Cowboys insider offers two unknown names to watch during camp
Andy Jones, Wide Receiver
Of the two players named by Broaddus to watch, Andy Jones will likely have the hardest time cracking the Cowboys final 53-man roster. There are simply less opportunities available on Dallas’ talented wide receiver corps.
You can be assured that receivers Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley are all locks to make the team. Then you have players like Brice Butler, Devin Street, and Lucky Whitehead competing for the other open roster spots. If Dallas decides to only keep five wide outs on their depth chart this season, then one of those listed players is the odd man out. Now add Jones to the mix.
Jones’ story is that of a true underdog. After starting only one year in high school, the 6-2, 214 pound wide out opted to attend Jacksonville University. Jacksonville is an I-AA program that plays in the FCS in the Pioneer Football League. They don’t even offer athletic scholarships.
Last season, Jones recorded 60 receptions for 890 yards and eight touchdowns for the Jacksonville Dolphins. During his college career, he made a total of 144 catches for 2,120 yards and 17 scores in 41 games.
Where Jones made his real impact was during the nearby Florida Gators’ Pro Day earlier this year. During that event, the 22-year old’s physical traits wowed onlookers as he ran a 4.53 forty, posted a 10-foot-7-inch broad jump and a 41.5-inch vertical leap.
The performance was enough to earn Jones a draftable grade by the Cowboys. And based on that potential alone, the team signed the raw talent to a $15K signing bonus, the highest of any undrafted free agent in Dallas this offseason. Jones has flashed his potential during OTA’s and mini-camp so far this year. Let’s see if he can do the same in pads during training camp and the preseason.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the Cowboys might switch Jones to cornerback if things don’t workout at wide receiver.
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