RB Kevin Jones - Free Agent

5-11, 221Born: 8-21-1982College: Virginia TechDrafted: Round 1, pick

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2008 Week 1 vs IND (13 / 45 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones' first carry came in the second quarter on the Bears' fourth series after Matt Forte left the game following a hard hit. Of his 45 yards on the ground, 27 of them came on seven consecutive carries in the fourth quarter as Chicago attempted to run out the clock.

2008 Week 2 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones only had one carry this entire game and he was stopped for no gain. It appears that Forte will be the featured back in this offense and Jones' opportunities will be limited.

2008 Week 3 vs TB (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Kevin Jones was only used to give Matt Forte rest. He did do well and rushed hard when given the chance.

2008 Week 4 vs PHI (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones had three carries in relief of RB Matt Forte for 16 yards. One of the carries was a shifty 15 yard scamper that was quite impressive to say the least.

2008 Week 5 vs DET (10 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Jones saw most of his work in the second half as he relieved Forte. Jones also managed 36 yards on the ground, but did so on ten carries compared to Forte's 15. Jones ran angry the when he was in, wanting to punish his former team, but was unable to find the end zone, ending the afternoon with 41 total yards.

2008 Week 6 vs ATL (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Kevin Jones only carried the ball twice for three yards. He spelled starter Matt Forte throughout the game, but he was not a big threat to Forte's carries.

2007 Week 3 vs PHI (3 / 5 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Jones made a triumphant return to the field this week after missing the first two games of the season, by scoring on a two yard run on his very first carry of the game. That would be his only highlight of the game as he only had three carries for five yards in the game. He did not get a lot of playing time, but looked healthy in his limited action.

2007 Week 4 vs CHI (10 / 38 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Jones gained 38 yards on ten carries although 22 yards came on one run. He scored his second touchdown in his second week back from his foot injury, and it appears that the Lion offense will become more balanced as he works his way back into a feature role Mike Martz' game plan. After the TD, Jones leaped up on the endzone wall and climbed into the arms of the fans.

2007 Week 5 vs WAS (11 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Jones didn't play at all in the first half, but was the central figure of the offense in the second half, carrying the ball 11 times for 48 yards and catching two passes for 17 yards. Jones may have been a viable offensive force if he had been allowed to play the entire game.

2007 Week 7 vs TB (15 / 76 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)

All week, we heard about how the Lions wanted to focus more on the running game. Specifically, we heard that they wanted to make Kevin Jones a big focus of it. After Detroit's first two possessions, it was obvious that they were serious about it. Jones carried the ball on the first four plays of the game for the Lions, and on seven of the first nine (including his third touchdown of the season, this one from a yard out). He finished up averaging over five yards per carry, and was the team's leading receiver with six catches. He looked to be healthy, and was very shifty and elusive in the hole. He had no problems getting open in the flat or over the middle on short dump-offs, and caught everything he could get his hands on.

2007 Week 8 vs CHI (23 / 105 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Jones had his first 100 yard rushing game of the year in this contest. He started off strong taking his first carry of the game 13 yards for a first down. But he would only gain one more yard on four more carries in the first quarter. Jones looked good early on when given some room to run and broke a nice 19 yard run up the middle of the field in the second quarter. The Lions did a pretty good in the second quarter opening holes for Jones. He was able to get a four yard touchdown run late in the first half on draw play up the middle. Jones would have a couple of opportunities on the Bears one yard line to punch it in late in the third quarter, but Chicago stopped him both times. He broke his longest run of the game in the fourth quarter for 34 yard run in which he broke several tackles. He did have the ball punched out of his hands for a costly fumble in the forth quarter. He added two catches for ten yards to go along with 105 rushing yards.

2007 Week 9 vs DEN (17 / 71 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Jones was the focus of Detroit's first possession. He delivered 32 yards on six carries on the drive. Jones found ample running room and was usually through the hole before being touched. Surprisingly, Jones had only eleven more attempts for the remainder of the game. Jones had only one reception for five yards. He was targeted a couple of other times on down the seams of the defense. Kitna led him just a little too much on each occasion. Had the passes been completed, they would have resulted in big gains.

