Packers To Cut S Josh Jones

The Packers will be cutting safety Josh Jones today, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (via Twitter). Jones skipped the club’s OTAs in the spring with the hope of forcing a trade, and his wish to get out of Green Bay has finally been granted.

The Packers selected Jones in the second round of the 2017 draft, and he has started 12 games over his first two years in the league. He seemed to take a step back during his sophomore season, finishing with 55 tackles, one sack, and two passes defensed in 13 games (five starts) in 2018. Pro Football Focus ended up ranking Jones 70th among 93 eligible safeties.

Green Bay invested heavily in the safety position this offseason, as the team inked former Bears safety Adrian Amos to a four-year, $36MM deal in free agency and later traded up in the first round to select Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr.. As Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com writes, Amos and Savage are expected to serve as the Packers’ starting safeties in 2019, and former UDFA Raven Greene has worked ahead of Jones both at safety and at inside linebacker in sub-packages during training camp.

Demovsky also notes that Jones has not practiced in nearly two weeks because of an undisclosed illness, and he got kicked out of practice on July 31 for a hit and a fight during a non-tackling period. Plus, even though the Packers traded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix halfway though last season, Jones was not elevated into the starting lineup until rookie Kentrell Brice suffered an ankle injury in Week 10.

Clearly, Jones’ stock had plummeted in Green Bay, though he should catch on with another club fairly quickly given his youth and draft pedigree.

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10 comments on “Packers To Cut S Josh Jones

  1. hunthutch

    Cardinals need secondary help with the Alford injury and Peterson suspension any other teams with needs?

  2. yinzburgh

    Steelers!!! He would definitely be an upgrade over Sean Davis and he can help develop Terrell Edmunds

    • bdpecore

      Not sure he’s in any position to help develop players when his own development has been a train wreck

  3. afsooner02

    Just more failed draft picks from the previous admin….we had terrible talent evaluators.

    • Phattey

      What you mean they’re the best bro we got stellar production out of Nick Perry Jake Ryan and demarius randle

  4. The Packers still owe the Redskins a good safety (HaHa Clinton-Dix got the last laugh in Washington: he wouldn’t tackle, his pass-defending was shaky and he skedaddled out of town as fast as he could despite costing the Redskins a fourth round draft pick). If Jones is any good, the Redskins should pick him up (they still need quality backup/rotation for Landon Collins and Montae Nicholson).

  5. jessethegreat

    He’s terrible in coverage so they played him at more of a LB hybrid position.. but a LB that is afraid to tackle makes for a poor LB. cut your losses and move on. Juju across from davonte or Kamara in the backfield (the two picks immediately after Jones) would look a lot better for the packers about now‍♂️

  6. metsie1

    Jones can’t cover and he wouldn’t or didn’t want to compete for a job. Good to see him gone.

  7. twentyforty

    When your play recognition skills are virtually zero yet you think you can play…you’ll likely bounce from team to team to unemployed.

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