The Cincinnati Bengals got a little deeper at cornerback, re-signing Adam "Pac Man" Jones on Thursday. What was a looming deficiency has turned into one of the deeper positions on the roster with the moves made over the past week.
Jones joined the Bengals in 2010 amid a host of off the field issues that threatened to end his playing career. The Bengals were the third team for the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. After a neck injury sidelined him for the second half of 2010, Jones started 2011 on the PUP list. He returned to action in a big way, returning a punt 63 yards for a touchdown against Seattle. He pulled a hamstring on the play, however, and was again sidelined.
Jones was critical over the last half of the season as he started in place of Leon Hall after Hall was lost to an Achilles' injury. In his last two games against Baltimore and Houston, Jones had two key defensive lapses that resulted in big play touchdowns for the opposition. Jones' reaction on the sideline was not positive, leading many to assume he would not return.
Jones has remained in Cincinnati in the off season, however, working out with other Bengals who train locally. He has hinted over the past week on his Twitter account that a return was in the works and seemed pleased to be back with Cincinnati.
Getting more playing time won't be easy for Jones. Leon Hall is expected to return and the Bengals signed another free agent last week, Jason Allen from Houston. Nate Clements also returns along with Brandon Ghee. The Bengals may bring in yet another corner in the draft.
A healthy Jones certainly would be welcome on the return team where he would bring some much needed explosiveness there. He was held out of return opportunities after the hamstring injury and because the team was so thin at cornerback.
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