Jones is tied with Morris Claiborne for the team lead with five pass breakups and is fourth on the team with 31 tackles. The coaching staff is thrilled with his ability to cover bigger tight ends one on one.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli heaped praise on Jones this week, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, raving that the versatile standout is the best rookie defensive back in the league and one of the best he's ever coached.
A true road-grader in the ground attack, Collins is pancaking defensive ends at the point of the attack and defensive backs at the second level.
Jones and Collins aren't the only greenhorns impressing. Here is Around The NFL's latest Rookie of the Year watch for Week 9:
1. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams running back: What's his ceiling? Football legend Herschel Walker said this week that Gurley conjures up memories of Hall of Famer Gale Sayers. Despite missing two games and barely playing in a third, he's on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards. He's easily the youngest player in history to rush for at least 125 yards in four consecutive games.
"He's going to be special," coach Jeff Fisher told NFL Total Access on Wednesday. "That's the only way I can describe him. Can't compare him to anybody."
8. Jordan Hicks, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker:Kiko Alonso is returning from a knee injury this week, which means the Eagles will have all four inside linebackers -- Alonso, Hicks, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans -- healthy for the first time this season. Will Hicks be pushed out of the rotation even though he's the team's leading tackler?
9. Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys defensive back: "He's developing great. He's all over the field," strong safety Barry Church said this week, via the Dallas Morning News. "... I've been very impressed. For him to handle as much as they've given him -- play nickel, dime, safety, corner -- that's very impressive."