Cyrus Jones was sure his tenure with the Patriots

was over when he was cut at the end of training camp earlier this month.New England chose to sever ties with the cornerback and return man Authentic Jeremy Hill Jersey , a second-round pick in 2016, after an underwhelming two-year tenure.It included fumble issues and a right knee injury that caused him to miss the 2017 season.It is why Jones said he was "blown away" when he got a call from his agent Monday night saying that the Patriots wanted to re-sign him.A deal was completed, and Jones was added to the 53-man roster on Wednesday. He practiced for the first time with his old team Thursday."Everybody was excited to see me, as I was excited to see them," said Jones, who had been on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad since being released by New England.Jones has been working with the safeties since his return, a position that took a hit when starter Patrick Chung suffered a concussion during New England's loss at Jacksonville.Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon and Nate Ebner — a primary special teamer — are the only other safeties on the depth chart. So, if Chung isn't cleared to play this weekend against Detroit Youth Danny Shelton Jersey , the chances are high that Jones will see at least some action.McCourty said he started beaming when he saw Jones back in the team cafeteria."Even when he left and went to Baltimore, I was texting him to see how he was doing," McCourty said. "It was a good feeling seeing him come back in here."Jones appeared in 10 games for the Patriots in 2016, making one start. But he had more fumbles (five on 19 punt and kick returns) than tackles (three) on defense.He was making progress this spring after his knee surgery, but it wasn't enough to secure him a roster spot when New England made its initial 53-man cut.He said he's not looking at this second opportunity as a chance at redemption."I'm just here to do a job, just like everybody else," Jones said. "I don't look at it like that. I look at it as another opportunity, just like it was when I was in Baltimore. Just like I did when I left here. Trying to be the best guy on Sundays."But Jones acknowledged "it hurt" not being on a roster to open the season."I get that opportunity being back here, so I'm going to make the most of it 4Stephon Gilmore Jersey ," he said.Jones said he's put the past and the circumstances surrounding his initial departure behind him. He said he respects the Patriots reasons for letting him go."Whether I was working my way back from injury or whatever — who wants to get cut?" Jones said. "It really didn't matter the circumstances of why I got cut. It didn't matter. That wasn't important to me. It happened, and I dealt with it like a man and moved on."Fortunately enough, coach thought enough of me to bring me back and to help this team win. That's what I'm gonna focus on doing."Notes: TE Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice Thursday with an ankle issue. Chung and DE Trey Flowers both sat out the second straight day as they continue to go through the league's concussion protocol. The New England Patriots may not have enjoyed the flashiest of victories against the Buffalo Bills on Monday, but at the end of the day they still defeated a division rival on the road by three scores. The 25-6 victory wrote plenty of stories – from the defense playing one of its best games of the year to Josh Gordon not seeing his snap count reduced for disciplinary reasons – what is arguably most encouraging is the team accomplishing some season firsts along the way.The Patriots did not give the ball awaySo far this season, the Patriots have been uncharacteristically sloppy when it comes to ball security: the team’s offense and special teams units turned the football over a combined 13 times through their first seven games – the most for a Bill Belichick-coached team since 2004. And while one game is not enough to proclaim that New England has officially turned the corner, it still is encouraging to see the team finally not give the ball away for a full game.Buffalo failed to reach the end zoneYes, the Bills have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. And yes, New England played against a third-string quarterback. But you can only play who you line up against, and versus the group Buffalo fielded yesterday Deatrich Wise Jr Jersey , the Patriots defense did its job very well. While the home team was able to gain 333 yards of offense, it failed to reach the end zone even once and had to settle for two field goals – the first time all season that an opponent did not score a touchdown against Brian Flores’ unit. Furthermore, New England’s defense allowed just 4 of 14 third down attempts to be converted and also registered two takeaways. Devin McCourty’s interception broke a 40-game streakThe second of the team’s defensive turnovers was a 84-yard pick-six: safety Devin McCourty read quarterback Derek Anderson perfectly, undercut the pass, and returned the interception to the end zone to ice the game in New England’s favor. Not only was it the Patriots’ first defensive score of the season, it also broke a 40-game drought – the longest in the NFL – and served as the icing on the cake that was yesterday’s performance.While not all worked well yesterday – just look at the running game’s ineffectiveness, or the continued inconsistency on special teams – the Patriots are still trending in the right direction in some areas. All that needs to be done now and heading into the bye week a little further down the line is build on those developments. Monday night was a first step.




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