Cornerback Cyrus Jones was among the players cut by the Patriots on Saturday.
The 2016 second-round pick, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, saw his first game action in a year when he took the field Thursday in the preseason finale against the Giants. He had a punt return of 8 yards but was unable to showcase his explosiveness on kickoffs, with no returns. He did show some stickiness in the secondary.
“I needed that. It’s been a while since I’ve been out there for a full 60,’’ he said after the game. “I just wanted to make the best of it. Go out there, be consistent, play good football, and let the chips fall where they may. Everybody came to play hard and we got the win for the last preseason game.’’
Jones said he felt “great’’ after the game.
“I mean, this was a big test for me to see how my knee would hold up just with the load of a whole game,’’ he said. “You know, I felt pretty good. Small nicks and nacks, which is football, but I feel pretty good about it.’’
Jones flashed as a returner during his rookie season, but fumbles (five in all) proved costly and cost him playing time. He played in 10 regular-season games and was inactive for New England’s Super Bowl LI win over the Falcons.
Though he wasn’t able to sharpen his skills on the field last season, Jones said he felt he was able to better himself as a football player while rehabbing his knee injury.
“Not being able to play the game physically, you only have one choice, and that’s to watch it from the outside in and try to become a better student of the game,’’ he said in mid-August. “I just tried to do my best to take advantage of that.’’