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Cowboys’ first-round pick Byron Jones learns a lot in his first game

Dallas Cowboys defensive back Byron Jones, shown during a recent practice, got time at corner and safety in his debut.
Dallas Cowboys defensive back Byron Jones, shown during a recent practice, got time at corner and safety in his debut. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

When the Cowboys drafted defensive back Byron Jones in the first round, they talked about his versatility. He showed that in his first game.

Jones started outside at cornerback. He also played in the slot. In the second half, he played a series at safety.

“It was good to settle the pads in and kind of feel what a game is like,” Jones said. “They played me in a couple of positions, so I got a taste of all of it.”

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers found Keenan Allen on a back-shoulder throw for a 12-yard gain on third down. Allen got away with a push off of Jones.

“They didn’t call it, so it wasn’t a penalty,” Jones said. “It’s on my part to be better in coverage. Find a way to stay attached to him. It’s what you’re going to get in the NFL. You’ve got to find a way to make a play.”

Jones finished with five tackles, tying Jeff Heath for the team lead, and called his coverage “decent.”

More than anything, Jones learned a lot.

“You’ve got to fight. You’ve got to fight, because the balls are coming in tight windows,” he said. “The quarterback and receivers have a verbal relationship, so you’ve got to be on your guy. You’ve got to fight and scratch and claw to make a play. It’s not going to come to you. You’ve got to go get it.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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