Well, that was a short stay for Derrick Jones in Green Bay.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers waived the former New York Jets cornerback just two days after signing him after he failed a physical. That leaves the Packers, now at 89 players, with one more roster spot to fill after Monday’s signing of fullback Tommy Bohanon.
Jones, a third-year pro, is now looking for his third team in less than four days after the Jets released him Saturday. He had given up a long catch against the New York Giants in a preseason-opening loss and notched just three tackles last season for the Jets.
Considering Jones now represents one fewer defender, chances are good the Packers will seek out another defensive player, either another cornerback or inside linebacker — where most attention is needed with Oren Burks’ status still uncertain for the future.
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Even with three linebackers currently vying for a starting role, it never hurts to add to the competition. Another suitable option in the mix would also be safer for the Packers while they assess how much time they’ll have to spend without would-be starter Burks.
The Packers could also replace a cornerback with another cornerback, challenging early shiners such as Ka’Dar Hollman and Chandon Sullivan, but it might have less practical use with Burks’ situation developing day by day.
Based on the moves made so far this training camp, though, the Packers are more than likely seeking another body to fill out in a thin position than genuinely rather than adding someone they expect will become a key contributor. Not that any pick-up wouldn’t have the opportunity to stick around, but the battle is majorly slanted uphill when others guys have developed a rapport.
Jones wasn’t the first to come and go this preseason for the Packers, as former Auburn and Jacksonville Jaguar running back Corey Grant was added July 26 and released again on Aug. 8 after rushers such as Dexter Williams, Danny Vitale and Malcolm Johnson outperformed him.