CB Byron Jones Gives High Praise to Rookie Taco Charlton and Second-Year LB Jaylon Smith

Cowboys third-year cornerback Byron Jones isn’t worried about being an elder statesman on a depleted defense with low expectations, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.

That’s mostly because he’s high on a pair of players Dallas fans have yet to see on the field.

On NFL Total Access on Monday, Jones said rookie Taco Charlton and second-year linebacker Jaylon Smith are way ahead of expectations. Smith, who missed all of last season while recovering from a serious knee injury he suffered at the end of his college football career, has been especially impressive.

“He’s healthy, he’s 100 percent,” Jones said. “His mind — he doesn’t worry about what happened two years ago. He doesn’t care about that. What he’s trying to do, I think his motto is clear-eyed vision. He’s doing well at that. He’s balling out for us so far. He’s learning the playbook and he looks healthy running around.”

On Charlton, Jones said, “We like him. He’s a big dude. I didn’t realize he’d be that big. He’s a solid guy. We’re excited to have him coming off the edge. We’ve got some good pass rushers so far and we have good young talent as well. So we’re excited about what we’ve got on our d-line and they’ll be a good unit for us this year.”


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