Jack Jones admits his authorized scenario makes it ‘tough’ to focus at occasions, hopes to be prepared for Week 1


“At occasions it may be tough. However, I strive to not let the skin have an effect on what’s happening on the sphere.”

Jack Jones. AP Picture/Greg M. Cooper
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Patriots cornerback Jack Jones has a pending authorized case hanging over his head as he navigates coaching camp.

Jones was arrested on weapons costs at Logan Airport in June after officers stated they discovered a pair of weapons in his baggage. He was later launched on bail after pleading not responsible at East Boston Municipal Courtroom.

Jones’s possible trigger listening to, which was initially scheduled for final Friday, will now happen on Sept. 15, two days earlier than the Patriots are scheduled to host the Dolphins in week two of the NFL season.

The second-year cornerback says he’s making an attempt to remain centered on soccer, however that his authorized scenario makes that harder than normal.

“At occasions it may be tough,” Jones instructed reporters after observe. “However, I strive to not let the skin have an effect on what’s happening on the sphere. So I attempt to come out right here and simply focus all on soccer and let the skin be the skin and fear about that exterior.”

Jones stated he hopes to be out there for the Patriots season opener on Sept. 10 towards the Eagles. He stated he hasn’t heard from the league about any potential self-discipline, and he has been a full participant all through coaching camp as his authorized scenario performs out.

Regardless of having to take care of court docket appearances and the uncertainty of how the scenario will unfold, Jones stated coaching camp has gone extra easily for him this yr than final yr.

“I’d say positively higher than the primary,” Jones stated. “Final yr coming in as a rookie was type of robust simply getting used to the transition however now I’ve come out right here in my second yr and I really feel rather a lot higher. I’m not the place I need to be, however I’m positively stepping into that route.”

The Patriots’ depth at cornerback has already been examined with Jonathan Jones lacking two weeks of observe with an undisclosed harm.

Rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez seems on observe to be a Day 1 starter. Second-year speedster Marcus Jones has seen his share of snaps at cornerback whereas additionally getting ready for roles on offense and particular groups.

Ameer Pace is extra of a “developmental” prospect at this level, Patriots coach Invoice Belichick instructed reporters at observe on Tuesday. Isaiah Bolden’s timetable for a return to the sphere is unclear after he suffered a concussion that reduce New England’s preseason sport towards Inexperienced Bay quick.

For now, Jones will try and push ahead with practices in Foxborough as he awaits his court docket date. The Patriots will shut out the preseason towards the Titans on Friday evening in Nashville.