Jones re­turns to Ravens

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & NATIONAL SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— A whirl­wind month for Cyrus Jones has brought him back to where he feels he has al­ways be­longed.

The Bal­ti­more na­tive was claimed off waivers Mon­day by the Ravens. He had been re­leased by the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots two days prior.

Jones was cut by the Pa­tri­ots on Sept. 1 when New Eng­land fi­nal­ized its 53-man ros­ter. He was signed to Bal­ti­more’s prac­tice squad two days later. The Pa­tri­ots then claimed Jones off the Ravens’ prac­tice squad on Sept. 19.

Less than three weeks later, he was back in Bal­ti­more.

“I’m still try­ing to wrap my head around it,” Jones said Wed­nes­day. “I was try­ing to wrap my head the first time, but be­ing back here for the sec­ond time in about three weeks, it’s crazy. But I’m back, ready to be home, and I feel like this is where I should’ve been from day one.”

Jones ap­peared in two games for New Eng­land this sea­son, mak­ing one solo tackle and as­sist­ing on an­other. He re­turned five punts for 45 yards, av­er­ag­ing 9 yards per re­turn. Jones was cut two days af­ter the Pa­tri­ots played the In­di­anapo­lis Colts on Thurs­day, Oct. 4.

“I feel like it’s some­thing that takes get­ting used to. You hear about it be­fore you get into the league, how much of a busi­ness it is, but un­til you re­ally go through it and go through some of the things I’ve been through these past cou­ple of weeks, you don’t get a chance to grasp that whole con­cept,” he said of the NFL’s cru­elty. “It’s def­i­nitely a busi­ness.”

Jones was a sec­ond-round pick of the Pa­tri­ots in 2016 and made his first ca­reer start in De­cem­ber of that sea­son against the Ravens on Mon­day Night Foot­ball. He spent the 2017 sea­son on in­jured re­serve with a knee in­jury.

Jones has re­turned eight kick­offs and 16 punts in his ca­reer. The Ravens waived re­turn man Tim White af­ter he fum­bled on Sun­day in Cleve­land. White had been pro­moted from the prac­tice squad prior to Week 3 af­ter Ja­narion Grant fum­bled in each of Bal­ti­more’s first two games.

“That’s some­thing that’s been in the con­ver­sa­tion,

OWINGS MILLS

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