Sidney Jones: 'It's been a battle with my body'

Sidney Jones: 'It's been a battle with my body'

Sidney Jones knows a lot of Eagles fans have already given up on him.

He also knows the only way he can prove them wrong is by getting on the field, staying healthy and playing cornerback at a high level.

“It is what it is, I can’t do anything about anybody else’s opinion,” he said Friday. “I block it out. I’ve got to get on with my life and get back healthy and get back on the field.”

It looks like getting back on the field will happen Sunday.

Jones, chatting with reporters for the first time since his latest hamstring injury in Green Bay a couple weeks ago, said this injury wasn’t as serious as the one he suffered last year and aggravated a couple times.

He said he practiced without pain during the week and expects to start against the Vikings opposite Rasul Douglas on Sunday in Minneapolis.

“It’s frustrating, but it’s a new year,” he said. “It wasn’t as severe as last year. It is what it is. I’m healthy now and (ready) to step on the field.”

Stepping on the field hasn’t been a problem. Staying on it has.

Head coach Doug Pederson spoke earlier Friday about how Jones has to “push past that barrier” and play when he’s healthy, even if he’s still experiencing some pain or discomfort from the injury.

Jones is only 23 and he’s still trying to figure all this out. 

It’s been a battle with my body,” he said. “I’m not going to say it’s easy, but you can’t just sit here and dwell on it. That’s how you go in the dump. You take it for what it is and jump that hurdle he talked about and play every snap and come back harder every time.

Jones got here with such high expectations.

Even with his pro day Achilles injury that cost him virtually all his rookie season, the Eagles felt like they got a long-term elite starting corner when they took Jones in the second round.

But he’s played only 13 games the last two years, he’s never gone more than five games without getting hurt, and he’s started and finished only nine games.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing after being out for so long, so many snaps and so many games, to not play, but you just take it for what it is,” he said. “I’m healthy now, so I’m good to go, I’m back out there, and that’s all I can ask for. I’m very excited.”

Jones knows the Eagles need him on the field. Especially with the cornerback position ravaged by injuries. 

They've used 12 different starting cornerback combinations in 23 games since last year began.

“It’s definitely a goal, sure,” he said. “That’s my first-and-foremost goal of this season, and it was disappointing that (injury) happened, but that’s No. 1 in importance for me — getting back on the field and staying on the field. I need to be available and be able to play every week.”

Jones said he tested himself during the week and really opened up and ran full-out without any discomfort.

The Eagles got a win Sunday with Craig James starting opposite Douglas.

But this isn’t the Jets.

This is an offense with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs and a veteran quarterback who ranges from functional to dangerous.

Sunday in Minnesota, with Cre’Von LeBlanc, Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills and Avonte Maddox all out with injuries, the Eagles will be depending on someone who has missed more games than he’s played so far in his career.

“I’d definitely like to stabilize (the cornerback position),” he said. “Sul has been great, James did a very good job in there, Orlando (Scandrick) stepped in well. But I’d like to be in there and I’m going to be in there.”

If the Eagles are going to get where they want to be, he has to stay healthy and stay on the field and become the Sidney Jones the Eagles thought they were getting when they made him the 43rd player taken in the draft 2 ½ years ago.

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Chris Long calls DeSean Jackson's posts a "f---ing disaster'

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Former Eagles defensive end Chris Long called DeSean Jackson’s social media posts citing fake Hitler quotes a “f—ing disaster” during his most recent Green Light podcast.

Long, who starred on the 2017 Eagles Super Bowl team, retired last May after an 11-year career. He and Jackson were never teammates.

But Long said he’s met Jackson and has always liked him but condemned Jackson’s posts and also said he was disappointed more people haven’t denounced Jackson over the last several days.

Long's popular weekly podcast is ranked No. 3 in the country among NFL podcasts according to Apple Podcasts.

Some excerpts from Long’s five-minute response in response to a question from a listener named In the Sky:

His initial reaction: “Quoting Hitler is really bad business but quoting fake Hitler quotes is like a cherry on top. I don’t know if it would be worse if you quoted a real one or the fake one.”

On people defending DeSean: “Maybe I don’t get it. I saw a ton of people defending him on Twitter somehow, which is another reason why Twitter sucks. … The guy made a mistake. It’s a bad mistake. … He talked bad about Jewish people and somehow managed to use a fake Hitler quote doing it and that is a f---ing disaster.”

On disappointment with the reaction he’s seen: “I can’t speak for the many people in the media or on Twitter who kind of bite their tongue on this thing, because when it comes to anit-semitism it’s not in vogue to denounce it or they have some political inclination that complicates denouncing it, but I think it’s f---ed up, unequivocally. … It doesn’t seem like it’s in vogue to call out anti-semitism. We’re not so keen on that. I don’t know what it is, but it seems like we’re not allowed to say, ‘Hey that’s not good.’ It’s not good. It’s wrong and I’m sure I have Jewish listeners and I haven’t seen nearly enough people saying, ‘Yeah, man, this was a mis-step.’”

On what he hopes happens next: ”We want people to change. It doesn’t look like he’s going to get cut, and that’s fine, I’m not saying he should, but he’s a role model and we gave it to Drew Brees pretty hard for being at the very best extremely tone deaf, and certainly anti-semitism is not the main event in this country, but we can walk and chew gum here. …  Hopefully DeSean learns from it from people outside the building. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but not a lot of Jewish guys playing at the NFL level. I’m sure he has a lot of Jewish fans who are disappointed. I think he’s better than that and I hope he’s learned from it.”

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

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Had the Eagles won the 2002 NFC Championship Game, they would've faced the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, and possibly rewritten franchise history.

It also may have changed the life of former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins, the Pro Bowl center who spent the day before the Super Bowl bar-hopping and drinking before ultimately missing the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It stands as one of the strangest Super Bowl stories of all-time.

In the fifth episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, "The Mysterious Disappearance that Changed a Super Bowl", NBC Sports Bay Area takes a deep dive into Robbins' story, from his early diagnosis with depression in college to the self-destructive day of drinking that took him all the way into Mexico.

The episode features interviews with Robbins' former teammates like Barry Sims, former Raiders executives like Bruce Allen, and more.

The episode releases Thursday, July 9. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

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