Sidney Jones

Eagles fans post Instagram photo on player's lost cell phone

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Eagles fans post Instagram photo on player's lost cell phone

Sidney, where's your phone?

Millions of fans lined the roads leading from Lincoln Financial Field to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with cell phones in hand, hoping to capture this once-in-a-lifetime event. That is, most people had their cell phones in hand.

Eagles rookie CB Sidney Jones apparently dropped his phone during the parade and it fell into the hands of some Eagles fans, these Eagles fans, who posted a photo on his verified Instagram.

Guess who dropped their phone at the parade!!!! We will return it

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Sidney Jones confirmed he did, in fact, lose his phone.

Can you imagine the horror Jones probably endured after dropping his phone? Losing your phone for a split second is usually panic-inducing let alone dropping it in the streets around millions of people.

We’re not sure if the fans went snooping in Jones’ phone beyond this photo, but hopefully, this fun viral moment was the only dig into his personal device.

Update: He has his phone back.

Another update: These heroes did not snoop into his phone.

Will Sidney Jones' season get even more surreal?

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Will Sidney Jones' season get even more surreal?

It shouldn't be all that surprising that Sidney Jones popped up on the Eagles' injury report on Wednesday. 

The Eagles' rookie was limited with a hamstring injury but said after practice he's going to be just fine. He was just experiencing some soreness after coming back following a long recovery period. 

"Hadn't played a game in a year so, getting that soreness out and getting through practice," Jones said. "It's going to be a grind, obviously. I haven't played. Just gotta work through it."

Despite being healthy, Jones might not play in the playoff game against the Falcons on Saturday. Really, the Eagles are going to have an interesting decision to make. 

They were getting along just fine while Jones was recovering from his torn Achilles and got solid play from starters and backups. If Jones is active on Saturday, it would mean another player, likely fellow rookie Rasul Douglas, would be inactive. 

Earlier in the week, head coach Doug Pederson didn't even want to answer a question about Jones' role in the playoffs. 

"No idea," Jones said. "Whatever Coach tells me to do, I'll do. I'm preparing like I'm going to play."

The 21-year-old cornerback admitted it would be tough on him if he worked all the way back from injury just to be inactive and watch the playoff game. He'd obviously prefer to play, but he understands the situation.

If he does get to play on Saturday, it would be something special. 

"It would be amazing, just coming back from not playing and having a big role on the defense," he said. "It would be awesome to help this team."

Jones spent most of the season on the non-football injury list after the Eagles took him with the 43rd pick in the draft. Jones would have gone much higher, but he tore his Achilles at the Washington pro day and dropped out of the first round. 

The Eagles took a chance drafting him because they saw value getting a first-round talent in the second round. Initially, before the injury, Jones was a target of the Eagles with the 14th pick.  

The entire season, Jones worked hard to stay involved in the meeting rooms and with film study. And he joined the team on the practice field each week even though he couldn't participate. The coaching staff wanted Jones to feel like he was a part of the team the whole way through and it worked. 

Jones finally got on the field in the regular-season finale against the Cowboys. He played 29 snaps before he began to cramp up. Over a week later, the whole thing still seems a little surreal to him. 

He just remembers being on the field, staring across at Dez Bryant, thinking, "Damn, I'm really here." 

"It's cool," Jones said. "I got the nerves out, so everything should be smooth sailing now."

How Sidney Jones' debut really looked on film

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How Sidney Jones' debut really looked on film

No matter how he played on Sunday, seeing Sidney Jones back on the field had to be great for the Eagles

The second-round pick got his first game action against the Cowboys on Sunday after a lengthy recovery process from a torn Achilles. There was bound to be some rust after not playing a game in a full calendar year and that was evident. But Jones did plenty of good things too. 

"Little bit of rust today," Jones said on Sunday night. "First game so there's going to be a little bit of rust as expected. But I feel like I did pretty good." 

After the game Malcolm Jenkins made a pretty good point: After not playing for an entire year, expectations for Jones in the game were pretty low. 

It was an up-and-down NFL debut for Jones. He played 29 defensive snaps and would have played more had his back and quad not started cramping. We're not going to look at all 29 plays, but here are a few from his debut: 

This was Jones' fifth defensive snap of the game and he's still looking for his first real contact. Jones (circled in red) has off coverage at the top of the screen. The Cowboys are backed up on 2nd-and-9, so they're going to try to pick up some quick yards with a wide receiver screen to Ryan Switzer (circled in green)

At the point of the catch, things are setting up nicely for the Cowboys. They have a hat for a hat on the right side of the field and some room to work with. 


Switzer tries to cut it back inside, but Jones doesn't give up on the play. He gets off his block and cuts back inside too, eventually making his first NFL tackle. 

 

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This next play comes just a few snaps later. It's 1st-and-15 after a penalty. Jones is on the top of your screen. This play is a handoff to Ezekiel Elliott, who will burn Jones and the Eagles' defense for a 16-yard gain. 

Jones' recognition was good. He sees that Elliott has the handoff, so he's going to come up and try to make a play. Jim Schwartz obviously wants his corners to cover, but their tackling ability is important to him too. Earlier in the game, Jones showed he can.

This is where the play went wrong. Jones came inside too hard and Elliott is about to show his speed to the outside. Jones was simply trying to make a play but lost contain and left a lot of green grass outside the numbers. 

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Here's the sluggo route where Terrence Williams just beat the rookie. Bottom of your screen. 


Jones bites hard on the slant and Williams is able to get over top of him. These routes have given Eagles corners fits all year, so Jones is just fitting in. After the game, he just said he got beat but was grateful the safety over the top was able to get there. 

The pass falls incomplete. 

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Here's a chance to see Jones in the slot. This was one of his most impressive snaps of the day. Rasul Douglas and Patrick Robinson are both outside, which leaves Jones on Ryan Switzer inside. 

It's hard to see in the still image, but this is at the exact moment after Switzer pulled a little stutter move. Jones didn't bite even a little bit. He just calmly stayed with the slot guy and took him out of the play. Eventually, Dak Prescott forced an incompletion toward Dez Bryant. 

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OK, so this last play is a little tough to illustrate in still images. It was a play where Prescott eventually scrambled for a 10-yard gain and it didn't even count because two offensive linemen were holding. He couldn't throw it because no one was open.

Geoff Swaim is the Cowboys' third-string tight end (at the bottom of the screen), so it's not exactly like Jones was covering Odell Beckham for 10 seconds, but he doesn't give the tight end an inch and he never gives up on the play. It was impressive. 

Sure, there's some rust. And maybe Jones won't have a role in these playoffs. But it's pretty clear how talented he is and how good he can be. All of a sudden, the Eagles have a ton of depth at corner, but they'll need to find a place for Jones to play.