RB Thomas Jones - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-10, 216||Born: 8-19-1978||College: Virginia||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
2011 Week 1 vs BUF (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones was phased out of the gameplan, for obvious reasons. On his 2 carries, he looked slow and remains a short yardage plodder. Whether he still gets a lot of carries this year remains to be seen, as this game just didn't set itself up for him to do anything.
2011 Week 2 vs DET (12 / 40 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
On his first carry of the game he was the beneficiary of some great run blocking by the Chiefs OL. This game just got away from the Chiefs. The loss of Jamaal Charles cannot be understated. Jones later on the same drive ran a stretch run to the left which you wouldn't figure he could pull off at his age but the Chiefs dialed it up so he isn't simply a pounder between the A" gaps but can also run sweeps when asked to. In the 2nd half he was running well but the Chiefs fell behind 27-3 in the 3rd quarter so they weren't about to keep running the football. Thomas Jones in this writer's opinion will probably get the most carries moving forward. He will also get a breather from McClain but Jones likely on weeks when the Chiefs are actually in the game could see about 12-15 carries. What that will equal in yards and points will be a guessing game but right now the Chiefs are in bad shape and it starts at the top with the head coach, maybe even the GM.
2011 Week 3 vs SD (14 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Jones started and got the first carry. He was also given the short yardage carry on fourth down early on, which he converted. But compared to the running of Dexter McCluster, Jones looked a step or five slower. Still, as was often the case with Jamaal Charles and Jones, effectiveness does not necessarily translate to more carries. Despite McCluster averaging five yards per carry and Jones averaging a little over two, Jones still saw five more carries than his counterpart.
2011 Week 4 vs MIN (11 / 37 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones unimpressive stat line may actually be more flattering than his performance actually was. After a couple of nice cuts on runs of 9 and 12 yards early on, he disappeared from the game plan for the remainder of the half. In the third quarter he had 3 carries for 3 yards, but was the back that got the ball inside the five. At the end of the game, needing a first down to seal the game, the Chiefs gave the ball to Jones for a one yard loss...and then put in Jackie Battle to put the game away, and he did. Jones looked like the slowest of the three backs (four if you count Cassel).
2011 Week 5 vs IND (10 / 55 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
The 2011 story of Thomas Jones may have been perfectly summed up by the first play of the game. Jones caught a screen in the flat and made one man miss, but he didn't have the speed to turn the play into more than a 4 yard gain. Three plays later he went off tackle for 13 yards, but then Jackie Battle came in to spell him and Jones would see only three carries for seven yards the rest of the half. Other than one burst through a gaping hole for 21 yards, the second half wasn't much better for Jones, although that wasn't entirely his fault. For one thing, he had an 11 yard run called back for holding, and 16 yard run eliminated by offsetting penalties. The other thing? Well, Jackie Battle took 15 of his touches...
2011 Week 7 vs OAK (9 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones was given the gratuitous first carry of the game and turned it into a loss of three. It was really hard to imagine, based on the eye test, why Jones was getting any carries as he lacks McCluster's speed and Battle's ability to push the pile forward. He disappeared for a large portion of the game only to return to help Battle run the clock out. As ineffective as McCluster was at times, Jones was clearly the third most impressive back for the Chiefs.
2011 Week 8 vs SD (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones was really just used to spare Battle and then at the end to get the ball in the right position for the Succop field goal. It's clear that Haley still has a lot of respect for the veteran, but there is no denying when you watch the two that Jones cannot play at the level Battle is playing right now.
2011 Week 9 vs MIA (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Had a couple of carries but Kansas City was behind most of the day. He had a nice carry Off RT on the opening drive for 5 yards but outside of that he didn't see the ball much and when he did he was stuffed.
2011 Week 10 vs DEN (4 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones looked as bad as he's looked all year. Earlier in the year he was at least content to pick up 1-2 yards by slamming into the pile. Now he's getting no push because he's trying so hard to find an open hole to run through. He is not the kind of back that can stop and restart behind the line and he tried to twice with no success whatsoever.
2011 Week 11 vs NE (8 / 48 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones had his most impressive carry of the season in the first quarter. He made a strong cutback left and outran first a linebacker and then a safety around the left side. Both defenders took terrible angles to try to stop him, but the run was impressive nonetheless. Unfortunately, it was the only impressive thing Jones did all night, even though the carry earned him another 7 touches (on which he averaged just over 3 yards per carry).
