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Jones' Week 6 performance for Patriots among best from NFL cornerback in 2020

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The New England Patriots played poorly in Sunday's Week 6 loss at home to the Denver Broncos, but there were a few good individual performances.

One of them was from cornerback Jonathan Jones. 

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Jones tallied four tackles, three passes defensed and an interception in the Patriots' 18-12 defeat. He made a fantastic play on his interception late in the fourth quarter, which gave the team a chance to drive down the field and score the winning touchdown, but the offense came up short.

Jones wasn't just the Patriots' best player on Sunday. He had one of the best performances by a cornerback all season.

In fact, Pro Football Focus gave Jones a 93.2/100 coverage grade for Week 6, which is the third-highest for a cornerback in a single game this season. Jones' 93/100 overall grade from PFF was the fourth-highest of any defensive player in Week 6 entering the Monday night games.

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had plenty of praise for Jones on Monday.

"Jon was in on several pass breakups and also made some tackles around the line of scrimmage and did a good job in the run force – you know, played a combination of the safety and corner roles – but had a real productive game and he was tested multiple times and was really in good position, played the ball well," Belichick said in his video press conference.

 

"The interception he had was an outstanding play on the ball. He really tracked it well and made a heck of a catch. So, yeah, he had another good game for us. He’s been a really solid player for us this year, really and every year. He also did a good job on special teams, so he’s a very valuable guy."

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The secondary is probably the most talented and deepest group on the Patriots roster. This unit is loaded with quality players, including Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson and reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year winner Stephon Gilmore. Jones hasn't received enough credit for his performance this season, but if he keeps playing at this kind of level, that will change soon enough.