2007 Week 10 vs ARI (4 / -4 / 1 rush, 9 / 8 / 36 / 0 rec)

Jones had a horrible rushing game due to playing catch up. He rushed only four times, but did score in the first quarter on a four yard run. He caught eight balls for 36 yards, when Kitna used him as a safety valve.

2007 Week 11 vs NYG (11 / 25 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Jones was only able to accumulate 25 yards rushing while adding three receptions for 12 yards. He was clearly bottled up all day by the Giants front four and did not see many chances in the second half as the Lions took to the air for most of their offense.

2007 Week 12 vs GB (20 / 93 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

After two of the worst games of his career the past two weeks, Jones had one of his best in a losing effort. Typically, when a team trails pretty much throughout the contest, it's tough for the running back of the losing team to get into a good rhythm. But Jones did just that. He averaged nearly five yards per carry, and had a lot of good, tough runs both inside and to the outside. As far as the role Jones has within the offense, T.J. Duckett got a good number of carries early on. But Jones soon got into the flow of the game and garnered nearly all of the remaining rushes. Perhaps the most important aspect was that Jones remained in the game on a goal line carry late in the fourth quarter, and even more importantly is the fact that he scored on the play. It was a simple run off left tackle and he was completely untouched on the play so it's not as if the run was overly impressive, but results are results. About the only thing that could be seen as a negative for Jones was the success Aveion Cason had as a receiver out of the backfield. His four receptions for 58 yards went a long way in sustaining drives for Detroit, and those are yards that Jones didn't get. On the plus side, having another receiving option out of the backfield isn't necessarily a bad thing to decrease Jones's workload ever so slightly. After all, he still did manage two receptions for 27 yards so it's not as if he was a forgotten man.

2007 Week 13 vs MIN (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Jones has never had much success against the Vikings, and that trend continued in week 13. He only had three chances to run the ball, and ran for four, zero, and negative three yards. He did catch all three of his targets, but he was not a factor all game. T. J. Duckett outrushed Kevin Jones with three carries in garbage time trying to run out the clock.

2007 Week 14 vs DAL (23 / 92 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

When Kevin Jones is healthy he is a very effective running back. The offensive line was able to open holes in the middle of the line and Jones took advantage by running hard. It appears that, if healthy and involved, the Lions have an effective rushing attack with him seeing a majority of carries. He is hard to bring down with just one man and does not give up until well after the play is blown dead. His determination was most evident on the second touchdown when he refused to be stopped on third and goal from the three.

2007 Week 15 vs SD (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

A lot of people are going to take a look at the stat sheet, see that Kevin Jones only ran the ball five times, and assume that Mike Martz called a horrible game. While it's true that the Lions started throwing it around the field a bit earlier than some may have liked, the fact of the matter is that the Lions probably wouldn't have run the ball all that much even if they had LaDainian Tomlinson in their backfield. The Chargers simply flew out of the gate and put up 17 points before anyone could blink, and the Lions were forced to throw it early and often. A common mistake amongst fantasy owners is to question why a team wouldn't run the ball in order to win. But the more likely occurrence is that a team starts to win, and that enables them to run the ball. Otherwise, every team would run the ball their first thirty plays because the stats say when you run it thirty or more times, you almost always win. But the truth is, the score dictates how often you run, not the other way around. Never was this more evident than in this game. The Lions appeared to want to run it with Jones, but the awful defense wouldn't allow that to happen. As for Jones' performance, it's tough to call six total touches a performance. The biggest play involving Jones was on a pass to him out of the backfield late in the game. Before he had time to turn around and get upfield, CB Drayton Florence was on him with a vicious hit that seemed as if it could be a season-ender. Not only did it not end Jones' season; it didn't even knock him from the game. He bounced up a few moments later, and despite looking dazed on the sideline, he eventually would return to the game. We'll let you know if this is anything to concern yourself with during the week.

2007 Week 16 vs KC (8 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Kevin Jones was unable to break free against the Chiefs defense. He had only 15 yards on eight carries. Unfortunately, he was injured on the next to last play of the first half, a meaningless rushing attempt with time running out. It was reported as a right knee injury.

