RB Jonas Gray - New England Patriots
|5-10, 225||Born: 6-27-1990||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): In hindsight, we should have seen it coming. Gray played the exact same pounder role as LeGarrette Blount from last season's playoff romp over the Colts, and amassed almost the exact same numbers - good enough for the best running back game all season. His value will fluctuate based on matchup (next week against the Lions isn't great), but Gray is still at least an upside flex play, if not a matchup RB2. Even if you don't need a running back, shoot the last bullets you have to get him on the waiver wire to keep him from falling into an opponent's hands.
General News (Thu Nov 20): The Patriots signed free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount to a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum plus incentives Thursday, Nov. 20. This is likely to cap Jonas Gray's ceiling, although to be honest, he wasn't going to be hitting 30-plus carries again any time soon anyway. Shane Vereen is still is still the better play, although that just means a high-end RB3. Gray is really just an RB4 with some upside.
General News (Tue Nov 18): rushed for a career-high 199 yards and scored a franchise-record four touchdowns in Week 11. Gray was on the field for 53 snaps and carried the ball 38 times.
Week 12: vs Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The New England rush offense was jolted by Jonas Gray last week - he posted a ridiculous 37/201/4 against the hapless Indianapolis rush D, helping the Patriots to a huge 44/246/4 rushing on the day - Shane Vereen had just one carry for 18 yards during the Gray Show, but added 4/59/0 receiving for his fantasy owners' solace. The Patriots have found their next 'big back' to pound away at opposing defenses. The Lions' rush D is no pushover, though, averaging just 68.8 rushing yards allowed per game this year (#1 in the NFL) and with only four rushing scores given out to date (tied for second-least rushing TDs allowed this year). Arizona had 26/46/0 rushing vs. Detroit last week, while Miami managed 19/50/0 on the ground two games back. Detroit has a shut-down rush D going strong entering the stretch run into the playoffs - this is a tough matchup for Gray and Vereen despite last weeks' explosion at Indianapolis.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 9 vs DEN (12 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonas Gray ceded most of the game's snaps to Shane Vereen, as the Patriots went into passing mode for most of the game. The Broncos run defense got the best of the Patriots run blocking, as Gray found very little room to run throughout the game. Gray runs with more power than anything else, and isn't an elusive back by any means. As a result, expect Gray to be more involved in game that will take on less of a shootout feel and more of a ball control feel.
2014 Week 11 vs IND (38 / 199 / 4 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Have a day indeed, Jonas Gray. 199 yards and 4 touchdowns. For reference, on Sunday, the rest of the entire NFL running back corps had 4 touchdowns. Which means Jonas Gray had 50% of all running back touchdowns on Sunday. Running behind some very solid run blocking, Jonas Gray displayed power and some surprising ability to shed tacklers, refusing to go down on contact on multiple attempts. In fact, none of Gray's 38 attempts went for negative yardage, which meant he was patient and hit the hole exactly when he was supposed to, which is likely Bill Belichick's dream in a running back. All of Gray's touchdowns were of the short variety, coming from 4, 2, 2, and 1 yard out respectively. Two of them were relatively easy touchdowns. One saw him narrowly plunge in by reaching over the goal line to break the plane. One was a great effort from Gray in which he was nailed dead on in the backfield by a linebacker, somehow shed the tackle, and plowed into the end zone. What was so remarkable about Gray's day was the consistency of everything - there was no massive 8- yard run that inflated his total. His long run was 20 yards, showing that he was consistently gaining 4, 5, 6, 7 yards on nearly every run. Gray was rarely involved in the passing game, which means his usage may be dictated by game flow, but it's clear he now has a major role in the Patriots offense. Maybe they'll be renaming the 'red zone' the 'Gray zone' when all is said and done.
Latest NewsPatriots | LeGarrette Blount won't unseat Jonas Gray (Fri Nov 21, 10:23 AM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount was not signed by the team to replace RB Jonas Gray as the between-the-tackles runner. Blount's presence gives the team another tough inside runner in the potentially poor-weather weeks ahead. Our View: Hopefully you didn't drop Gray on the news of Blount's signing. Blount could have value if Gray goes down, but Gray is still the primary power back.
link to story Patriots | Jonas Gray facing tough opponent (Tue Nov 18, 04:46 PM) - New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray had a huge performance in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts, but ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss expects a difference offensive approach in the backfield against the Detroit Lions, who are ranked No. 1 in the league against the run. Our View: The Patriots have a plan for the Colts--running them over with a power back like Gray works well. Facing the Lions is a different story, and fantasy owners need to adjust. Coming off a white-hot week, fantasy owners need to dial back expectations for Gray because of the opponent.
link to story Patriots | Jonas Gray sets franchise record (Mon Nov 17, 01:17 PM) - New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray rushed for a career-high 199 yards and scored a franchise-record four touchdowns in Week 11. Gray was on the field for 53 snaps and carried the ball 38 times. Our View: The Patriots know how to run the ball. Gray runs a lot like Stevan Ridley, and he absolutely smashed the Colts defense on Sunday night. He'll continue to get touches as the lead back, but (of course) still be splitting time with Shane Vereen.
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