Head coach Marvin Lewis admitted his veteran cornerback needs to make a concerted effort to stay out of trouble after he was arrested in January for assault and disorderly conduct and was accused of spitting on a nurse.
“He’s got to continually work at that,” Lewis said on the “NFL No Huddle” podcast when asked about Jones’ public perception, according to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.
“He’s a passionate teammate for these guys. A diligent pro. He’s got to just continue to handle himself within the scope of day to day and be a great pro. He’s overcome background, and it’s a day-to-day process. Most importantly, he’s at the point in his career where these things have to stay pointed towards football.”
Jones can’t afford to keep making negative headlines. There’s a potential out in his contract after the 2017 season. Though he remains a productive pro, he’s entering his 11th season for a team that might face large-scale changes with another down year.
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