2006 Week 1 vs SEA (14 / 35 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)

Jones was a bright spot in a rather bleak offensive performance from the Lions. He was tough to bring down shedding initial tacklers through the game running hard. Jones was utilized extensively out of the backfield in the passing game leading the Lions with nine passing targets. Three of these plays were designed screen plays that were executed well for gains of 14, nine, and 15 yards. The Seahawks were able to focus most of their attention on shutting down Jones by sneaking their safeties up to the line of scrimmage with no fear of getting burned deep by QB Jon Kitna. Of note, Jones had an 18 yard gain off right tackle that was called back because of an illegal motion penalty on the opposite side of the field.

2006 Week 2 vs CHI (12 / 44 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 38 / 0 rec)

Unlike last season, Kevin Jones seems to be getting the chance to be the team's primary back. He had a couple of strong runs including a nice 29 yard jaunt early in the first quarter and fought for 44 yards on 12 carries. His inclusion in the team's passing game was the most significant change since last season as he caught six of the eight balls thrown his way for 38 yards. He had another 29 yard reception called back on a Lions' penalty. Jones did lose two fumbles.

2006 Week 3 vs GB (17 / 81 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)

Jones ran hard all game, picking up good yardage in the first half (11 carries, 70 yards). He also added three catches for 35 yards before halftime, resulting in over 100 all-purpose yards in the first half. Jones had a quieter second half, adding only 11 yards rushing and just nine more receiving, but did manage to score from five yards away on the ground in the third period.

2006 Week 4 vs STL (19 / 93 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 4 / 0 rec)

His 35 yard touchdown run on third and inches in the third quarter put the Lions back into the lead. He added another touchdown in the fourth quarter on a seven yard draw play. Detroit may have lost the game, but it wasn't for his lack of effort. He is their number one running back and a key part of the emerging Lions' passing attack.

2006 Week 5 vs MIN (10 / 8 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)

Jones had a rough game. There were very few running lanes, and the ones that were there closed up quickly. The Vikings' front did an outstanding job of containing him, and the Detroit offensive line simply couldn't get him into space. His long run of the game went for just five yards, and that accounted for more than 50% of his total. Finally, on Jones' last touch of the game, he appeared to suffer some sort of injury. It wasn't reported during the game what had happened, but it appeared to be perhaps a concussion. He walked off the field under his own power, but seemed a bit dazed. Despite a seemingly awful showing, all was not lost. Even though OC Mike Martz opted to abandon the running game very early, he still kept Jones relatively involved in the passing game. He caught four balls for 42 yards (both second on the team to Az-Zahir Hakim), and several times he lined up split out as a wide receiver. He also had a tough first down run to convert a fourth and one early in the contest.

2006 Week 6 vs BUF (23 / 127 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 36 / 0 rec)

After gaining only eight yards on ten carries against the Vikings, Jones had a season high 23 rushes for an also season high 127 yards. Jones had a 52 yard burst through a hole on the right side on Detroit's second play of the game. Jones was stopped at the one yard line after a 5 yard run later in the drive. He was then given consecutive attempts from the one (on third and fourth down), but was stuffed both times. Jones added a seven yard touchdown run later in the opening quarter. He lost a 15 yard run to his own illegal shift penalty. Jones entered the game second among NFL running backs with 25 receptions and has had at least four catches in each game. He added six receptions for 36 yards against the Bills. Jones was able to get a first down late in the game on a swing pass, when a little shimmy move made a defender completely miss him. Jones injured his hip, but returned to finish the game.

2006 Week 7 vs NYJ (15 / 86 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 57 / 1 rec)

Jones continued his outstanding season, gaining over 150 yards from scrimmage and adding a touchdown on a shovel pass from Jon Kitna. Facing the league's fourth worst run defense, Jones did what he was supposed to do. He ran hard, ran with power, and kept his legs moving all game. And on another positive note, despite the fact that Detroit trailed from the beginning, Jones remained a focus of the game plan with 21 total touches in the game. Jones lost 21 receiving yards after a screen pass was called back due to penalty.

