Former first-rounder Byron Jones has been presented with the opportunity to take leadership of the Cowboys secondary and is excelling in the role.
With the loss of longtime veterans Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, 24-year-old Jones is one the most experienced players of the secondary group.
“Last year I was looking up to those guys that left, and once they left now we’ve got the younger guys looking up to me,” said Jones via Todd Archer of ESPN. “It’s kind of like a natural transition.”
It would be natural to assume that Orlando Scandrick is the go-to veteran in the back end, but for whatever reason Scandrick has not claimed the title.
With the support he is receiving from teammates and coaching staff, this is the ideal opportunity for Jones to solidify a dominance among this group.
Jones held a solid leadership role while attending the University of Connecticut where he demonstrated his natural ability to guide younger players on and off the field.
His “right kind of guy” qualities have been beaming as Jones enters his third season in the NFL.
Aside from having astounding character, Jones is also dominating in the safety position during training camp. He has a remarkable athleticism and we’re getting to see more of it as he breaks up plays between Dak Prescott and Jason Witten and comes down with the ball after making great catches.
Jones had his first career interception last year against Tampa Bay. He is displaying the type of attitude and play-making that reflect a promising season to come.
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