The New England Patriots lost Jonathan Jones to shoulder injury. The Patriots’ primary slot cornerback had to undergo surgery to fix his shoulder after ending up on injured reserve. Jones sustained his injury in the Week 6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Missing an entire season is not the worst problem Jones has at the moment. He has to make his breakfast, and doing this with one arm is really difficult. It’s like a huge challenge!
The fifth-year cornerback joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2016. In six games with the Patriots, he has two pass-breakups and an interception.
Jonathan Jones injury opens door for other players
Jones’ shoulder injury affected the Patriots’ defensive back room. Jones is out due to an injury and Stephon Gilmore was traded at the beginning of the season.
The Patriots were also out without rookie cornerback Shaun Wade due to a concussion for a big chunk of the season. Jalen Mills missed a game due to an ankle injury. Head coach Bill Belichick had to deal with a huge issue on the depth chart. Of course, Patriots coaches didn’t just stay calm and do nothing. They worked out a few veteran cornerbacks since Jones sustained his injury.
Jones’ shoulder surgery gave Myles Bryant a huge opportunity. He was the primary slot cornerback and had more snaps than other defensive backs after making the active roster for Week 7. Belichick considered using Joejuan Williams too.
Safety Devin McCourty wasn’t able to finish the win over the New York Jets. He failed to haul in a diving interception and Bryant had to step in as a deep safety. Mills hit the slot. Patriots defensive backs are really versatile, but this shuffle gave players a huge challenge. Belichick likes versatile players though.
The Patriots won the game against the Los Angeles Chargers and they are on a good way to win more games this season. Belichick had to make some changes and he is pretty happy with the outcome. New England is winning games and that’s actually a good thing.