Cyrus Jones
Free agent
Position:Cornerback
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-29) November 29, 1993 (age 27)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Gilman School
(Baltimore, Maryland)
College:Alabama
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Total tackles:19
Forced fumbles:0
Pass deflections:0
Interceptions:0
Total return yards:655
Total touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Cyrus Diego Jones Jr. (born November 29, 1993) is an American football cornerback and return specialist of the National Football League (NFL) who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Alabama. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos.

Early years

Jones was born in Baltimore and attended elementary school at the Leith Walk Elementary/Middle School in northeast Baltimore. He played football and baseball in the Northwood neighborhood, also in northeast Baltimore.[1] Jones attended Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. He played cornerback, wide receiver, and running back for the Greyhounds. As a senior, he had 2,365 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns on offense and five interceptions on defense. Jones committed to the University of Alabama to play college football.[2]

College career

Jones played at Alabama from 2012 to 2015.[3] Jones played wide receiver as a freshman in 2012, catching four passes for 51 yards. Prior to his sophomore year in 2013, he moved to cornerback. He played in 11 games with five starts that season and had 25 tackles, two interceptions and one sack. As a junior in 2014, he played in all 14 games and had 46 tackles and three interceptions.[4] As a senior, he played in all 15 games and had 37 tackles and two interceptions.[5] He also was Alabama's punt returner, returning 42 punts for 530 yards and four touchdowns.[6][7] Jones was the Defensive MVP of the 2015 Cotton Bowl after intercepting a redzone pass from Connor Cook with 18 seconds left in the second half to halt Michigan State's momentum and preserve Alabama's eventual 38-0 shutout of the Spartans. In addition, he returned a punt for a touchdown in the victory.[8]

Collegiate statistics

Defensive statistics

Cyrus Jones Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2012 Alabama SEC FR WR 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Alabama SEC SO UT 9 18 7 25 1.5 1.0 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 0
2014 Alabama SEC JR DB 14 36 8 44 2.0 0.0 3 27 0 13 1 13 1 2
2015 Alabama SEC SR DB 15 29 8 37 4.0 0.0 2 21 0 7 1 0 0 2
Career Alabama 83 23 106 7.5 1.0 7 28 0 25 2 13 1 4

Return statistics

Cyrus Jones Kick Returns Punt Returns
Year School Conf Class Pos G Ret Yds TD Ret Yds TD
2012 Alabama SEC FR WR 11 10 250 0 8 61 0
2013 Alabama SEC SO UT 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Alabama SEC JR DB 14 4 77 0 4 82 0
2015 Alabama SEC SR DB 15 42 530 4 1 24 0
Career Alabama 56 857 4 13 167 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 9+78 in
(1.77 m)
197 lb
(89 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
4.49 s 1.55 s 2.62 s 4.21 s 6.71 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
10 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine.[9][10]

New England Patriots

Jones was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (60th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[11] Jones finished his rookie regular season with seven tackles, no pass deflections, and no interceptions. Jones was an occasional return specialist; his returns gained 180 yards, but he also fumbled five times.[12] He played in 10 games during the regular season. On February 5, 2017, Jones's Patriots appeared in Super Bowl LI. He was inactive for the game as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[13][14]

In the Patriots' final preseason game of 2017, Jones suffered a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus and was ruled out for the season.[15] He was officially placed on injured reserve on September 2, 2017.[16]

On September 1, 2018, Jones was waived by the Patriots.[17]

Baltimore Ravens

On September 3, 2018, Jones was signed to the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad.[18]

New England Patriots (second stint)

On September 19, 2018, the Patriots re-signed Jones off Baltimore's practice squad.[19] He was waived on October 6, 2018.[20]

Baltimore Ravens (second stint)

On October 8, 2018, Jones was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Ravens.[21] In Week 12, Jones returned a punt for a 70-yard touchdown in a 34-17 win over the Oakland Raiders, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[22] He was released on November 12, 2019.[23]

Denver Broncos

On November 13, 2019, Jones was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos.[24] He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on November 26, 2019.[25]

Personal life

Jones earned the nickname "Clamp Clampington", which was given for his shutdown corner abilities, while at Alabama.[26]

References

  1. ^ "Baltimore native Cyrus Jones visits his childhood school". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Dunn, Katherine. "Gilman football star Cyrus Jones Jr. commits to Alabama". Baltimore Sun.
  3. ^ "Cyrus Jones College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Zenitz, Matt. "Alabama DB Cyrus Jones feels overlooked nationally, ready to 'show people what I'm all about'". AL.com.
  5. ^ Talty, John. "Alabama CB Cyrus Jones ready and eager to prove doubters wrong". AL.com.
  6. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff. "Former Gilman standout Cyrus Jones working out with Ravens". Baltimore Sun.
  7. ^ Casagrande, Michael. "Cyrus Jones lists one simple reason for Alabama's recent punt return success". AL.com.
  8. ^ Zenitz, Matt. "Jake Coker, Cyrus Jones named Cotton Bowl Offensive, Defensive MVPs following Alabama win". AL.com.
  9. ^ "Combine Player Profile - Cyrus Jones". NFL.com. Retrieved February 6, 2017..
  10. ^ "Cyrus Jones Draft Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved February 6, 2017..
  11. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Cyrus Jones: Career Stats at NFL.com". www.nfl.com.
  13. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "Inactives: Super Bowl LI". New England Patriots. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  15. ^ Hill, Rich (September 1, 2017). "Patriots CB Cyrus Jones knee injury confirmed; out for the season". PatsPulpit.com.
  16. ^ "Patriots reach 53-man limit". Patriots.com. September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017.
  17. ^ "Patriots Announce Roster Cutdown". Patriots.com. September 1, 2018.
  18. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 3, 2018). "Ravens Officially Add Cyrus Jones, Complete Practice Squad". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  19. ^ Reiss, Mike (September 19, 2018). "Seeking punt returner, Patriots sign CB Cyrus Jones". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Patriots release DB Cyrus Jones". Patriots.com. October 6, 2018.
  21. ^ Mink, Ryan (October 8, 2018). "Ravens Bring CB/RS Cyrus Jones Home … Again". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  22. ^ Around the NFL staff (November 28, 2018). "Philip Rivers, Amari Cooper among Players of the Week". NFL.com.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  23. ^ Hensley, Jamison (November 12, 2019). "Ravens add veteran DT Domata Peko in series of moves". ESPN.com.
  24. ^ Swanson, Ben (November 13, 2019). "Broncos claim CB Cyrus Jones off waivers, waive CB Coty Sensabaugh". DenverBroncos.com.
  25. ^ "Broncos claim DB Shakial Taylor off waivers from Colts". DenverBroncos.com. November 26, 2019.
  26. ^ "Patriots rookie Cyrus Jones plans to clamp down on social media". 247 Sports. Retrieved December 21, 2018.