Jones won’t turn 25 until September and is entering only his third season.
And yet he is part of the leadership council, a group of 12 or so players whom coach Jason Garrett calls on to represent the entire team for feedback and advice.
In the offseason, the Cowboys lost defensive captain Barry Church, a four-year starter at safety, to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. Safety J.J. Wilcox also left, joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The lack-of-experience spotlight in the defensive backfield also shines on the cornerback position. At cornerback, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne left via free agency to the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets, respectively.
“Just speaking up, making sure guys understand what they’re doing,” said Jones, who has started 27 of the first 32 games in his career. “I’m actually talking to these guys, saying, ‘Hey, do you understand that play? Did you understand that adjustment?’ Small stuff like that, I think, goes a long way.”
It is what Church and Carr did for him in his first two years. He was initially drafted to play corner, but the Cowboys made him a starter at safety by the end of his rookie season. He started 16 games at safety in 2016 and was credited with 102 tackles by the coaches, to go along with 10 pass deflections, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and the first interception of his career.
The Cowboys signed Nolan Carroll, a seven-year veteran, to replace Carr, but they have chosen to go…
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