Seeking a puntback, the New England Patriots hired cornerback Cyrus Jones, who was in the training squad of the Baltimore Ravens (practice squad), on Wednesday (19).
Also on Tuesday, the Pats brought back wide receiver Corey Coleman to the training cast, and dismissed running back Kenjon Barner, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Jones, who was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft by New England Patriots himself, is back in the Foxborough franchise. He has signed a two-year contract, according to journalist Adam Schefter of the US ESPN.
The Patriots dismissed Jones during the final cast cuts before the regular season on September 1.
After a rather complicated rookie season in 2016, cornerback missed the entire 2017 NFL season because of a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament suffered during the last pre-season game.
At the training camp in 2018, he never managed to stand out in the race for a reserve spot with Jonathan Jones, veteran Jason McCourty and freshmen J.C. Jackson and Keion Crossen, all having won their places in the cast.
Now, after just two games in the current season, Cyrus is back and arrives to do the main role of punts.
Although Jones faced difficulties as a returning pitcher in his freshman season with the Pats, he did well in that role during his college football career, adding 46 returns for 618 yards and four touchdowns.
Cyrus Jones is originally from the University of Alabama.
Check out more NFL deals this Wednesday (19):
– The Detroit Lions brought back cornerback DeShawn Shead, likely to be an extra option for the position while Darius Slay, the team’s main cornerback, continues to recover from a concussion.
Shead initially signed with Detroit during the free agency in March, and it looked like he would be starting on the opposite side of Slay. However, he eventually lost space in the cast for Nevin Lawson and Teez Tabor.
A quadriceps injury kept him out of two pre-season games. Shead performed a lot in the Lions’ last engagement in the preseason, but was cut short a few days later.
Former Seattle Seahawks starter DeShawn Shead has 154 tackles combined two interceptions, 24 misaligned passes, three forced fumbles and a sack in 54 regular-season career games so far.
– The San Francisco 49ers dismissed offensive lineman Matt Tobin to make room for linebacker Reuben Foster’s return. The defender returns to the team after serving a two-game suspension at the start of the season.
The information was confirmed by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.
– The Los Angeles Chargers are testing defensive end Kony Ealy, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. Ealy was dismissed by the Dallas Cowboys shortly before the season.
The Chargers are also testing Anthony Lanier, a former defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The Minnesota Vikings dismissed nose tackle David Parry to make room for defensive tackle Tom Johnson, who was brought back by the team last Tuesday.
– The New York Giants hired fullback Elijhaa Penny, who was in the training squad of the Arizona Cardinals.
– Cincinnati Bengals has announced it has shut down running back Thomas Rawls, former Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets, and dismissed the injured Tra Carson.