Ex-Philadelphia Eagles LB Seth Joyner explains ‘reservations’ about Sidney Jones pick
Philadelphia Eagles executives explain decision to draft Sidney Jones
GRANTVILLE — After the Philadelphia Eagles selected Washington cornerback Sidney Jones in the second round of the NFL draft last month, CSNPhilly analyst Seth Joyner expressed displeasure.
But Joyner softened his tone this week. The former Eagles linebacker told PennLive on Tuesday night he still believes the Achilles tear Jones suffered last month will render the rookie insignificant during the 2017 season.
In the long run, though, Joyner envisions Jones developing into an important contributor for the Eagles’ defense.
“I think the biggest steal for them will be Sidney Jones when he’s healthy,” Joyner said at the Mid Penn Bank Celebrity Golf Tournament benefit dinner, which raised money for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition. “He’s a head-scratcher for them in the sense that they use the 43rd overall pick in the second round on a guy who probably won’t play this year. Then you fast forward to 2018, and you got one of the top corners in this year’s or next year’s draft. So to me, that’s a steal.”
Joyner had a strong reaction to the Jones pick when it happened, but he said that was because of the message it sent to fans rather than an assessment of Jones. The Eagles entered the draft with an uninspiring crop of corners, and the decision to take Jones signaled the team was comfortable with holes on its roster in 2017, Joyner explained.
“They’re not going to come out and tell the fan base, ‘Hey, we’re rebuilding. Be patient,'” Joyner said. “But they should say that, because it is what it is. But if your long-term plan is to build this thing slowly and realistically know that they’re not going to win the division this year, they’re not going to be a playoff contender this year, then that goes with the plan that they’ve set forth.”
Before the draft, Jones’ doctor sent a note to NFL teams to say the former Washington star could return to action within four to six months, which might allow him to play this year.
Joyner isn’t convinced. He doesn’t think Jones will make a positive impression on the team until 2018 — and that’s why he has mixed feelings about the all-Pac 12 performer who will join the Eagles for rookie minicamp this week.
“Let’s be realistic about it,” Joyner said. “What kind of shape is [Jones] going to be in in October? How much of the playbook is he going to know in October? So that’s why I had some reservations about the pick at 43 to have a guy that’s not going to be available to you.
“Sidney Jones is going to be a pick where there’s not much value to him this year, but next year, absolutely.”
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