2011 Week 12 vs PIT (13 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Thomas Jones is who we thought he was. He's still serviceable as he ages quickly, but he's not a back that's going to provide breakaway speed. He leaned forward for a couple yards after contact in this game, but he's not going to be a guy who can get to 100 yards on 20 or fewer carries anymore. And this team won't give him that many carries in a game anyway.
2011 Week 13 vs CHI (16 / 36 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Thomas Jones had the bulk of the carries for the Chiefs in this game, but the Chicago defense held him to minimal gains all day. His longest rush of the day was an eight yard plunge up the middle in the first quarter. Even in the fourth quarter, with the Chiefs leading 10-3, Jones had four carries for -1 yards. He finished the game averaging just over 2 yards per carry and did not have a pass reception.
2011 Week 14 vs NYJ (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones triumphant return to New Jersey was a little short on the triumph as he got only a handful of carries and looked like he had lost some of the ability he'd shown when he was a Jet. It didn't help that when they wanted to, the Jets could stack the box without fear of an effective aerial counter-attack.
2011 Week 15 vs GB (15 / 48 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
In a nod to the veteran, new head coach Romeo Crennel reinstalled Thomas Jones as the starting running back and gave him a majority of the carries. A majority of those carries turned into the same plodding 2-3 yards totes Chiefs fans have become accustomed to over the season but he did show flashes of his old self. Jones' biggest play came on a screen pass early in the game. Jones did a good job after the catch of following his blockers and rumbling all the way down to the 4 yard line but it looked for much of the play like a TD. Jones came out of the game with the Chiefs inside the 5 and didn't get a chance to finish the drive off. Jones showed a little shiftiness in the second quarter with 6 and 9 yard runs. On both runs he showed good vision and the ability to make a cut without completely losing his momentum. He actually got a carry inside the 5 on this drive as well but was taken down just shy of the marker on 3rd and 2. The Chiefs tried to showcase the run to start the second half, and Jones picked up 7 yards on his first 2 carries before being blown up in the backfield on a 3rd and 4 draw play. He again got into the action in scoring position but lost 2 yards on first and goal from the 3. He did finish strong with 13 yards on his final 2 carries. The most impressive part was that the Packers knew the run was coming and Jones was still able to make a tackler miss and pick up the important first down.
2011 Week 16 vs OAK (11 / 51 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones showed the most energy he has all year and had a couple of beautiful runs to show for it. In the first quarter he had a 22 yard run that included 2 cuts within 5 yards of the line and a juke of the safety. He did well later in the quarter to find 3 yards on 2nd and 3 when it looked like there was nothing there. Jones showed good shiftiness and the occasional hint of the burst that hasn't been there all season. He had limited success in the second half other than a 9 yard run in the 4th quarter but did manage to show that there is still a little bounce in his step.
2011 Week 17 vs DEN (15 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones again got the start but did not have anywhere near the success that his running mate Dexter McCluster did. His best two runs came in the first and fourth quarters. In the first quarter, on a play where he looked to be forced out of bounds at the line of scrimmage he managed to tip toe past a defender and down the sideline for a 6 yard gain. In the 4th, on 3rd and 13, he had his strongest run of the day, fighting through a tackle for an 8 yard gain. Other than those two carries he barely averaged 2 yards a pop.
2010 Week 1 vs SD (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 2 vs CLE (22 / 83 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 3 vs SF (19 / 95 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 5 vs IND (8 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 6 vs HOU (19 / 100 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 7 vs JAX (20 / 125 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 8 vs BUF (19 / 77 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 9 vs OAK (19 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 10 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 11 vs ARI (15 / 71 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 12 vs SEA (20 / 68 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 13 vs DEN (11 / 53 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 14 vs SD (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 15 vs STL (22 / 62 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 16 vs TEN (23 / 51 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 17 vs OAK (10 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 18 vs BAL (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 1 vs HOU (20 / 107 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 2 vs NE (14 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 3 vs TEN (14 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 4 vs NO (13 / 48 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 5 vs MIA (13 / 42 / 2 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 6 vs BUF (22 / 210 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 7 vs OAK (26 / 121 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 8 vs MIA (27 / 102 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 10 vs JAX (21 / 77 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 11 vs NE (21 / 103 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 12 vs CAR (25 / 75 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 13 vs BUF (23 / 109 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 14 vs TB (24 / 99 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 15 vs ATL (19 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 16 vs IND (23 / 105 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 17 vs CIN (27 / 78 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 18 vs CIN (15 / 34 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 19 vs SD (14 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 20 vs IND (16 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
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.
