FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s time to take Jonathan Jones seriously.
The undrafted rookie cornerback has yet to lose a one-one-one rep during padded practices, and he’s currently running with the second team as the No. 5 cornerback over veteran E.J. Biggers and 2015 seventh-round pick Darryl Roberts.
Will it hold? That remains to be seen, but Jones is showing why some analysts ranked him as high as a fourth-round pick before the 2016 NFL Draft.
Jones won battles over receivers DeAndre Carter and Devin Lucien during Wednesday’s 1-on-1s. He’s now 4 and 0 in the drill this summer.
Here are some more notes from Wednesday’s practice:
— QB Tom Brady was 6 of 11 in 11-on-11s and 15 of 26 with an interception overall on his 39th birthday.
— QB Jimmy Garoppolo was 5 of 8 in 11-on-11 work and 8 of 13 overall.
— Rookie QB Jacoby Brissett had his best practice of camp, going 5 of 6 in 11-on-11s and 8 of 12 overall.
— Brady and Garoppolo had their sloppiest practices of camp.
— Logan Ryan picked off Brady during 1-on-1 drills. He tipped the ball in the air on a throw to Chris Harper then snagged it out of the air. Ryan worked mostly in the slot during team drills as the Patriots worked in Justin Coleman as the outside No. 2 corner.
— Cyrus Jones recorded a pass breakup during 11-on-11s. He would have been called for pass interference on an incompletion earlier in 11s work.
— Guard Shaq Mason, who started 10 games as a rookie, returned to team drills but worked with the second unit at left guard. Rookie Joe Thuney remained at left guard while Josh Kline manned right guard.
— Rookie tight end Bryce Williams, who’s been a standout, hurt his left knee and didn’t finish practice.
— Rookie wideout Malcolm Mitchell continues to shine. His highlight play of the day was a back shoulder reception over Biggers.
— Mitchell, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett and running backs LeGarrette Blount and James White worked on deep routes with the quarterbacks during special teams drills.
— Bennett was heavily involved, catching four passes during Brady’s two-minute drill at the end of practice.
— Here’s who won the receiver-cornerback 1-on-1 battles:
- WR Aaron Dobson over Ryan
- CB Malcolm Butler over Harper
- TE Steven Scheu over FS Duron Harmon
- WR Malcolm Mitchell over Coleman
- WR Carter over CB Roberts
- WR Lucien over CB Cyrus Jones
- SS Cedric Thompson over TE Scheu (drop)
- CB Cre’Von LeBlanc over WR Dobson
- WR Harper over CB Biggers
- CB Jonathan Jones over WR Carter
- TE Scheu over SS Vinnie Sunseri
- CB V’Angelo Bentley (PBU) over WR Mitchell
- CB Jonathan Jones over WR Lucien
- WR Dobson over CB Butler
- CB Ryan (INT) over WR Harper
- FS Brock Vereen over TE Scheu
— Here’s how the offensive and defensive lines fared in 1-on-1 pass rushing drills:
- DL Chris Long over OL Marcus Cannon
- OL Josh Kline over DL Joe Vellano
- DL Markus Kuhn over OL David Andrews
- OL Joe Thuney over DL Malcom Brown
- DL Jabaal Sheard offsides
- DL Shea McClellin over OL Nate Solder
- DL Rob Ninkovich offsides
- OL Cameron Fleming over DL Long
- OL Shaq Mason over DL Anthony Johnson
- OL Ted Karras over DL Terrance Knighton
- OL Chris Barker over DL Rufus Johnson
- DL Geneo Grissom over OL LaAdrian Waddle
- DL Trey Flowers over OL Keavon Milton
- DL Alan Branch over OL Jon Halapio
- OL David Andrews over DL Vincent Valentine
- OL Kyler Kerbyson over DL Frank Kearse
- DL Jabaal Sheard over OL Nate Solder
- OL Marcus Cannon over DL Rufus Johnson
- DL Woodrow Hamilton over OL Josh Kline
- OL Ted Karras over DL Anthony Johnson
- DL Geneo Grissom over OL Joe Thuney
- OL LaAdrian Waddle over LB Dont’a Hightower
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