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Despite Options, Cowboys Express Confidence in Punter Chris Jones

The are riding high coming off a great 2020 and strong work thus far. One surprising decision, though, has been the lack of any changes or additions at punter. Despite a down year in 2019 and some intriguing options available, Chris Jones is remains unchallenged and even just received a vote of confidence from the .

Jones has been with Dallas for nine seasons and the full-time punter since 2012. While never a Pro Bowler, Chris has been one of the league’s best at aiming punts for the sideline and minimizing opponents’ return options. He’s also served as the holder on field goals.

Last season was a bad one for the veteran punter. Like the rest of the Cowboys’ under Keith O’Quinn, Jones’ performance took a hit the last two years. He wasn’t getting the same distance on his kicks and his placement wasn’t as good.

However, Chris Jones’ issues may have been temporary. According to one source, Jones was battling a back and groin injury throughout 2019.

Along with improved health in 2020, Chris should also benefit from a change at Special Teams Coordinator. Part of the sweeping change in Dallas’ this year is the arrival of special teams guru .

As of a yesterday, Fassel is apparently satisfied with Chris Jones as his punter next season.

This vote of confidence comes after speculation that Dallas might use one of their late-round draft picks on a punter. More than a few were pining for Braden Mann from Texas A&M, and perhaps the Cowboys would’ve taken him in the 7th Round if he was still on the board.

Before the draft, former NFL and standout Marquette King was being discussed as an option for a punting upgrade. He was one of the league’s best punters from 2012-2017, but personality clashes led to his in Oakland and then an ended his .

King resurfaced earlier this year in the XFL and was back to his elite ways. Now that Vince McMahon’s league has folded, Marquette should be in some NFL team’s in 2020.

Another interesting option became available just yesterday.

Colquitt turns 38 next week but remains one of the top punters in the NFL. Kansas City, desperate for space right now, released him to clear $2 million.

For the Cowboys and Chris Jones the salary cap number isn’t an issue. He only counts $2.4 million, which is middle of the road for punters, and Dallas would only save $1.4 million of that if he’s released.

If Dallas does look for a new punter for 2020 then it will be about improving on the field.

Of course, bringing in a player like Colquitt or King doesn’t mean the end for Jones. A true competition can’t hurt anything, and would mirror the situation at right.

Even after re- this offseason, Dallas shortly thereafter added veteran . Both remain on the and appear headed for a training camp battle.

Will the Cowboys also bring in a challenger for Chris Jones’ spot at punter? Or do they believe that improved health, and the addition of John Fassel, will get the veteran back to his previous form?

Just more questions to be answered as Dallas’ continues.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. When do you see this guy booming kicks, field position in very important. Even when we need him to put everything into the punt, he punt like 40 yards. I was at a punter tryout of high school kids who were punting 60 yard punts. Call a spade a spade. Chris jones suck , and has for years. Hes not the only punter who can do fake punts, as that’s only a small portion of what hes call on to do. We need a punter who can boom 65 to 70 yard punts

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