The Dallas Cowboys 2015 first-round draft pick Byron Jones is switching positions — again.
On Monday, Byron Jones introduced himself as a “corner” at an event to promote the Dallas Rattlers, a professional lacrosse team who will call the Ford Center home.
It’s been rumored that Jones would make the switch from safety to cornerback since the hiring of Kris Richard, but now it’s official. It’s always good to get confirmation, especially at this time of year when teams and players are using smokescreens to try to disguise any strategy in regards to the draft.
I personally believe this is the right move for both Byron Jones and what’s best for the Dallas Cowboys secondary.
Byron Jones has spent the last two seasons playing safety. He showed promise in 2016 as rangy free safety. But unfortunately, he seemed to regress a little in 2017 when he was asked to take over for Barry Church as more of a box safety, eventually losing playing time to Kavon Frazier.
To me, this move has Kris Richard’s fingerprints all over it. He prefers longer cornerbacks, something Byron Jones will give him on the outside. He had just that with the Seattle Seahawks in Richard Sherman, and now he has Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie.
There are high expectations for the Dallas Cowboys young secondary because of the hiring of Kris Richard. Maybe, just maybe, he is the coach that can finally tap into Jones’ potential. Moving him to cornerback certainly seems like a step in the right direction.
I don’t know about you, but I love this decision. I’ve always believed Byron Jones’ best position was cornerback and that the Dallas Cowboys were playing him at safety out of necessity. He wasn’t completely terrible at safety, but I think he has a chance to excel at CB.
Now, I know the majority of you disagree with me. A lot of Cowboys Nation have already written off Byron Jones and proclaimed him as a bust. Fair or not, that’s the way I hear him labeled by a lot of fans.
Personally, I believe it’s unfair. I think the Cowboys coaching staff have done him a disservice and never allowed him to settle into one position. As a rookie in 2015 he played cornerback, safety, and even some dime linebacker. Then in 2016 he was moved to free safety, only to move moved again in 2017 to strong safety.
I don’t know about you, but I think I would have a hard time learning a new job that requires different footwork, technique, and even mentality year after year.
I’m not trying to make excuses for Byron Jones or anything, but I do believe the move to CB will finally give him a chance to show off his rare athleticism. In fact, I’m counting on it and I believe the Dallas Cowboys are as well.
The hard part about all of this is trying to determine exactly how the Dallas Cowboys feel about their versatile defensive back. They have to make a decision about whether or not they want to exercise Byron Jones’ fifth-year option by early May. Unfortunately, this position change complicates matters a little more.