Tom Coughlin wasn’t aware that Chad Jones celebrated his 23rd birthday by running a 4.84 40-yard dash on Wednesday, but was glad to hear it when told by reporters Thursday.
“I have to give him a call,” Coughlin said. “I like to see that because he is a good kid. 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.”
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Jones clocked in at 4.84 and 4.90 during a pair of 40s on a track at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metaire (La.).
“Today was a great day,” Jones told New Orleans reporters after the sprint. “Had a lot of support from friends and family and fans. I kind of exceeded what I was going to do in my head in running a 4.84. I am pretty glad about my time even though I got about six more months of rehab. Things look good right now.”
Jones, the Giants' third-round pick in 2010 out of LSU, nearly died in a car accident last summer and has had a long and grueling rehab. The safety’s goal is to make his comeback next year at training camp.