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Marinelli wants interceptions, not deflections, from Cowboys top draft pick Byron Jones

Rookie Byron Jones has proven already that he can cover a lot of ground.
Rookie Byron Jones has proven already that he can cover a lot of ground.

First-round pick Byron Jones made a couple impressive deflections during organized team activities practice on Wednesday.

He knocked a ball away from receiver Terrance Williams in the end zone from the right cornerback spot. Then he covered Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten down the middle from the slot position and batted down a would-be reception.

Jones drew raves from his teammates, including the ultra-competitive Witten, but his play was met with a yawn from defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

Taking the ball away is Marinelli's mantra and until Jones' starts doing that, his performance will be considered not good enough by the gruff defensive wizard.

"He's doing OK," Marinelli said, when asked about Jones. "Getting his hands on it is different than intercepting it. It's not good enough until we’ve got the ball. He's around it. That's good. But what we want is the ball."

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