Patriots roster move: Cyrus Jones reportedly returning to New England

Ruben Hill
September 20, 2018

It's likely Jones now will handle punt return duties for the Patriots, who don't have an obvious solution there until Julian Edelman returns from his suspension in Week 5.

The Ravens signed former Maryland cornerback Makinton Dorleant to their practice squad Wednseday after the New England Patriots claimed cornerback-returner Cyrus Jones.

Jones' contract is a two-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Patriots had released Jones at the final roster cuts on September 1.

Re-signing Jones also could be a sign the team believes safety Patrick Chung will miss time with the concussion he suffered Sunday.

The former Alabama corner's National Football League career got off to an inauspicious start. In 2018 training camp, he never emerged in the competition for a backup spot at cornerback with Jonathan Jones, veteran Jason McCourty and rookies J.C. Jackson and Keion Crossen, all of whom made the club.

In the season opener, second-year receiver Riley McCarron returned punts and had one attempt bounce off his face mask. But McCarron, who is now on the Patriots' practice squad, turned out to be unreliable in the punt return department. If he goes back to fumbling like he did as a rookie, the team will have to start over once again. According to the NFL Network, they are releasing running back Kenjon Barner to make room for Jones.

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