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For Byron Jones, Kris Richard Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

Over the past few years the have placed an increased value on position versatility. By drafting players like Byron Jones, , and the Cowboys have attempted to build a full of players that can “do it all.”

The problem often becomes, however, that these players can form into “jack of all trades, master of none.”

It can be argued that this is the case with former pick Byron Jones. Jones played at both cornerback and safety during his season, moving around the weekly due to to his teammates. Over the next two seasons, the Cowboys fell in love with Jones’ ability to erase tight ends. This forced Jones to play in the box more often where his deficiencies as a tackler and run defender were exposed.

These issues, which were hidden when Jones was allowed to play traditional cornerback or even single high safety, have caused the fan base to sour on Byron Jones.

Luckily, Kris Richard is here to save the day and make things right again.

Richard told David Helman of DallasCowboys.com that he values Byron Jones as a cornerback, and thought he would be the prototypical addition to the famed Legion of Boom in Seattle coming out of college.

The main reason Richard likes Byron Jones as a cornerback so much are his measurables. Jones is a long, athletic player, and those attributes can be a pain for wide outs to deal with at the line of scrimmage.

“Fantastic athlete, great height, size, length and speed…I’m thrilled to be around him.” – Kris Richard on Byron Jones.

While these athletic attributes were Jones’ calling-card entering the league, his coverage skills are what really make him an impressive prospect at cornerback. Jones has become the eraser for Dallas, sticking to some of the league’s best week-in and week-out.

Now moving to cornerback full time, Byron Jones will be able to master his on the outside without having to worry about “versatility.” A cornerback trio of Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and is an impressive young group.

One that could become the cornerstone to the next-great .

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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