Jones returns to Ravens
— 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,