CB Jack Jones reunites with Antonio Pierce, former HS and college coach, after being claimed by Raiders

New England Patriots defensive back Jack Jones (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

One man’s X is another man’s treasure, and that couldn’t be more of the case than for former New England Patriots cornerback Jack Jones.

After playing only ten snaps in the Patriots’ 10-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday, Jones was waived by New England the following day. The 2022 fourth-round pick didn’t stay on the market for long, though, as the Las Vegas Raiders claimed him on Tuesday.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo broke the news of the defensive back reuniting with his former high school and college coach. Yes, you read that right. Antonio Pierce, the Raiders interim head coach, was the head coach at Long Beach Poly High School and the associate head coach/defensive coordinator at Arizona State.

Las Vegas just lost Amik Robertson to a concussion during its 16-12 win over the New York Jets on Sunday night, so the team was teetering on desperate for help in the defensive backfield.

The 25 second-year corner gets a fresh start after off-field issues during the offseason, reportedly not being as engaged as the team would like and a decline in playing time the last two weeks.

In June, Jones was arrested on gun charges at Logan International Airport in Boston. He attempted to bring two loaded guns through TSA, and according to Chris Mason of MassLive, the charges were dropped in exchange for one year of pre-trial probation and 48 hours of community service in September.

A few weeks ago, ahead of the Washington Commanders game, Jones was reportedly late to the team hotel. On the field, Jones also dealt with injuries such as a stained hamstring that sidelined him for the first six games.

Over 17 contests, and two starts, Jones recorded 42 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

“Jack’s a talented player,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Tuesday. “He showed that when he played for us at times. In the end, I just felt like we needed to move on, but he’s a talented player.”

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