Don Jones is headed back to the team that selected him No. 250 overall in the 2013 NFL draft.
The second-year safety and special-teamer was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on Friday, according to the NFL transaction wire, after the New England Patriots waived him on Thursday.
Jones, 24, appeared in nine of 11 games for New England this season, recording six tackles as the primary gunner opposite Pro Bowler Matthew Slater.
His departure, though, has yet to come with a corresponding addition. While Sealver Siliga has returned for one Patriots practice this week, the defensive tackle has yet to be activated from short-term injured reserve, and the team has yet to officially fill the final spot vacated by Jones on the 53-man roster.
“We did what we feel like was best for the football team, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of the move in his Friday press conference. “I think he has had production, but in the end, we’re going to do what we think is best for the team.”
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Arkansas State product was originally acquired via waivers from Miami on Sept. 1, after spending all 16 games of the 2013 season on the Dolphins’ active roster. Jones forced two fumbles and led Miami with 11 special-teams stops as a rookie.
Miami will face New England again on Dec. 14.