2008 Week 1 vs MIA (22 / 101 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 2 / 0 rec)
Jones got off to a great start as he carried 22 times for 101 yards and added two catches. He moved well behind the Jets offensive line and hit the hole with authority and decisiveness. He was also able to punch in his first touchdown of the season as he took a third quarter handoff six yards to pay dirt, which ultimately iced the game.
2008 Week 2 vs NE (17 / 70 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Jones looked quick at times when running with the ball. He made some very nice moves to break tackles and gain some extra yardage. Jones also lined-up as wideout on the first drive of the game. He failed to score on two carries from the three yard line and also took a nine yard run down to the one yard line late in the game to set up the team's only touchdown on the day.
2008 Week 3 vs SD (10 / 37 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Jones only had six carries for 22 yards as the Jets struggled to get into a rhythm on offense and sustain drives in the first half. Things did not get any better for Jones in the second half as the Jets fell behind and had to abandon the rushing game. Jones did run hard in limited action, but did have a costly fumble in the first half.
2008 Week 4 vs ARI (18 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Thomas Jones ran the ball 18 times for 46 yards on the ground and caught two passes for 23 yards on two targets in the passing game. His numbers suffered with an obvious emphasis on the passing attack, and the fact that Arizona showed some fight and made a comeback attempt in the second half, and New York kept going back to what got them the lead in the first place, their passing game.
2008 Week 6 vs CIN (17 / 65 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 1 rec)
Jones was definitely the focal point of the offense against an outmatched Bengal defense as he had 20 touches, finding the end zone three times in total. Jones scored twice out on the ground as he was able to gain 65 yards on 17 carries, running hard and downhill with purpose. His other touchdown came on one of his three receptions as he took a quick pass out of the flat for the score.
2008 Week 7 vs OAK (24 / 159 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones was the workhorse again for the second straight week as he carried 24 times for 159 yards. He was relied on heavily as the Jets struggled to move the chains through the air. Running hard and making some nice moves in the open field Jones found a solid rhythm and broke off some big gains.
2008 Week 8 vs KC (14 / 54 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Thomas Jones had a productive day but not what we expected. He only carried the ball fourteen times. He was very productive on those carries but the Jets relied on passing the ball all day. He did get a short yardage TD. Jones was only used once in the passing game.
2008 Week 9 vs BUF (12 / 69 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 38 / 0 rec)
Jones had a solid game as he went over 100 total yards rushing and receiving while punching in the Jets only offensive touchdown. He has continued his hard nosed running as he now has four touchdowns in his last four games. He also showed his dual threat ability out of the backfield and he was able to bring in six of his eight targets for 38 yards.
2008 Week 10 vs STL (26 / 149 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones had a career day and tied the Jets record for three rushing touchdowns in a game. From the opening drive, Jones and the Jets offensive line began to impose their will on the hapless Rams. Throughout the day Jones showed determination by keeping his legs moving and he also had nice cutbacks. Every one of Jones carries was for positive yards and he seemed to be aided by some shoddy Rams tackling. The second touchdown of the game for Jones was very reminiscent of a rugby play. Jones nearly had his forward progress stopped by the Rams prior to both Tony Richardson and other Jet lineman arriving on the scene. They helped carry Jones the last two yards before breaking the goal line.
2008 Week 11 vs NE (30 / 104 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jones ran hard and got plenty of opportunities in this game carrying the ball 30 times. He followed his blockers well and got the yards he should. Jones was not able to break off any longer runs as his biggest rush went for 13 yards. His lone touchdown came on a one yard dive late in the game to give the Jets the lead. Also of note, Jones did receive some red zone targets as well.
2008 Week 12 vs TEN (27 / 96 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)
Jones was the workhorse, grinding out yards on all 27 of his carries. He recorded 30 touches, compiling 117 yards in total while adding a receiving touchdown in the effort. Jones was leaned on heavily by Mangini and the Jets and was able to find just enough against the stout defensive front of Tennessee. He clearly benefited from the effectiveness of Leon Washington in the backup role as he ran hard downhill with authority.
2008 Week 13 vs DEN (16 / 138 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
In the second quarter, Jones exploded through a hole on the right side, breaking down the wide open right side of the field for a 59 yard touchdown. In a bizarre play in the second quarter, Jones took a carry up the middle and got tripped up by a defender. However, Jones rolled over the back of the defender without his elbow or shoulder touching, and jumped back up and finished the run for a 29 yard score. Concluding the third quarter, Jones displayed his toughness and speed, breaking tackles on two consecutive runs for 13 and 14 yards. Jones finished with 159 total yards and two touchdowns, another great game for the Jets' running back.
