Listed as a corner, Cyrus Jones would help the Buccaneers specifically on special teams. Tampa Bay has a great young core in their secondary, with Ryan Smith and Ross Cockrell as the two oldest. Jones would come in with little pressure on defense but would substantially up the return game for the Buccaneers.
While not given many reps on defense in his NFL career, Jones is young and could help fix the void as the starting return man for the Buccaneers’ special teams unit. Tampa Bay has struggled heavily in this regard over the years, and a young player like Jones could help up the ante.
Jones would replace Kenjon Barner as the primary return man, but he could bring more to the defense than Barner brings on offense, and there is a chance that the two could co-exist during the playoffs.
The Buccaneers would be taking a chance on Jones, but the former second-round pick from Alabama has been significantly underused during his time in the NFL and may need a new team to take the next steps in development.
Tampa Bay has already struggled with injuries to their secondary this season, and Jones would be a cheap investment to offset the liabilities of an injury to one of the starters on defense or on special teams.
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