2006 Week 9 vs ATL (26 / 110 / 2 rush, 7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Jones was utilized frequently both through the air and on the ground, and found the end zone twice, though this potentially could have been a much bigger game. Facing a fourth and a goal from the one yard line in the second quarter, the Lions went for it, but failed to convert on a passing play which Jones lost two yards upon. This did set up an interception out of his own end zone for Michael Vick, which Jones quickly converted upon for his second touchdown, but nearly had gained this honor one drive earlier. At the beginning of the third quarter, the Lions gave Jones three tries from inside the four yard line before settling for a nineteen yard field goal from Jason Hanson.

2006 Week 10 vs SF (13 / 44 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 71 / 0 rec)

Jones struggled running the ball as he was held to 44 yards on 13 carries versus the 49er front seven. He did catch nine of the 11 balls thrown his way for 71 yards but his fumble in the first quarter led to a 49ers' field goal.

2006 Week 11 vs ARI (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones departed early with a right ankle injury. Initially he was observed on the sidelines looking like he was ready to return the game, but was later carted to the locker room for x-rays in the visiting stadium. His prognosis was not immediately known, though a high ankle sprain was reported by local media on Sunday evening. Speaking on the situation, coach Rod Marinelli said "I don't know how high it is yet".

2006 Week 13 vs NE (19 / 56 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 86 / 0 rec)

Jones had a seven yard carry on the first play from scrimmage for the Lions, but was largely ineffective early on running the ball as the Patriots' front seven consistently dominated the point of attack. Jones pulled in a 27 yard reception streaking down the right sideline out of the backfield that put the Detroit offense inside the ten yard line leading to a Furrey touchdown. The Detroit offensive line opened up some holes for Jones midway through the second quarter and Jones took advantage of it quickly hitting the hole for seven, five, and seven yard gains, but it was all for naught as Jones fumbled inside the five yard line at the conclusion of the drive. He continued to be much more effective as a pass catcher in the second half. QB Jon Kitna checked down to Jones for four receptions during the second half posting big gains on each play. The Lions tried to give Jones some goal line action, but they were unable to convert a second and short followed by a third and short from the Patriots' five yard line.

2006 Week 14 vs MIN (9 / -3 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 67 / 1 rec)

Jones and the running game were completely shut down in the first half as he had negative 12 yards on three carries in the first half. He clearly seemed frustrated with their inability to run the ball as he drew two personal fouls in the half. It wasn't a huge surprise to see the Vikings stop the run so effectively considering Minnesota were number one against the run and were only giving up 58 yards a game on the ground. Jones did have three receptions for 27 yards in the first half. Jones didn't have much more success in the second half running the ball, but did all of his damage as a receiver. In the fourth quarter, he caught a short pass out of the backfield and took it 23 yards for touchdown. He also caught a nice 18 yard pass up the middle in the fourth quarter. Jones had a good scoring opportunity late in the game as he tried to punch the ball in from the one yard line but was he stopped. Jones was hurt on the play and seemed to injure his foot or ankle. He had to be helped off the field and was carted to the locker room afterwards.

2005 Week 1 vs GB (25 / 87 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Jones carried the ball 25 times for 87 yards, a workman like effort. Jones protected the ball and kept the clock moving during the game, allowing Detroit to have a balanced offense throughout the game. Jones carried the ball at least five times every quarter, but was never able to break a big run. His longest run was for a meager seven yards, hardly illustrating breakaway speed. Jones also caught two passes, one for 14 yards in the first quarter and another for a five yard loss in the third. A solid but not spectacular effort.

2005 Week 2 vs CHI (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Jones struggled to get anything going against the Bears' defense, collecting only 22 yards on eight caries. He did not rush the ball in the red zone. He was targeted three times in the passing game, one of which was dropped and another that was caught and nullified by penalty. Jones was not the factor that he needed to be in this game as the Detroit rushing attack was entirely shut down by the Chicago defense.

2005 Week 4 vs TB (12 / 38 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones did not find much room to run at all throughout the game. He gained four yards on the first carry of the game. He left the field after that carry; he had reportedly been poked in the eye. Jones spun to gain four yards in the second quarter. After Griese's interception, Jones was able to rush eight yards in for a touchdown. Jones was not used much in the second half of the game; he only carried the ball four times for a grand total of nine yards. Amazingly, the Lions said there was nothing physically wrong with him; they were looking to just change things up.

