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Cowboys FS Byron Jones Works With Frisco RoughRiders To Improve Hands

Cowboys FS Byron Jones Works With Frisco RoughRiders To Improve Hands

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Cowboys FS Byron Jones Works With Frisco RoughRiders To Improve Hands

Cowboys FS Byron Jones Works With Frisco RoughRiders To Improve Hands

Entering his third year as the Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick of 2015, FS Byron Jones has embraced suddenly finding himself as a “veteran” in a new-look, young secondary that will be looking to completely change how pass defense has been played in Dallas recently.

This passing defense has only improved as Jones has grown himself from a versatile rookie to full-time safety in 2016. Now, firmly slotted into the starting free safety spot with the departure of Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox at the position in free agency, Byron is looking to take a much-anticipated next step with his game.

Working with the nearby Frisco RoughRiders, the AA ball affiliate of the Texas Rangers, Jones found a unique way to work on his hands while showing off his athleticism on Thursday night.

Frisco RoughRiders on Twitter

Thanks @Byron31Jump for joining us during BP! He covered LF and CF like it was no biggie. Go @dallascowboys! #LetsRide

Although he’s defended 18 passes in his two seasons with the Cowboys, Byron Jones has only created one turnover on a jump ball interception this season at home against the Buccaneers. The UCONN product has been a fan favorite for Cowboys Nation since day one, drafted for his freakish athleticism and Combine performance – showing off this athleticism with a welcome injection of talent to Dallas’ secondary in 2015, consistently getting his hands on the ball but failing to finish turnovers.

Jared Sandler on Twitter

@dallascowboys DB Byron Jones is w/ @RidersBaseball doing baseball-related drills to try and improve hands. With team in OF during BP.

Jones has put some pressure on himself to help get the ball back to the Cowboys’ potent offense himself this season, something Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli certainly preaches, so working on this element of his game prior to training camp by shagging some fly balls is a fun way to alleviate pressure and still develop important skills.

Byron Jones is going to have a phenomenal 2017 season, this much is assumed following a great rookie campaign and improved 2016 season as a starting safety. Now preparing to work behind a whole new cast of cornerbacks along with a new rotation of safeties alongside him, #31 needs to stand out in the Cowboys’ secondary this season each and every week – something he is taking the initiative to do even at the ballpark in Texas before hitting the fields of Oxnard.

Tell us what you think about “Cowboys FS Byron Jones Works With Frisco RoughRiders To Improve Hands” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @ShoreSportsNJ!

Sean Martin

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Also available through iHeart radio! Keep up with the show on Twitter @UFRWMSC!

4 Comments
  • Don

    Sean that shows me a commitment to improve his game. Not a drill I would have thought of ,but I certainly commend his effort and somehow feel it will pay off in the long run.

  • John Williams

    This is great. Love athletes looking outside their sport to find ways to improve.

    When I was a senior goalie for my lacrosse club, i played a ton of ping pong wth my dad in the offseason and during the season. It helped me to have quicker reaction time, better hand eye coordination, and quickness.

    Turned in an All-American and first team all-conference performance that season in which we won our conference championship and finished 5th in the end of season top 25.

    Here’s hoping this will lead to an All-Pro selection, Pro Bowl, Conference Championship and a Super Bowl for Byron Jones and the secondary.

    • ThePsychodad69

      I remember my 1st year as a NFLflag coach, they thought I was nuts throwing tennis balls during catch drills @ combine. Building a team that can catch was way easier than teaching a team to catch.

      • John Williams

        No doubt. if you can catch a small thing, you can catch a big thing.

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