Denver Broncos: Team signs defensive back Adam Jones
The Broncos announced the signing of veteran cornerback and returner Adam Jones. Nicknamed “Pacman,” he will battle for the team’s fourth cornerback spot.
Denver’s defensive back unit added a solid veteran presence on Sunday. The Broncos announced the signing of cornerback Adam Jones today. He is expected to battle for the team’s fourth cornerback spot.
A free agent since March, Jones arrives in Denver after previous stints with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, and Tennessee Titans.
The move comes at a time where the team will be able to evaluate Jones during their final preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Since it is still preseason, it would be good to see what Jones has to offer before plugging him into a regular season game. Thursday gives them a chance to do that.
Jones announced to Josina Anderson of his intentions of signing with the Broncos and it became official earlier today.
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The move gives the Broncos some options. He can be used as depth at the cornerback position, as well as a key factor on special teams. It also gives the team’s secondary the veteran presence they were lacking since Aqib Talib was traded to the Los Angeles Rams.
Jones is expected to be Denver’s fourth cornerback behind Chris Harris Jr, Bradley Roby, and rookie Isaac Yiadom. He will battle Brendan Langley and Marcus Rios for that spot on the depth chart.
As for special teams, it would not surprise me if Jones was inserted as a starter right away at either kick return or punt return.
In the kick return department, he has returned 121 kicks for 3,147 yards with his longest return coming from the opposing team’s three-yard-line.
As a punt returner, he has returned 182 punts for 1,922 yards and five touchdowns.
It would be huge for the Broncos if Jones is able to produce some game-changing plays to set up the team’s offense with good field position to start drives.
Broncos Country had been hoping the team would sign cornerback Kayvon Webster, who the Rams released this offseason. Webster was rehabbing a torn Achilles’ tendon but signed with the Houston Texans earlier today.
Jones becomes the oldest member of the team and the most experienced cornerback in terms of years played on the current squad.