The Bengals announced today that they have activated DB Adam Jones to the 53-man roster. The team did not have to make any other roster moves to make room for Jones, as they have a roster exemption for Cedric Benson’s one-game suspension. Jones is coming off a serious neck injury sustained last season that caused him to miss the last 11 games. When healthy, the former first round pick of the Titans can be a playmaker in the secondary, where he recorded an interception, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery to go with 11 tackles through five games last season. The fumble recovery was returned for a touchdown. He also has value as a kick and punt return man.
Jones participated fully in practice all this week, and looks good to go. According to Hobson, the team expects him to participate as a third cornerback in nickel packages, and may return some kicks in place of WR Brandon Tate.
Marvin Lewis had this to say:
“He’s had a good week of practices. He’s done everything he can do, he can’t tackle anymore dummies than he’s tackled including this week. For the last month he’s gone through the entire progression. He’s worked hard to get this opportunity. It’s later than it’s been due to the lockout because they (the medical staff) couldn’t monitor him but he’s come back great from it.”
The former “Pacman” should give the Bengals an upgrade in the secondary, where the team has Kelly Jennings and Morgan Trent behind starters Leon Hall and Nate Clements. He’s gotten high praise from defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as well:
“He’s a good kid that has come in here and done everything that we’ve asked him to do. He’s had some trouble in the past, but for some reason, I have a tremendous relationship with the kid. He needs to have somebody who will discipline him and tell him what’s right and wrong. He’s a tremendous athlete – he’s quick, he’s smart, he’s tough, he’s physical, and all of those things will help us a lot.”
Once Benson returns to practice next week, the team will have to cut another player to make room for Jones. Look for one of the young safeties, Robert Sands or Jeromy Miles, to hit the street and potentially move to the practice squad.