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While the Eagles sit idle in their first of two bye weeks this season, head coach Steve Addazio officially announced the change to the team’s roster. The broader cause has been a violation of team rules, though it is Boston College policy not to expand upon such things.
In our preseason evaluation of Bryce Jones, a Cleveland-area native, we had this to say:
"There is no need to overthink this: Bryce Jones is going to get significant playing time in 2014, starting them all unless reason should arise to the contrary over the course of the year. Should the Eagles continue to make bowl games for the last two years of his eligibility, or at least one, he could potentially join a rare class of players to have played in 50 games for this team.Yet, performance is more important than statistics, and all of us would rather see Jones play well in the snaps he gets than to get as many as possible and not make the most of them.Barring injury, there will be many snaps."
Yet, the real culprit keeping him from significant playing time would be his removal from the program, which clearly nobody on the outside can foresee.
Prior to his dismissal, Jones was fourth on the team with 20 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, and he also tallied an interception.
There is little use in speculating as to what the violation might have been, as what truly matters now is that Jones is gone for good, and Boston College’s already-thin secondary took another hit.
Jones was a starting player, listed in the most recent depth chart at right corner. He had an alright Boston College career, though his dismissal might now mean a freshman like Kam Moore or Isaac Yiadom gets a shot, or one of the more experienced safeties moves over. Whatever the Eagles do, they have a week to work out the bugs in practice.
Depth has been a point of emphasis for Boston College, in that the Eagles have had serious problems with it over the last few seasons. Bryce Jones might not have been an All-World shutdown corner, but he was an experienced player who is now gone. Optimistically, whomever takes over for him could play well, but the tightrope the secondary was already walking just got a little flimsier.