2008 Week 14 vs SF (10 / 56 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jones played well with the limited number of touches he had. He showed good burst through the line and excellent cutting ability on a few of his runs, making initial defenders miss him several times. Jones did score his 12th rushing touchdown of the season, which tied him for the franchise lead with Curtis Martin.
2008 Week 15 vs BUF (20 / 78 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Although Jones didn't have a monster game, he was once again productive, racking up 78 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Jones' lone score came in the first quarter, when he took a handoff and made it in the end zone for the two yard touchdown.
2008 Week 16 vs SEA (17 / 67 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Jones averaged 4.0 yards per carry, but saw his attempts limited in the second half with the Jets trailing for all of it. Jones did receive 85 percent of the tailback carries, with a 17 to 3 advantage in terms of carries. Additionally, Jones received all of the catches out of the backfield, averaging 9.7 yards per reception.
2008 Week 17 vs MIA (10 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Jones was keyed and shut down for most of the game, gaining only 23 yards on ten carries as well as being obsolete in the passing game. He found no room to run as the Jets were clearly more effective with Leon Washington working out of the backfield.
2007 Week 1 vs NE (14 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jones had a rough start to his debut as the feature running back for the New York Jets. At the end of the first half, he was under ten total rushing yards for the game. The New England defense was putting consistent pressure on the offense, getting through the gap and plugging up the running lanes. After the first half Jones showed some good burst and elusiveness, finishing the day with 14 rushes for 42 yards. He was targeted twice, once by each quarterback, which he converted into one catch for a six yard gain.
2007 Week 2 vs BAL (24 / 67 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Jones ran with power throughout the game, hitting the hole hard and driving into defenders. The holes just weren't really there for him though, as he had no double digit yardage gains, and only averaged 2.8 yards per carry. To his credit, Jones wasn't an effective part of the offense due mostly to game situation and the strength of the offense, as he clearly ran with a conviction that was very impressive. He had a nice 21 yard reception in the first quarter on a dump off pass from Clemens. He bobbled a pass in the third quarter that center Nick Mangold caught for a loss of three yards; it was the second year player Mangold's first NFL catch. Jones fumbled early in the fourth quarter, but a teammate on the offensive line quickly pounced on it for the recovery.
2007 Week 3 vs MIA (25 / 110 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
The Jets needed Jones to grind out the tough yards, pick up first downs, and keep the clock moving. He responded with 110 yards, with 19 of his 25 carries coming in the second half and New York clinging to a lead. He also took advantage of the Zach Thomas missing the game for Miami.
2007 Week 4 vs BUF (12 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
With Buffalo's defensive woes, Jones figured to have a big game. Instead, he gained only 35 yards on 12 carries. 31 of those yards came on four runs, meaning Jones gained only four yards on his other eight attempts. Although Jones was not having a big game, the Jets abandoned the running game in favor of Pennington passes, even though the game was close. Given more of an opportunity, Jones may have been able to post more respectable numbers. Jones caught two passes for 20 yards.
2007 Week 5 vs NYG (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jones had another sub par performance rushing 13 times for 36 yards while hauling in two passes for another 14. He had no room to run as the Jets interior line got no push and produced no holes.
2007 Week 6 vs PHI (24 / 130 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Thomas Jones ran well and was given a healthy dose of carries. Carrying 24 times for 130 yards, Jones reached a season high in rushing yards in a loosing effort. He had room all day behind an offensive line that has been less than stellar. He saw one target, in which he converted to an 11 yard gain and was not much of a factor in the passing game.
2007 Week 7 vs CIN (19 / 67 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones could never get going, and the Jets gave up on the run game with Thomas Jones in the third quarter, giving Leon Washington most of the remaining playing time since Washington is also a pass threat.
2007 Week 8 vs BUF (16 / 70 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Jones had another solid day and made the most of his limited carries, rushing 16 times for 70 yards, while adding five receptions for 34 yards. He was an integral parts of the Jets offense for most of the day however the inability of the Jets to sustain a drive, did not give Jones any opportunities to find the end zone.
2007 Week 9 vs WAS (13 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Jones had a decent game running the ball, but never become a serious factor. The game plan called for more passes than runs, despite New York leading for most of the game. Jones' 65 total yards was second on the team.
