. Wilcox in place. Jones will instead compete for a starting spot at outside cornerback. Drawing comparisons to Prince Amukamara, Jones also offers the requisite size and versatility to play safety. For now, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound rookie gives defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli a longer corner who can battle for the ball with his insane 44 1/2-inch vertical jump.