Last Sunday, 2nd-year cornerback Jonathan Jones made the most of being called into action after Eric Rowe went down with a groin injury. He played mainly special teams, but his 27 defensive snaps on defense (or rather, 2) is what prompted head coach Bill Belichick to take notice.
On a 2nd quarter 3rd and 8, Jones broke up a would-be touchdown catch by Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. Not to be outdone, another big play as Drew Bress went deep for receiver Brandon Coleman – another breakup.
“I thought on both of those plays the technique that he used to finish the play, the final reception point, was excellent, perfect,” New England coach Bill Belichick said. “It was textbook technique, what we teach all of our players to do, but it’s a great illustration of Jonathan doing it and having two big plays, two very productive plays. Those are good examples for us to show, not only him, but all of the other players in terms of playing those types of passes and finishing in the situation that he was in.”
“Defensive backs only get, usually, not very many opportunities to play balls like that in practice or in the games. It doesn’t come up a lot of times in the game. For Jonathan, it came up twice in that game, which is, I’d say, is a little bit unusual, that the frequency would be that. But when it does come up, it’s such an important play that we’ve got to play it properly. It’s so critical to play it properly because of the importance of the play. Again, he did a great job on that and those will be great teaching tapes for him — both him and our other players — that when they’re in that position, to see how he did it properly and how successful that was.”