Sidney Jones back on a different 53-man roster as Eagles lose a corner originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Not long after we learned that Eagles backup cornerback Craig James has a significant injury that will keep him out for a while, Sidney Jones has been promoted in Jacksonville.
So you can rule out the possibility of a return to Philly.
Now, even if Jones wasn’t promoted from the practice squad to active roster, it’s not like it would have been easy to just sign him to replace James, who is a major special teams contributor.
James really made the team on the strength of his abilities as a gunner on the punt team.
But when they cut Jones earlier this month, Howie Roseman didn’t rule out the possibility of bringing back Jones at some point. The former second-round pick was never able to stay healthy in Philly.
The Eagles right now don’t have a ton of options at corner. The only backup on the roster is Cre’Von LeBlanc, who has played primarily at the nickel spot. They also have veteran Trevor Williams on the practice squad. He’s a likely call-up candidate for Week 2.
Meanwhile, Jones is getting another opportunity on an active roster with the Jaguars. Who knows, maybe he just needed a change of scenery.
The Eagles also waived their third-round pick from 2017, Rasul Douglas, at final cuts this year. Douglas was claimed by the Panthers and remains on their 53-man roster. The Eagles decided to let him go instead of keeping him for depth, a decision that seems a little more questionable in hindsight after Week 1.