No love from Pac­man left for the Cow­boys

He’s a huge fan of Jerry Jones, but isn’t con­cerned with the rest of the team.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Byjoe Kay marcio JOSE SANCHEZ / as­so­ci­ated PRESS

CINCIN­NATI — Adam “Pac­man” Jones loves Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones but not his team, which let him go af­ter one sea­son that was dis­ap­point­ing all-around and be­came a turn­ing point for his trou­bled ca­reer.

The 29-year-old cor­ner­back has re­vived his ca­reer with Cincin­nati, earn­ing a reg­u­lar role on de­fense and spe­cial teams.

The Ben­gals (7-5) have won four in a row head­ing into their game against the Cow­boys (6-6) on Sun­day at Paul Brown Sta­dium.

It’ll be Jones’ first time play­ing against the Cow­boys since they re­leased him fol­low­ing a 2008 sea­son that in­cluded a six-game sus­pen­sion for get­ting into an al­co­hol­re­lated scuf­fle with a body­guard pro­vided by the team.

“I have noth­ing against them,” said Jones, who is friends with cor­ner­back Mike Jenk­ins. “I have no love for the Cow­boys. I have all the love for the Ben­gals.”

Jones was sus­pended re­peat­edly dur­ing his first three sea­sons in the league with Ten­nessee, a team that even­tu­ally gave up on him, as well. The Cow­boys took a chance, trad­ing a fourth-round pick to get him be­fore the 2008 sea­son.

Jones played in nine games for the Cow­boys, start­ing six, but didn’t snare an in­ter­cep­tion. He re­turned 21 punts but av­er­aged only 4.5 yards. He got into the scuf­fle that drew an­other sus­pen­sion and ended his stay in Dal­las.

The Cow­boys waived him on Feb. 9, 2009, and he was out of the league for a year be­fore Cincin­nati brought him aboard for the 2010 sea­son. Jones has set­tled down and turned into a main­stay on de­fense, on the field for at least 70 per­cent of the plays dur­ing Cincin­nati’s four wins.

Jones also is third in the NFL with an av­er­age of 15.3 yards per punt re­turn. He ran one back 81 yards for a touch­down against Cleve­land.

“I’m happy that the Ben­gals did me right,” Jones said. “A lit­tle time, a lit­tle con­fi­dence and the op­por­tu­nity. They’ve been pa­tient with me through the ups and downs. Now that I get the time, I’m get­ting a lot of con­fi­dence.”

Coach Marvin Lewis said Jones has been re­cep­tive to coach­ing and putting in the time to be­come bet­ter.

“He is un­der foot daily, in both de­fense and spe­cial teams, and that’s help­ful,” Lewis said.

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