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Week 1 vs. HOU
Rushing: 20 / 107 / 2
Jones got off to a very slow start, often being met in the backfield and hesitating for little to no gain, or even a loss, but his superior conditioning outlasted the aggressive Texans defense. Jones got most of his yards on two runs - a 39 yard TD run with a nice subtle cut and the burst of a younger back, and 39 yard cutback run where the Texans overpursued the run to one side of the field. Until the game-killing drive, Jones had split snaps and touches equally with Washington, even in the red zone, but Jones got the call on the one-yard plunge to give him his first TD of the game. Jones should be a solid RB2 play anytime the Jets have a good matchup, but he is clearly no longer a bell cow, and Shonn Greene could threaten to take away some of his carries when Greene returns.
Week 2 vs. NE
Rushing: 14 / 54 / 0
Receiving: 1 / -1 / 0 on 1 targets
Even though Jones stats weren't flashy, he ran hard between the tackles and still flashed the burst of a younger back. He did get the first and goal carry, but like many of his carries, there was just no room to run. Jones also got a target on a screen pass, but nothing developed for him. He's still in a 50/50 committee with Leon Washington, so this kind of day will be common for him.
Week 3 vs. TEN
Rushing: 14 / 20 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 2 / 0 on 2 targets
There was no room to run for Jones. His TD chance was vultured away by a play action pass call on 2nd and goal. He had a long run late, but it was called back by a penalty. With the Jets playing well, better games are in his future.
Week 4 vs. NO
Rushing: 13 / 48 / 1
Running back Thomas Jones carried the ball 13 times for 48 yards and a touchdown. Outside of his 15 yard touchdown run and a 6 yard scamper in he 3rd quarter, Jones did not have a carry of longer then three yards. All of Jones's carries were between the tackles as the Jets chose to give the ball to Shonn Greene and Leon Washington when running sweeps and stretch plays. Jones ran strong in the first half but had little to show for it as the Saints linebackers met him in most every gap. He strung together a handful of 4 yard runs in the second half as the defense wore down a little but still was unable to break in to the open field. Jones did not have a reception in the passing game.
Week 5 vs. MIA
Rushing: 13 / 42 / 2
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Jones ran better than his yards per carry yet again, making quick, efficient moves to find extra yardage, and running very hard to generate yards after contact. His leg drive helped on two short TDs that gave Jones a good fantasy night even though he never got in a rhythm in the running game.
Week 6 vs. BUF
Rushing: 22 / 210 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 17 / 0 on 2 targets
Jones had a career-best day, and he earned it. He had two 60+ yard runs in the first half. The holes were big, but Jones used good vision to line his path with the hole, and then that same initial burst and second gear he has shown all year to get away from the defense. He also ran with great physicality inside, getting yards after contact and putting the offense in good down and distance situations. Jones ran inspired between the tackles all day and flashed an extra gear when he was in the open. His role is secured for the entire season with this performance, and he is looking like a solid RB2/great flex even with Sanchez struggling.
Week 7 vs. OAK
Rushing: 26 / 121 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 2 targets
Thomas Jones started once again for the Jets in Week 7, but his workload escalated for a few reasons. First, Leon Washington was lost early in the game to a broken leg, and secondly the Raiders were giving up big chunks of yardage on the ground. Jones was barreling through the middle of Oakland's defense with relative ease, gaining 5-10 yards or more at a time, often without having to break a tackle until getting to the second level. Jones had 27 touches, a season high, as the Jets ran the ball 54 times and dominated the line of scrimmage. Jones will see an increase in workload going forward with the loss of Washington, although 27 touches may be a bit too much to ask every week.
Week 8 vs. MIA
Rushing: 27 / 102 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 28 / 0 on 1 targets
Just another grind-it-out veteran savvy with a young man's stamina performance for Jones. He established a between-the-tackles running game early and earned every yard against a stout Dolphins defense. His experience showed through when he would pick and slide at the line to find the best hole without stopping his feet and losing momentum. Jones had a nice run on his only goal-to-go carry, but Sanchez got most of the calls in the red zone. Sanchez's success bodes well for Jones number of scoring opportunities as the season goes on.
Week 10 vs. JAX
Rushing: 21 / 77 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
The Jets went to the power run game on their 2nd series which was set up by a failed onsides kick by the Jaguars. Jones had a powerful 14 yard push up the gut to get the Jets in the red zone, but couldn't get the handle on a sailing screen pass that would have been a sure TD. He had only one red zone carry in the first half, but scored on a leaping one yard TD plunge in the second half. Jones' punishing running style yielded him some nice gains as he found the crease and attacked the Jags interior defense. He did fail to get a 1st down in the red zone on a 3rd and 2, and yielded some carries to Shonn Greene in the second half.
