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Week 1 vs. SD
Rushing: 11 / 39 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
TJ got the start in the KC backfield in week 1 toting the rock throughout the 1st quarter before moving into a 50/50 split with J Charles. He didn't find much room when he had his chances and didn't really create any space either on the rain soaked KC field. It remains to be seen how Todd Haley will divvy up the carries moving forward but Jones is clearly in a timeshare with a far more explosive RB as a teammate.
Week 2 vs. CLE
Rushing: 22 / 83 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Jones had two opportunities to score after being given the ball twice from inside the 8-yard line but he could not do much more than getting it to the 5. Although he didn't get into the end-zone Jones did appear to be the go-to back when they got there. He certainly looks great given his age and all signs are pointing to him having much more left in the tank than some people are predicting. Judging from the amount of carries he received, the Chiefs are committed to letting him do what he does best: be a workhorse.
Week 3 vs. SF
Rushing: 19 / 95 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 1 / 0 on 3 targets
Jones is the starter, and got the bulk of the carries. He mainly carried between the tackles while Charles went outside. His speed was a little suspect, as he looked good running between the tackles, but once through, the 49ers LB's closed in fast. Jones had success as the hard-nosed, up-the-gut back primarily because of the success the other playmakers had --- namely Charles and McCluster --- which took the heat off of him. He got better as the game went on, scoring his lone D late in the game on a goal line carry.
Week 5 vs. IND
Rushing: 8 / 19 / 0
Jones found some room to run on the Chiefs first drive, but gave way to Jamaal Charles for most of the remaining play of the first half. He was in single-back sets to start the second half and got three carries, but poor blocking kept him from getting the first down, and he was barely seen again, save for another poorly blocked run in the red zone. Jones isn't quite droppable yet, but he is not startable unless the Chiefs are favored and likely to control the tempo of the game.
Week 6 vs. HOU
Rushing: 19 / 100 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 10 / 0 on 2 targets
Thomas Jones had an excellent game for the Chiefs on Sunday against the Texans. He ran with a forward lean that reminds of how he had so much success with the New York Jets. Jones's best run came on his 11 yard touchdown run in fourth quarter. Jones had just run around the left end for a 10 yard gain and took the next carry off tackle to the left side for a touchdown. Once breaking through the line, he made a quick cut outside to gain the angle necessary to score. Jones had one reception as the first half wound down and the Texans were playing prevent defense. Otherwise, he was not a factor in the passing game. Jones looks more confident running behind the line then he did in the first three games of the season and the split with Jamaal Charles (both runners had 20 touches) appears to be paying off as he looked fresh well in to the fourth quarter.
Week 7 vs. JAX
Rushing: 20 / 125 / 1
Thomas Jones' addition to this offense has added toughness, and that was evident in the work Jones got on Sunday. His huge 70 yard run was as a result of great all-around blocking from his offensive line and the receivers downfield. Jones showed he still has some speed as he just fell short of the goal line. Jones' touchdown run later came as he dove over the top of the defense. He ran with power and good body lean all game long and continues to be a very important cog in the Chiefs offense.
Week 8 vs. BUF
Rushing: 19 / 77 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Jones is the punishing runner in this combo, and he really does a great job of softening up the defense for Charles. But it does seem like the offense is unstoppable with Charles, and "stoppable" with Jones. There is no question that Jones is a valuable commodity, but as the season progresses, the Chiefs will need to have Charles on the field as the games grow more important. Jones just doesn't show the ability to make things happen, and limits the offense when he's on the field. His basic function is to keep Charles fresh, which he does a nice job of. As the season progresses, the distinction between Charles and Jones will become clearer and clearer, and Haley will use Charles more and more, so sell on Jones if you can.
Week 9 vs. OAK
Rushing: 19 / 32 / 0
Jones job is to get what's there against opposing defenses, but there wasn't much there against this stout Raiders front four. The Chiefs offensive line rarely won at the point of attack, so Jones was often met at or near the line of scrimmage. He is not able to create anything on his own, but he is still the favored RB on the bread and butter runs of the Chiefs offense. Jones was getting the goal-to-go carries, but just like on most short yardage carries, the Chiefs line was stood up and Jones was unsuccessful. He also had a fumble that Kansas City was able to recover. Jones will maintain RB2 value in weeks that KC is expected to win, and flex value in tougher matchups, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Jamaal Charles overtake him as we get deeper in the season.