2007 Week 11 vs PIT (30 / 117 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jones had a great game, averaging nearly four yards per carry against the tough Steelers defense. The Jets never stopped feeding him the ball and he never stopped hitting the hole hard and fighting for every inch he could. With an inexperienced QB now under center, the Jets may be been more committed to running the ball, a great omen for owners who made Jones a high draft choice. He became the first player to gain at least 100 yards against the Steelers since Edgerrin James in 2005.
2007 Week 12 vs DAL (17 / 40 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Jones suffered from not getting much assistance from his offensive line, and as a result posted mediocre rushing numbers. He would attack the line of scrimmage, but very rarely got through for positive yards. Thanks to his cutting ability and speed, he was able to turn a few plays that would have resulted in loss of yards into minimal gains.
2007 Week 13 vs MIA (24 / 75 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Thomas Jones had a solid day as he accumulated 100 total yards and a touchdown in the big victory. He rushed 24 times and saw only one target come his way, which he converted into a 25 yard passing play. He was overshadowed however by Jets backup running back Leon Washington, who was the primary beneficiary of the Jets offensive explosion.
2007 Week 14 vs CLE (24 / 106 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jones averaged 4.4 yards per carry and had a long run of seventeen yards on his way to eclipsing the hundred yard mark, but failed to get the ball into the end zone on a pair of carries from the one yard line early in the second quarter as the Browns defense penetrated and kept him from hitting the hole. Jones moved within 56 yards on his third straight 1000 yard season, however has only one touchdown on the season.
2007 Week 15 vs NE (9 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jones, whose nine carries led the team, was only able to gain 19 yards rushing while bringing in two of his three targets for 19 yards.
2007 Week 16 vs TEN (21 / 58 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)
Thomas Jones again found no room to run as he averaged a mere 2.7 yards per rush, finishing the day with only 63 total yards. Jones also saw four targets come his way as he surprisingly out produced fellow running back Leon Washington catching passes out of the backfield. He was a clear check down most of the game for Pennington, as his three catches totaled only five yards.
2007 Week 17 vs KC (25 / 98 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 1 rec)
Jones had a solid day against the Chiefs as he gained 98 yards on 25 attempts and added a fifteen yard touchdown reception. He had room to run for most of the day and was their workhorse as he received more than half of their 40 rushing attempts. In the first quarter, Jones took an inside screen pass from 15 yards to pay dirt as he notched his first receiving, and second total touchdown of the year.
2006 Week 1 vs GB (21 / 63 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones started the game for Chicago and carried the ball 14 times before halftime. In the second half, he gave way to Cedric Benson as Chicago continued to try and run the ball, eat up clock, and keep Green Bay off the field. Most of his carries were between the tackles, which Green Bay was ready for, but he did break off a 17 yard run when he cut off left tackle. Jones avoided taking a loss on a running play by throwing to Grossman who was minding his own business on the far sideline. Play resulted in a penalty, Grossman was ineligible, but the Packers took the play and the four yard loss.
2006 Week 2 vs DET (21 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Jones had a couple of nice bursts Sunday including a nice 15 yard jaunt but finished with a quiet 64 yards on 21 carries. Jones did not figure much in the team's passing game as he was targeted only twice and caught one pass for two yards. It was the Bears' passing game that led the offense in this contest.
2006 Week 3 vs MIN (18 / 54 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jones garnered all the carries on the game with 18 for 54 yards against an attacking Vikings' defense. Jones also had three catches for 11 yards.
2006 Week 4 vs SEA (24 / 98 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jones came up only two yards short of his first 100 yard rushing game of the season. He started slow, but gained more and more yardage as the game wore on and the Seattle defense got tired and demoralized. Jones scored two touchdowns on rushes near the goal line. He converted two of his three pass targets. Jones ran hard, including a 29 yard rush early in the third quarter.
2006 Week 5 vs BUF (21 / 110 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jones had his second 100 yard rushing day in 15 games as he finished with 109 yards on 22 carries and caught four balls for another 13 yards. He was spelled by Benson in the second quarter and Benson made the most of the opportunity. Jones is clearly the #1 guy but it looks like he may give up some carries to Benson.
2006 Week 6 vs ARI (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jones only ran the ball 11 times in the game. He converted two first downs and his longest run gained 11 yards. Jones caught three of his four targets for a total of 14 yards. The Bears trailed early and for most of the game, and had to abandon the run.
