New England Patriots Rookie Marcus Jones Providing Strong ‘Return’ On Investment

FOXBORO — New England Patriots rookie cornerback Marcus Jones has added both depth and pop to the team’s defensive backfield in 2022.

However, his most notable contribution might be earning his spot as the Pats return man for both the present and beyond.

New England’s third-round draft selection (85 overall) has helped to resurrect what had been a dismal return game in 2021. Through the Patriots first nine games, Jones has run back 13 punts (174 yards) and 14 kicks (340 yards) in eight games played. The ex-Houston Cougar ranks among the NFL’s top-10 in kick-return yards (2nd), punt-return yards (7th) and yards-per punt return (3rd) averaging 13.4 yards per return. He also leads the league in averaging 24.3 yards-per-kick return.

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