Jones not only needs to bounce back, he needs to have a big year in 2018. Last season, Jones recorded 23 tackles and an interception that was returned 10 yards. His best game of the season came on October 8 against the Detroit Lions when he recorded five tackles in a nailbiting 27-24 victory.
Jones is projected as the starting free safety for the team per the most recent depth chart from OurLads.com.
Jones has a big responsibility as he will probably have to replace Kurt Coleman who left for the New Orleans Saints in the offseason. Although the release of Coleman on the part of the Panthers was a move to get younger, it still leaves a hole in the defense.
This is where Jones among others will have to live by the “next man up” mentality. It will be interesting to see how he does in training camp. During that time, he should focus on making sure he knows the playbook so that he can focus on becoming a leader for the defense.