2006 Week 8 vs SF (23 / 111 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Jones found plenty of running room in this game and gained a season high 111 yards. Jones got off to a great start, gaining 53 yards in his first eight carries, including a seven yard touchdown run. On that particular play, Jones looked for a hole off of right guard, then slid to the left and still found nothing, before finally reversing all the way back around the right end for an easy touchdown. Jones could have had an even bigger game; he was stopped short of the end zone on a fourth and goal play late in the third quarter. Plus, he not lost carries to the less effective Cedric Benson. However, giving up some carries may be better for his health in the long run. Jones added four catches for 23 yards.
2006 Week 9 vs MIA (20 / 69 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Jones has only been averaging 3.9 yards per carry this season, and Miami did nothing to improve his average. He is a tough runner who picks up the tough yards, and gained 69 yards on 20 carries. Jones caught four passes as the Bears tried to swing him out of the backfield and give Grossman more time to throw. He is also good at picking up blitzes and giving his quarterback more protection, but at times the Bears were simply overwhelmed by the Miami pass rush.
2006 Week 10 vs NYG (30 / 113 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jones turned around what looked to be a poor rushing day on one play. With the Bears deep in their own territory with a third and 22, he took the handoff on a draw play and scampered left for 26 yards. Jones proceeded to be the Bears' offensive workhorse, finishing with 123 total yards and one rushing touchdown on 33 touches. Jones had a touchdown called back on a offensive holding penalty. He was stripped of the ball late in the first quarter, which led to a Giants' field goal.
2006 Week 11 vs NYJ (23 / 121 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Jones was very effective in this game. He carried the ball 23 times for 121 yards with his longest run coming on a 19 yard scamper. Ironically he fumbled at the end of that run but it was reviewed and overturned. It allowed the Bears to punt from their own 28 instead of the Jets taking over at that spot. Jones was a workhorse on the Chicago field goal drive. He carried the ball on seven straight runs to get them down to the New York two yard line. The Bears had first and goal from the Jets four yard line and Jones ran three times but couldn't get in the end zone. Gould capped the drive with a 20 yard field goal. Later in the game, Jones carried the ball five times on a ten play drive that chewed up 4:28 in the fourth quarter. In the game, Jones picked up six first downs on the ground including one of them on fourth and one. He was thrown to three times, catching two of them for the grand total of one yard.
2006 Week 12 vs NE (23 / 99 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Jones nearly had another 100 yard rushing game, which would have been his third in a row and fifth in the last seven games. He still ran strong, getting better as the game wore on. He seemed to peak in the third quarter, rushing 10 times for 48 yards, and then capped his afternoon with 35 more on just five carries in the final period. Jones ran twice for a long of 17 yards, with both carries coming in the second half. The only issue with his performance was that RB Cedric Benson stole his touchdown opportunity in the fourth quarter. It should be noted, however, that Jones also got carries in goal line and red zone situations.
2006 Week 13 vs MIN (12 / 32 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones had a very quiet game as he only had 32 yards on 12 carries. Jones' only big play of the game came on third and two play that he made a nice cut up the middle of the field for a 16 yard run. He split carries with Cedric Benson in the first half and only had 28 yards on five carries. Jones was held to only four yards on seven carries in the second half as Benson was the more effective back in the second half.
2006 Week 14 vs STL (11 / 76 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Jones was targeted on screen play on the Bears' second drive and he made the catch for a 21 yard gain. After just 18 rushing yards in the first half, Jones had a big impact on the Bears' first possession after the break. He broke a 24 yard run for a first down, and then ran 30 yards for a touchdown on the following play. He saw very little action after that as the Bears had the game under control.
2006 Week 15 vs TB (17 / 68 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Jones split carries with Cedric Benson, but still led the Bears with 68 yards rushing on 17 carries. Jones also got into the end zone from five yards out in the second quarter and caught three passes for 16 yards on four targets in the passing game.
2006 Week 16 vs DET (12 / 62 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jones had a few less carries but better yardage, finishing with 12 carries for 61 yards. He pulled in two of the three passes thrown his way. Without a clear cut number one running back, neither Chicago back can be depended on for regular strong fantasy production.
2006 Week 17 vs GB (9 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)
Jones rushed for just 19 yards on five carries in the first quarter of play and had no carries in the second quarter. In the second half, it was much of the same for Jones with just four carries for eight yards. Jones appeared to have the same lethargic look that most of the Bears' offense had all game. He was clearly out performed by Benson in this game and hopefully will show some spark in the playoffs. Jones finished with nine carries for 27 yards. He had a catch, on a screen pass that went for negative yardage.
