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Cowboys’ Chris Jones boots 66-yard punt, longest of career

Cowboys punter Chris Jones set a career-long for punts, but also had one blocked.
Cowboys punter Chris Jones set a career-long for punts, but also had one blocked. AP

Dallas Cowboys punter Chris Jones wasn’t boasting about the longest punt of his career on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Instead, he credited a favorable bounce and kick in the second quarter of a 66-yard punt that rolled out of bounds at the Philadelphia 1.

“Um, it was a good bounce,” Jones said, smiling. “That’s about all I can say. This stadium is a little bit tricky, wind swirls and that kind of stuff, but when he didn’t catch it I thought it was going to roll into the end zone honestly.

“And it got a lucky kick and pinned them deep.”

Jones has posted long punts of at least 60 yards in the past five years of his six-year career. His previous best was a 64-yard punt in 2014. He had a 63-yard punt earlier this season.

Jones said he knows almost immediately whether he struck the ball well or not.

“Off the foot, you know if it’s a good hit,” Jones said. “That one came off, took off, so it was a good bounce. I wish I could dial them up like that every time.”

Jones finished the game with four punts for 195 yards, a 48.8-yard average (39.0 net). The only blemish was a blocked punt late in the game when he punted out of his own end zone.

It was the first blocked punt Jones has had since the 2014 season.

“I honestly don’t know yet [what happened],” Jones said. “We’ll go back and look at it and see what it was. Clean it up and move on.”

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