After weeks of rehabilitation, Cam Newton will finally get in on the preseason action.
Barring any further setbacks, the Panthers quarterback is expected to make his preseason debut in Thursday’s game against the Jaguars, coach Ron Rivera confirmed Tuesday.
The Tiger-Cats are 0-8; every other team in the CFL has at least two wins. Jones had been brought on as assistant head coach Aug. 2.
“June and I have established a great relationship, and I feel comfortable and very confident with him handling the on-field product moving forward,” Austin said in a release. “This organization, its fans and partners deserve a championship-caliber team and we fully expect to work together to return us to that level.”
Jones, 64, last worked as a head coach with SMU from 2008-14 on the heels of a stint at Hawaii from 1999-2007. He also was interim head coach of the Chargers in 1998 and head coach of the Falcons from 1994-96.
Jones does have some prior experience in Canada; he was offensive coordinator of the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1986 and played for the Toronto Argonauts in 1982.
Cobb is still capable of the occasional big game, but since signing this contract, he has continuously declined. Cobb last season had just 610 yards and four touchdowns. His yards per catch fell from over 14 in 2014 to just 10.2 last year. He stands the risk of being a high-priced afterthought in the Packers’ high-powered offense.