We briefly heard from Adam Jones, as a Cincinnati Bengal, for the first time Tuesday.
And by briefly, that’s literal. Jones made a statement to the Cincinnati-area media before a news conference by coach Marvin Lewis, but he didn’t take any questions. Here’s what Jones had to say:
“I think I still have the skill set that made me a high draft choice (sixth overall by the Titans in 2005). I know I have a ton, ton of work to do. It would be a dream come true to come here and help the Bengals anywhere I can and also to help win a championship. Like I said, I know I have a ton of work to do. To gain your guys’ trust is not going to happen overnight, it’s going to take time. All I can do it take it one day at a time and focus in on the things I’ve been focusing on, and come play football.
“I’m happy to be here. I want to thank the city of Cincinnati for giving me and my family a fresh start. I want to thank the guys upstairs. Mr. (Mike) Brown, coach (Lewis), coach (Mike) Zimmer, the whole organization. I’m happy to be here.”
Lewis echoed many of the statements made by defensive coordinator Zimmer in a Steve Wyche piece last week, saying that nothing has been guaranteed to Jones. Lewis was candid, saying Jones will have a chance to compete as a cornerback and kick returner.
“We made the decision to do it — we know the downside of it,” Lewis said. “But I trust that he will resurrect his career with this opportunity and get himself going and have an opportunity to be a productive player, whether it be here or somewhere else. I don’t know that he’ll make this football team. But he’ll get a good shot at it. The only way to do it is to put him on the team right now and see.”
By downside, Lewis later noted that as being the public perception of the move. We’ve noticed Bengals fans have strongly reacted to this move in our comments sections, so have at it. Let us know what you think.