First-round pick Byron Jones admits he knows little about the Cowboys’ history. Told about Hall of Famer Mel Renfro’s career with the Cowboys – six years primarily at safety and seven years primarily at cornerback – Jones vowed to seek out Renfro at the annual alumni night dinner at AT&T Stadium.
Jones doesn’t yet know what he is.
With safeties J.J. Wilcox (neck spasms) and Jeff Heath (concussion) out of practice, Jones practiced with the first team at safety Monday. He played corner and safety in Saturday’s preseason game.
“It’s tough. It’s tough to fine tune the small details,” Jones said. “Some of the greats were either corners who played a lot of corner or moved back to safety, but not necessarily at the same time. So I’m still young. I’m still learning. Maybe I can mold into a safety or into a corner. Maybe they’re just trying to see where I fit best.”
After Orlando Scandrick was lost for the season with torn knee ligaments a week ago, Jones figured to line up primarily at corner. But the Cowboys continue to play him at both positions, and Wilcox and Heath’s absences Monday necessitated he fill in at safety during practice.
“There’s no mastering it when you’re playing two,” Jones said. “I’m just trying to fine tune the small details, the small stuff that’s going to help us win games.”
Jones said he doesn’t know what the plan for him is during the regular season.
“I’m not sure yet,” he said. “It may come down to that. It may not. But it seems like right now, we’re preparing for that. But there’s no final word on it.”