2006 Week 19 vs SEA (21 / 66 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jones got a heavy workload early. On the first Chicago possession Jones got eight carries capped by a nine yard touchdown. He ran well up the middle because the Seahawk interior defensive line was getting blown off the ball. On the few carries that the Bears tried to run to the outside Jones was run down and stopped for little or no gain. Just before halftime Jones scored his second touchdown on a fourth down carry at the Seattle seven yard line. He was able to score both of his touchdowns behind the right side of the Chicago offensive line going in untouched. Late in the game Jones gave way to backup RB Cedric Benson.
2006 Week 20 vs NO (19 / 123 / 2 rush, 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones started out in the backfield for the Bears, but stood watching on the sidelines for much of the first quarter after only two carries. Backup RB Cedric Benson logged twelve straight carries through the first quarter and into the second quarter. Jones returned for one play near the goal line. He was targeted with a pass from QB Rex Grossman on the goal line, but the pass was behind him on the play. Jones stayed in the game on their next drive and was rewarding with several giant holes to run through. Eight consecutive carries and 69 yards later Jones took the Bears into the New Orleans end zone. The first was a fourteen yard gain. Jones did a good jog of making the first defender miss deep in the hole. The second was a thirty three yard gain that he bounced to the right sideline. They continued to feed him the ball picking up yardage in big chunks. The sixth carry was a beauty. He made a great cutback to his right taking the ball down to the goal line. Jones capped the long drive with a two yard plunge for the first touchdown of the game. He put the capper on the game with his fifteen yard touchdown run at the end of the game. Jones reversed field running back to his left on a play designed to go to the right.
2006 Week 21 vs IND (15 / 112 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Jones broke several tackles on his second carry of the game to give the Bears first and goal at the five yard line with a 52 yard run. Jones did not have much success after that, although he did have a 14 yard reception and a 12 yard carry for first downs. One other 12 yard gain was negated by a penalty.
2005 Week 1 vs WAS (15 / 31 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jones had a poor game rushing the ball with an average of 2.1 yards per carry on 15 attempts. He did score the Bears' lone touchdown of the game on a one yard run early in the third quarter. Jones was also one of Kyle Orton's favorite targets in the passing game, tying Mark Bradley for second on the team with four targets. None of his touches resulted in a gain of more than eight yards, so his big play potential was bottled up by the Redskin defense. Jones had a run for seven yards and a reception for negative yardage nullified by penalties. He carried the ball three times in the red zone out of the Bears' six red zone plays for the game.
2005 Week 2 vs DET (20 / 139 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jones had a stellar game against the Lions, collecting 139 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He ran for a three yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game, when he had 34 yards on five carries. He ran for a 16 yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter before yielding to Cedric Benson for the rest of the game. He did not lose yardage on a single carry and had six rushes for more than ten yards. He had three rushes inside the red zone and turned them into two touchdowns. He caught both passes thrown in his direction for the game for 19 yards.
2005 Week 3 vs CIN (27 / 106 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jones didn't have an explosive game, but he got his yards when called upon. He was the lone bright spot for the Chicago offense, going over 100 yards once again and adding a short touchdown run to his ledger as well. Unfortunately for Jones, the Bengals came out of the half on fire and put the Bears down early enough to render the run game obsolete.
2005 Week 5 vs CLE (24 / 137 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
A healthy Jones is a pivotal part of the Bears' offense. On their first drive, he was involved with all five plays, rushing for 11 yards on four carries and making one reception for two yards. Jones had a nine yard touchdown run called back on a face mask penalty committed by Roberto Garza. He was terrific during the Bears' first drive of the third quarter. He carried the ball seven times for 73 yards with carries of 23, 15, and 25 yards. Jones left the field injured in the fourth quarter with a strained knee. He was later seen walking it off on the sidelines and getting his knee taped up.
2005 Week 6 vs MIN (23 / 89 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jones started the game at running back and showed no ill effects from his knee injury. Although he did not reach the 100 yard plateau, Jones had another impressive outing. He ran for 89 yards and scored two touchdowns. On his first touchdown, Jones ran off tackle to the right for 24 yards and ran into the end zone virtually untouched. His second touchdown came late in the game on a one yard goal line plunge. Jones did lose a bad fumble early in the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 7 vs BAL (25 / 139 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Jones had a workman-like game through three quarters, generating 56 yards on 13 carries. When the Bears had the lead in the fourth quarter, he carried the ball 12 more times for another 83 yards, including the 42 yard play on the final drive that helped the Bears run out the clock. He had two carries in the red zone, getting stopped well short of the goal line in both cases. He was targeted on only one pass, a screen play that was blown up by the Baltimore defense.