2005 Week 5 vs BAL (26 / 58 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones was the workhorse in the Lions' running game. He ran hard over his 26 carries, but the Ravens' defense, Ray Lewis especially, keyed in on him and shut him down for low per carry yardage. Good field position contributed to his two early game touchdowns. He showed excellent speed on his first score. Jones made a great play on a ball that looked like an incompletion from Harrington. He picked up the ball and ran to the Baltimore one yard line, as the play was ruled a fumble. Jones also had four chances on a third quarter drive to score from within the Baltimore two, yet couldn't get in. Notably, he saw no targets in the passing game.

2005 Week 6 vs CAR (12 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Jones made good gains against the Panthers' defense until he injured his shoulder and did not return to the game until the third quarter. He was the leading rusher for the Lions with his 12 rushes for 21 yards.

2005 Week 7 vs CLE (21 / 74 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Jones averaged 3.5 yards per carry in this game, but was not able to take advantage of the opportunities presented to him. On the series which Garcia scored the touchdown, Jones had goal to go carries from the four, four and one on first through third downs, yet failed to score. The Lions requested a review of his third down play, however there was not conclusive evidence to support that he had scored.

2005 Week 8 vs CHI (18 / 66 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 13 / 0 rec)

Jones made a four yard gain up the middle to start the game for the Lions. He found running room against the Bears and made a nice cut in the first quarter for a nine yard gain. On one of his targets, Jones dropped what should have been an easy catch. Jones broke a hole to gain 16 yards in the third quarter and on the same drive, scored a six yard touchdown.

2005 Week 9 vs MIN (7 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Jones was injured early in the second quarter and did not return. The injury to his right shoulder left Jones on the sideline with an ice pack on his shoulder/neck area for the remainder of the first half. Jones appeared to get hurt while remaining in the backfield to help pass protect for Harrington and Minnesota linebacker Keith Newman came in from the right side and leveled Jones. Prior to leaving the game Jones had seven carries for 15 yards and a reception for eight yards. The extent of his injury or clarification as to whether the shoulder or neck was injured was not available after the game.

2005 Week 10 vs ARI (14 / 81 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Jones entered the game at less than 100%, suffering from a pinched nerve. He was the preferred RB for Detroit, but lost 14 carries to Shawn Bryson and Artose Pinner. Jones looked sharp when the Lions went for it on fourth and less than a yard in the first quarter, running up the gut, spinning off a tackle and breaking free for 36 yards. He finished with 93 combined yards from scrimmage, but did not score a touchdown.

2005 Week 11 vs DAL (12 / 29 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Jones made a great 28 yard gain on a catch in the second quarter. He ran in to score his fifth rushing touchdown for the season, following Roy Williams' 30 yard catch to the two yard line. Jones made a 13 yard reception during the fourth quarter.

2005 Week 12 vs ATL (4 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones looked quick and explosive breaking off a 20 yard run to the outside on the second Detroit play of the game. However, he had only two more carries before halftime as the Lions quickly abandoned the running game. Jones opened the third quarter with a nice six yard run, but quickly was back on the sideline again. Game announcers mentioned a quad injury that may have played a part in his lack of touches.

2005 Week 14 vs GB (9 / 63 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Four plays into the game, Jones broke off a 40 yard run to put the Lions in the red zone, but on a second and goal situation, his arm was awkwardly bent backward when he was tackled. He walked off the field under his own power and did not return until half way through the second quarter. Jones didn't seem to be bothered by his arm injury once he came back into the game. He had 57 yards at half time but only gained another six yards for the rest of the game.

2005 Week 17 vs PIT (18 / 78 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Not only had Jones missed three of the last four weeks with an elbow injury, he's also been banged up with a shoulder injury and various other ailments that prevented him from displaying the kind of explosion he did in the late 2004 season. But he ended this campaign with a strong performance against the NFL's top rushing defense with 78 yards on 18 carries. It was his third best game in terms of yards and the most carries he had seen since Oct. 30 versus Chicago. Jones showed good power while taking on several hard shots in between the tackles, as well as some elusiveness in turning the corner down the sidelines. His long of 12 yards put the Lions on the 11 yard line to set up their first touchdown. No one carry was spectacular which in this case is a good thing as it was a sign of consistency, something he hadn't shown much of this year since he was typically surrounded by the medical staff.