The bad came last June when Jones nearly lost his leg in an auto accident weeks after being drafted by the Blue.
The good came yesterday during a workout near Jones' New Orleans home where he was clocked at 4.84 seconds in a 40-yard dash drill.
Jones has simply amazed his doctors by making what appears to be a full recovery. We know what you're thinking...a 4.8 second 40 is not up to snuff for an NFL safety these days, but Jones has gone from a diagnosis of possibly being disabled to playing in the NFL.
He still has six months of rehab to go, and with time he will get to the 4.6 or 4.5 level, which is up to snuff for an NFL safety.
Yesterday was Jones' 23rd birthday, and he is optimistic about returning to the Giants in 2012.
"Today was a great day,” Jones told the AP. "I'm pretty glad about my time even though I got about six more months of rehab. Things look good right now.”
They do. The Giants drafted Jones with the expectation that he could do two things: return punts and scare the bejesus out of opposing receivers.
Jones is getting closer to fulfilling those expectations. For a kid who just began running a under a month ago, he's setting his goals high.
“I won’t say I’m satisfied,” said Jones. “The short-term goal, today, yeah, I’m very satisfied. But my long-term goal is to be on the field to be a New York Giant in full uniform. I’m still hungry and still trying to fight to the final goal which is being a New York Giant full-time football player.”
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was pleased with the news of Jones' progress.
"I have to give him a call. I like to see that because he is a good kid," Coughlin told reporters today. "It is just a sad circumstance for him but he is determined to fight his way back. If he has come that far, God bless him. He is in the right direction."
“In the 2012 season, Chad Jones is going to be back with the New York Giants,” Jones said. “I kind of see that happening.”
So do we.