The Jack Jones era in Foxborough, Mass. came to an end this week when the Patriots released the 2022 draft pick. Jones was claimed by the Las Vegas Raiders the following day, and he’ll get a fresh start with a slew of former New England players and reunite with his high school and college coach, Antonio Pierce.
Jones showed flashes of potential and looked to be a long-term cornerback for the Patriots. But after some legal trouble over the summer and getting benched from starting for two straight weeks, Bill Belichick made the decision to move on.
Speaking with the media Wednesday for the first time as a Raider, Jones reflected on his release from New England.
“I would say it wasn’t the best fit. I can’t really speak too much about it, just because I’m not on the coaching staff. I can’t call it,” Jones told reporters. “Just wasn’t the best fit, but I’m glad to be here.”
Jones was reportedly late to the team hotel — a rumor he refutes — and was seen on the bench rather than the sideline when he wasn’t starting. Even though this year was tumultuous — both for the Patriots and for Jones as an individual — he admitted he was still hurt by the release.
“I mean, that was the team that drafted me, that gave me an opportunity,” Jones said. “When you get drafted, it’s your mindset you’re going to spend the next four years there. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I’m blessed to be here now.”
It’s unclear if Jones will make his Raiders debut this weekend when they take on the Dolphins in Miami. But he’ll have a chance at a fresh start and to help his team make a push for the playoffs.