Week 10 vs. DEN
Rushing: 4 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 19 / 0 on 1 targets
Jones was not a factor in the running or passing game against the Broncos. The Chiefs had to quickly abandon their usual heavy run style and lean on the pass as they fell behind early in this game. Charles clearly has the advantage as a passing down back, due to his extra speed and quickness over Jones. Charles was favoured over Jones throughout the game and Jones could never get going on the ground or otherwise.
Week 11 vs. ARI
Rushing: 15 / 71 / 2
Thomas Jones ran with a lot of power and purpose on Sunday against Arizona. Jones found the cutback lanes, ran with good pad level and made some nice juke moves to make that extra few yards. Jones got in the end zone twice on the day, finishing off drives with carries from the one yard line. Jones looked rejuvenated in this game.
Week 12 vs. SEA
Rushing: 20 / 68 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 14 / 0 on 3 targets
Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles combined to be a force on the ground for the Chiefs in Seattle. Jones was used as a check down option often and ran with good authority and power when he got his chance. As a veteran back, Jones is only going to give the Chiefs 15-18 carries on a good day, but he is a very crafty back who can find the seams and run with a decisiveness and elusiveness despite his advancing years.
Week 13 vs. DEN
Rushing: 11 / 53 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 54 / 0 on 5 targets
Jones is the change of pace back in this offense and can be seen as the hammer while
Charles is the speedy back. Jones enjoyed great run blocking from his line and pushed the pile easy
for nice gains up the middle. Jones proved a very nice receiver out of the backfield, getting open at will vs. Bronco LB's and picking up first downs for Cassel. On one well designed pass play, he caught a short swing pass and accelerated up field through the Bronco defense and dramatically changed field position. He is a one cut and downfield runner, which works well in this offense and is a great compliment to Charles. He still has the power to push piles, and the speed to gash defences who don't respect him as a threat.
Week 14 vs. SD
Rushing: 3 / 1 / 0
Jones' involvement in the offense was almost nonexistent. The Chiefs as a team had just 67 yards of total offense, and Jones had just a single yard from scrimmage. The Chargers weren't afraid of being beaten by Brodie Croyle in the passing game, so they keyed on the run. Jones doesn't have the wiggle ability of Jamaal Charles, so the San Diego defense was able to wait back for him to make his move yet still have plenty of pressure in the backfield by the time he did. He saw very few touches as the first half went along, and essentially disappeared from the offense in the second half.
Week 15 vs. STL
Rushing: 22 / 62 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 16 / 0 on 1 targets
Jones rarely found room to run vs. the Rams, but he did force the defense to play hard to tackle him and overplay the run, and he finally broke through with a good run in the fourth, and then a TD following Jamaal Charles long run to ice the game. Jones had a handful of touches inside the Rams ten-yard line that he didn't convert and also got hit in the backfield a lot or he could have had a bigger day.
Week 16 vs. TEN
Rushing: 23 / 51 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
This situation is reminiscent of how the Titans used Chris Johnson in his rookie season. Jones (Lendale White) gets a lot of carries, and it really doesn't matter to the coaching staff whether he is effective or not. And in this game, he wasn't very effective. Jones doesn't have much left in the tank. He did have one solid 14 yard run, where he ran through a gaping hole, but aside from that the Titans didn't let Jones get a bit of running room. You have to think that Jones will take a big backseat to Charles when the playoffs arrive.
Week 17 vs. OAK
Rushing: 10 / 17 / 0
Receiving: 1 / -2 / 0 on 1 targets
Thomas Jones was basically a non-factor in this game as the Raiders stuffed most of the Chiefs rushing attempts for minimal gain. Jones did look pretty good on the carries he got, running with nice balance and power, but like the offense as a whole he didn't make much of an impact.
Week 18 vs. BAL
Rushing: 5 / 15 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
Unlike Jamaal Charles, Jones didn't have much running room anywhere. He did have a nice ten yard run early on that showed a good bit of elusiveness, but that was more the exception than the rule. His other four carries went for a total of just five yards.