By Sally Fahey
The Eagles shocked a lot of people when they took cornerback Sidney Jones with the 43rd overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
After all, he had suffered an Achilles tendon tear at the University of Washington’s pro day two months earlier.
And so far at least his career in Philly has been disappointing.
He played in just one game as a rookie and nine in his second season because of a hamstring injury.
Heading into his third season, Jones is doing everything in his power to get healthy and stay healthy.
“It’s my No. 1 focus this offseason — getting right,” Jones told Philly.com. “Show everybody what I can do. Facing adversity . . . it’s about moving forward. That’s the task at hand.”
Jones does not want to be known as just, “that guy whose career was derailed by injuries.”
“It’s not going to define me. It’s not going to be who I am. It’s not going to stop me,” Jones said. “So moving forward, taking everything that happened and just keeping it on the back burner, knowing what I’ve been through, knowing how rough it was and … having that fire and that passion to come back and be the best version of me.”
At only 22 years old, Jones still has plenty of time to turn his career around. The Eagles would love to see him do what he hasn’t done so far as a pro: Get healthy and stay healthy.