The New York Jets have cut third year cornerback Derrick Jones. Jones was replaced on the 90 man roster with the re-signing of recently cut tight end Nick Truesdell.
Derrick Jones was drafted by the Jets with the 204th selection in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL draft. He was the last of nine Jets draft picks in 2017. Jones, a converted wide receiver, had the speed and size to be an NFL boundary cornerback, but he was extremely raw with his technique and instincts, a problem that never showed enough improvement. Though many, including myself, hoped Jones would show enough to challenge for a starting position this year on a Jets roster extremely thin at cornerback, apparently the Jets saw enough after Thursday’s game and decided to move on.
Derrick Jones becomes the sixth of nine Jets 2017 draft picks to be cut by the team. The only remaining members of the Jets 2017 draft class are Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye and Elijah McGuire. McGuire appears to be fighting an uphill battle to make the 2019 Jets. If he is cut only the first and second round picks from that draft will remain.
The re-signing of 29 year old tight end Nick Truesdell comes just days after none of the Jets tight ends other than Chris Herndon had any appreciable impact on the Jets offense in the first pre-season game. It would be a surprise if Truesdell were to make this team after coming aboard so late, but he does have plus athletic ability and he also has decent receiving skills as a converted wide receiver.