Week 11 vs. NE
Rushing: 21 / 103 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Jones had some nice runs in the second half and was able to get skinny in the hole eating up nice chunks of yardage. But a slow first half and a lack of continuity and consistency by the Jets offense, limited his contribution to the outcome of this game. He wasn't a factor in the passing game, but did his part by running the football well, even though he was never able to find his groove. Jones moved into the top 30 rushers in NFL history in this contest and could be a beast down the stretch if the Jets can find some sort of continuity on the offensive side of the ball.
Week 12 vs. CAR
Rushing: 25 / 75 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 11 / 0 on 4 targets
Jones did the yeoman's work to earn the win for the Jets. The Panthers were holding up well at the line of scrimmage, giving Jones few big holes to run through, but Jones still ran with good pace and strength from the beginning of the game to the end. He is showing few signs of being a 30+ year-old RB, cutting with young legs at the goal line to play hide-and-seek with Julius Peppers on his TD run, and also getting numerous checkdowns as the Jets have asked Mark Sanchez to play more a conservative style of football. Jones made the first tackler miss a few times, and seemed to do better when the Jets didn't try to just run straight ahead. Jones is also getting numerous third-down snaps with Leon Washington out for the year. He's a borderline RB1 play for the remainder of the season.
Week 13 vs. BUF
Rushing: 23 / 109 / 0
Jones, looking for his 5th consecutive 1,000 yard season, looked dominant against the Bills 31st ranked rush defense. He made some hard cutbacks, was running behind his pads, and gobbled up yardage like it was leftover Thanksgiving turkey. He ended the night with 109 yards, his 5th 100 yard game in his last seven contests.
Week 14 vs. TB
Rushing: 24 / 99 / 2
Receiving: 1 / -2 / 0 on 1 targets
Jones had yet another workmanlike performance. The Bucs actually did a very good job limiting him on most of his carries, but Jones got free on a well-blocked run and put a perfect stutterstep move on Tanard Jackson to go untouched to the end zone on his 33-yard TD run. Jones also sprinted to the pylon to score after Darrelle Revis's interception and long return to put the game out of reach. Even though he didn't put up huge yardage, Jones was efficient and ran tough into non-existent holes against a game Bucs front seven. He continues to be a solid RB1 play for the fantasy playoffs.
Week 15 vs. ATL
Rushing: 19 / 52 / 0
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Jones was met behind the line of scrimmage at least five times, but when a hole was there, he ran with great pace and got to the second level with ease. He also ran with that pace in the fourth quarter, showing his top notch conditioning for an RB over 30 (or really of any age). Jones had first and third and goal to go runs, but the line got little push (much like most of his runs). He did get a personal foul penalty at a really bad place and time on the field, but this isn't a usual problem for Jones.
Week 16 vs. IND
Rushing: 23 / 105 / 1
Jones led the team in rushing, going over 100 yards with a touchdown. He had success with a straight ahead running style. While he had 23 carries, Shonn Green also had 16 and totalled almost as many yards.
Week 17 vs. CIN
Rushing: 27 / 78 / 2
Jones didn't break many long gains, but had little difficulty getting into the second level of the Cincinnati defense. He hit the holes hard and fell forward on most of his runs. He was successful in most short yardage situations, though the team failed to punch it in inside the five on one drive.
Week 18 vs. CIN
Rushing: 15 / 34 / 1
Jones ran hard between the tackles, but he only found a nice hole on a toss play running wide and a TD run up the gut. He is playing with an injured knee and brace that is probably affecting him, and he might continue to be the second fiddle next week vs. the Chargers.
Week 19 vs. SD
Rushing: 14 / 41 / 0
Relative to his backfield counterpart, Jones didn't see very much action and didn't look nearly as explosive. While Greene averaged over five yards per carry and had a 53 yard touchdown run, Jones averaged under three yards per carry with a long gain of just eight yards. However, Jones was the guy the team trusted with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter. With San Diego out of timeouts and the Jets facing a fourth down and one, Rex Ryan opted to run it up the gut and deliver the knockout punch. Jones took the handoff and easily converted the first down, essentially ending the contest.
Week 20 vs. IND
Rushing: 16 / 42 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 28 / 0 on 3 targets
Jones gave way to Shonn Greene, who started the game, but they still split carries evenly in the first half. Jones ended up with more carries only because Greene was injured at the beginning of the second half. As the Jets fell behind, the running game took a back seat.