And then there’s this intriguing stat, courtesy of Joe Reedy:
According to STATS Inc., Jones had the third-best burn percentage as he allowed only 50 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught. Sam Shields was first (36 percent) and Keenan Lewis second (49 percent).
Sean Smith, who at the start of free agency was the consensus choice as the top corner available, at 54 percent.
So what does all of this mean? Well, in addition to a Pro Bowler in Leon Hall, a solid starter in Terence Newman(if they re-sign him), the 17th-overall pick last year in Dre Kirkpatrick, the bengals may have the deepest group of cornerbacks in the league. Don’t rule out second-year man Shawn Prater from making an impact in 2013 as well.
It also means the Bengals keep their top return-man. After missing out on Ted Ginn Jr. today, re-signing Jones became even more imperative.