Derrick Jones
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The outcome was not ideal for the New York Jets on Sunday but at least they got some positive performances from some of their young stars.

Michael Nania

Sunday was a game to forget for the New York Jets.

Not only did the New England Patriots do a number on their AFC East opponents but the Jets’ season ended in disappointment once again, with a 4-12 record.

However, there are some positives to come out of it. While securing a decent draft pick, they also got some pretty awesome performances out of some of their younger players on both offense and defense.

Derrick Jones

After living on the inactive list throughout the entirety of the first 16 weeks of the season, Jones finally found his way onto the field for regular season action in the team’s season finale against the Patriots.

Jones played extremely well in the preseason, allowing only 3-for-9 passing for 21 yards in his direction over two appearances. However, he reportedly struggled in practice, contributing to his failure to find playing time.

Finally getting his shot due to the absence of starting corners Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne, Jones picked up where he left off in August. He was targeted four times and yielded only 18 yards on three catches, none of those resulting in a first down. Tom Brady had a lot more success and felt much more comfortable challenging other players on the Jets defense.

It was only one game for the young corner, but it was a promising one that continued the momentum he built earlier in the year during the exhibition period. Jones played well in all three of the games he appeared in throughout 2018.

The Jets are in a bind at cornerback. The highly disappointing and immovable Trumaine Johnson is the only starting-caliber corner under contract for 2019. The team absolutely would like to finally focus on other needs, especially on the offensive side of the ball and at edge rusher. Having the role of cornerback wide-open as another hole the team needs to address would not be ideal.

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