2005 Week 8 vs DET (22 / 72 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Jones was the featured back for the Bears until the fourth quarter and he made the most of it with 22 carries for 72 yards. He was also active in the passing game and made three receptions for 25 yards. Jones made a 15 yard catch on a play action pass. He made a 17 yard gain during the second quarter on a run to the outside. Jones made a costly fumble during the fourth quarter that was recovered by the Lions. Jones left the field with a rib injury in the fourth quarter and even though he was seen having his ribs taped up, did not return to the game.
2005 Week 9 vs NO (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -6 / 0 rec)
Jones had 40 yards on 11 first half carries, including a 16 yard rush on a third down draw play. He had one carry in the red zone, a four yard pickup to the three yard line. He did not appear in the second half of the game and it was reported that he had reinjured his chest/ribs and would not return. Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson both saw playing time in his absence.
2005 Week 11 vs CAR (25 / 87 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones ran for 87 hard fought yards on 25 carries. His rib injury seems to be a thing of the past as he took a number of shots from the Carolina defense. Jones showed great patience in looking for the hole and a very good burst into it once it opens. He was targeted only once as often he and the fullback assisted in picking of blocks of the oncoming pass rushers.
2005 Week 12 vs TB (25 / 72 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Jones averaged a little less than three yards a carry in the game with 72 yards rushing, but he is clearly the main running back and was highly involved in the offense. He was targeted four times and caught three passes for 50 yards, which made him the leading Bears' receiver for the game. He made some big runs for a first down that led to important field goals in the second and third quarter. The Bears also fed him the ball late in the fourth quarter allowing the team to pick up an important first down, leaving the Buccaneers with no time to mount a game tying or winning drive. His longest run was for 19 yards in the third quarter which was part of the drive leading to the Bears' final field goal.
2005 Week 13 vs GB (19 / 93 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones broke loose for a 27 yard run on a brilliant cut back against the grain for his longest rushing attempt of the season to set up the Bears' first score of the game. On the same drive, he got his only red zone rushing attempt of the game but was stuffed for no gain from the three yard line. He ended the game with 93 yards on 19 attempts. He was replaced by backup Adrian Peterson for two entire drives, but this was not due to injury. The Bears were trying to keep Jones fresh for the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 14 vs PIT (14 / 72 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Jones had good numbers, 95 total yards and a touchdown, but 56 of his 72 rushing yards came on two plays, both on runs where he cut back to the left sideline, the first for 20 yards in the first quarter, the second for 36 in the third. He had 40 total yards on the Bears first scoring drive to help set up a field goal, but otherwise he had lots of trouble finding any room inside. By the mid-third quarter, the Bears were down 18 points, limiting Jones' role the rest of the game. His one yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was his seventh of the year, matching his career high set last year.
2005 Week 15 vs ATL (27 / 91 / 1 rush, 5 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Jones started slowly in this game, rushing for 21 yards on his first 11 attempts. Just before the end of the first half, he broke off a run of 31 yard to get the Bears out of bad field position. Jones scored the Bears' only touchdown of the game on a one yard plunge after the Falcons intercepted a pass and immediately fumbled it near the Bears' goal line.
2005 Week 16 vs GB (25 / 105 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Jones averaged 4.2 yards per carry, but did not have a number of big holes open, and had to create his own space for much of the afternoon. Jones' targets came wrapped around the halftime break, all on dump passes out of the backfield, one of which he never even saw coming as linebacker Nick Barnett was bearing down on him.
2005 Week 17 vs MIN (12 / 62 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones became only the second Bears' RB in club history to attain 1,300 rushing yards in a single season. The other was Walter Payton, who did it nine times. He had one big run in the game, a 35 yard burst up the gut early in the second quarter. After that run put him firmly ahead of that 1,300 yard plateau, he took a seat on the bench and remained there the rest of the game. The Bears had nothing to play for, and there was no need to risk their best offensive player in a meaningless game. With the season he just turned in, Jones has now increased his rushing yardage total each season he's been in the league, a span of six years. Jones had an opportunity to score a touchdown on a first quarter drive, but was stuffed at the four.