Data Scout Notes: 2014: (+) 10-23-14 Shoulder INJ, Out for 2014/DS #6 Sr CB-#104/1000 Overall, Projected Round 3 in 2015 Draft...2013: NA...2012: NA...2011: #15rFrCB
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12/21/15 - CB Byron Jones dislocated his left kneecap in Saturday's game against the Jets. But he popped it back into place and stayed in the game. The Cowboys list him day to day but he should be ready for the Bills game.
12/03/15 - CB Byron Jones is back to starting at safety after starting at cornerback the past two games with Morris Claiborne injured.
"I'm not particularly great at any position yet, so I'm just bouncing around until I find a home," Jones said. "At some point I'd like to settle down, but right now I'm just happy to play some football honestly."
The versatility Jones has showed in the secondary is something the Cowboys have liked since the day they used their first-round pick on him. Jones has nine passes defended over the past six weeks, including two against the Panthers on Thanksgiving when he filled in for Claiborne at cornerback for the second straight week.
"He's done a lot of good things at different spots for such a young player," head coach Jason Garrett said. "It's not like he hasn't played these positions before. He played safety for two years in college and played corner for two years. I think he's demonstrated a comfort level at each of them."
11/24/15 - CB Byron Jones had a rough game Sunday against the Dolphins. He gave up two deep pass plays, a 47-yarder caught by Jarvis Landry late in the second quarter that set up a Miami touchdown and a 29-yard TD caught by Kenny Stills. Jones limped off the field with an ankle injury on the second to last play of the game. But the Cowboys' first-round pick insisted the ankle was fine on Monday, and is looking forward to using Sunday's game as a learning experience going forward. In particular, he blamed poor footwork at the start of the TD play as something he must improve on.
"I gave up two big plays. That's something as a DB you can't do," Jones said. "I was reminded by how small the margin of error out there at cornerback is. Two bad plays can really change the whole game."
Jones made his first career start at cornerback in place of Morris Claiborne, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury. He has spent most of the season playing safety, but the Cowboys like his versatility in the secondary and he was the best option with Claiborne down. For the season, Jones has a team-leading nine passes defended, a tackle for loss and 39 tackles.
11/02/15 - FS Byron Jones is the new starter at free safety in place of J.J. Wilcox. Jones, a 2015 first-round pick who came to the Cowboys billed as a potential impact player at cornerback and safety, started in place of Wilcox against the Seahawks Sunday.
10/28/15 - CB Byron Jones' playing time has increased, making him a big part of the Cowboys defense. The first-round pick played 40-of-53 defensive snaps last week against the Giants, all at safety, and made seven tackles and defended against two passes.
He subbed for starting safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox on different series during the game, and Jones also received playing time in the nickel and the dime packages. "Byron's done a good job," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "So you want to get those guys out there. He played a lot against New England, covering (Rob) Gronkowski and did a good job with that responsibility. He's an interesting guy because he can play both corner and safety. We just wanted to give him some chances out there, and the way the plan was this week, we felt like rotating him in a series or so each half was the best way to get him out there. And I thought he handled the work well."