Marcus Jones made a lot of noise during his rookie campaign for the New England Patriots.
Last week, the third-round pick out of the University of Houston was honored with a selection to the 2023 Associated Press All-Pro first team as a punt returner, becoming the first Patriot at the position to earn a spot since Gunner Olszewski in 2020.
Six times Jones averaged over ten yards-per-return in a game, and twice did he top 20 yards-per-return. His efforts helped the Patriots land the second-best starting field position in the NFL in 2022.
In addition to his work on special teams, Jones also saw snaps on offense and defense. He recorded his first career touchdown reception against the Buffalo Bills in Week 13, finishing the season with four receptions for 78 yards.
On defense, Jones returned an interception for a touchdown at cornerback against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16 to complete the cycle of scoring a touchdown in all three phases of football. In all, he recorded seven passes defended, two interceptions, and a pick-six.
According to Elias, Jones became the first player in the last 45 years with a touchdown on offense, defense, and special teams in the same season. In total, Jones played 18 offensive snaps, 370 defensive snaps, and 164 special teams snaps.
Other notable Patriots to receive AP votes but not make the team include linebacker Matthew Judon, guard Michael Onwenu, safety Kyle Dugger, and special teamer Matthew Slater.
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