Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars are re-signing yet another player from the previous regime. Cornerback Sidney Jones IV is expected to return to Duval, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The terms have not yet been disclosed.
After being waived by the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones was originally signed to Jacksonville’s practice squad in September 2020. He made the active roster on Sept. 14 and made his debut on special teams in the Jaguars’ second game of the year against the Tennessee Titans. He got his first action on defense a couple weeks later against the Cincinnati Bengals, and made his first start against the Houston Texans on Oct. 11, impressing with three tackles, four pass deflections and one interception.
Jones played in nine games for the Jaguars in 2020, with six starts. He recorded 26 total tackles with two interceptions, nine passes defended and one forced fumble. He allowed catches on 57.9 percent of his targets, according Pro Football Reference. Jones has amassed 76 total tackles, three tackles for loss, four interceptions, 19 passes defended and one forced fumble throughout his career.
Jones was originally selected out of Washington in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft (No. 43 overall) by the Eagles. He spent three seasons in Philadelphia before signing with Jacksonville.
Jones makes four players from the 2020 roster who the Jaguars have now re-signed for the 2021 season, joining defensive end Dawuane Smoot, cornerback Tre Herndon and guard/center Tyler Shatley. Jacksonville has also signed several free agents coming over from other teams, which includes the following players: