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Byron Jones calls it “pitiful” that he went without an INT as a rookie

Byron Jones (31) joined Cowboys teammate Brandon Carr (39) and WWE star Mark Henry at the Salvation Army Youth Education Town in Arlington on Wednesday.
Byron Jones (31) joined Cowboys teammate Brandon Carr (39) and WWE star Mark Henry at the Salvation Army Youth Education Town in Arlington on Wednesday. kbouaphanh@star-telegram.com

The Cowboys drafted a defensive back with the 27th overall choice last season. Some mock drafts have them going that direction with the fourth overall pick this year.

Byron Jones, the team’s first-round choice last season, has heard Jalen Ramsey’s name flying around as a possibility for the Cowboys next month. Ramsey, like Jones, plays both cornerback and safety but likely would play safety with the Cowboys.

“That would be cool, because I hear nothing but good things about the kid,” Jones said during a joint community outreach event with the WWE at the North Texas Youth Education Center. “I hear he’s a great player. So it’d be cool to have him. Honestly, I’m keeping my trust in the front office. They’ll get the right guy.”

Jones had a solid rookie season with 76 tackles and 12 passes defensed. But he had no interceptions as the Cowboys made only eight as a team and finished a league-worst minus-22 in turnover ratio.

“It went OK,” Jones said of his first NFL season. “Obviously, we didn’t get the wins that we wanted to. I didn’t get any interceptions, which is pitiful for being out there that many plays. That’s something I’ve been working on in the offseason. I’m looking forward to going into this season kind of having an idea about what to expect.”

Jones played 870 defensive snaps, or 82.4 percent. Most of those were at safety, where he made seven starts. He also started four games at corner.

The Cowboys hope to keep Jones at safety this season.

“It looks like they’re going to try to keep me at safety, but obviously depending on how things go, I can always move to corner,” Jones said. “That was one of the big things why they drafted me was for my versatility, so I have to be ready to play both positions.”

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