RB Jonas Gray - Free Agent
|5-10, 225||Born: 6-27-1990||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: ---|
2015 Week 3 vs BUF (9 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The 200-yard, 4 TD oversleeping phenomenon for the Pats last season turned up in Miami for his first real game-action since last November. Although he only got his first action when the Dolphins were already down 3 scores in the first half, he ran hard, shedding tacklers on his way to over 5 yards per carry on the day. Gray was a Miami practice squader before he turned up in New England, so it's not out of the question there is a role for him going forward. Putting Tannehill under center and running play-action to Gray did seem to help the offense late in the first half on Sunday. Not a priority add by any means, but it's possible the Dolphins see Gray as the Moreno to Miller from last season. A move to a run heavy attack could be what the shaky offensive line needs.
2015 Week 6 vs TEN (7 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
While Damien Williams will remain the change of pace back, it looks like Jonas Gray has wrestled away the direct backup to Lamar Miller job. While he didn't touch the ball much for the first 3 quarters, when the Dolphins decided to rest Miller, Gray got his chance. The result was 36 yards on 8 total touches, and Gray was close to getting in the end zone, before Tannehill threw a TD to Sims. Gray out-touched Williams 8-2, so if Lamar Miller were to go down, Gray would be the back to own. However, he's not worth owning except in the deepest of leagues as a shaky handcuff at this point.
2015 Week 7 vs HOU (12 / 48 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jonas Gray remained the clear direct backup to Lamar Miller, as he handled the majority of the heavy lifting in the run game in the second half, with Miller getting a much-deserved breather. Damien Williams also gave away a fumble, which may increase the gap between the two players. While both players were very efficient with their touches, Gray doubled Williams in touches. Gray runs hard, and while he wouldn't be locked into an exclusive lead-back role if Lamar Miller were to go down, he'd be the leader in touches in the Miami backfield. With the volume at which Miami has been running the ball, and the way the defense has been playing since Dan Campbell took over, Gray may worth a pickup as a handcuff in deeper leagues.
2015 Week 8 vs NE (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Against his former team, Gray completely took over the backup RB job. Damien Williams saw a few snaps, but it was the Gray Show in garbage time after Lamar Miller left the game. He actually out-produced Miller in the yards department, but it came solely on the back of a few catches in the 4th quarter. He actually had one key drop on a 3rd down that completely ended any hope the Dolphins had to come back. He is still just a handcuff to Lamar Miller, but he has solidified that role, even to the point where he may be a 3-down player if Miller goes down. That ups his potential, but he's still just a recommended pickup in deep leagues only.
2015 Week 16 vs NO (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gray's first carry ended up being the longest of his career (23 yards), coming off a well-blocked Power play where he got through the first two levels of the defense untouched. He followed that up with a 25 yard run in the third quarter that was negated by a holding penalty.
2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonas Gray made his Patriots debut, rushing 3 times. He played a mere handful of snaps, and looked decent against a tough Jets run defense. A bigger sample size will be needed as he earns his way to more touches.
2014 Week 8 vs CHI (17 / 86 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
A week after seeing 3 carries, Jonas Gray operated as the primary early down back for the Patriots, having a very productive day and displaying solid vision and patience considering he was just called up from the practice squad 2 weeks prior. Run blocking was very good on the day, which did help Gray's stat line. Promisingly, he did see several goal line and red zone touches, but was unable to cash any of them in. On one particular play, Gray had an opportunity to cash in from the 1, but wasn't able to leap or avoid the pile well enough. That was a play he'd like to have back. He also had a couple other unsuccessful goal line runs, but those were more on his line than anything else. His long run was a good display of vision as he followed his blocking, hit the outside and ran over a couple defenders for 19 yards. Gray looks like the early down guy in New England who might be used in a Stevan Ridley type role, as Shane Vereen continued to operate as the third down and pass catching back.
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.
2014 Week 15 vs MIA (11 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Out of the blue, Jonas Gray received the most touches in the Patriots backfield, though several of his carries were in garbage time. However, he did run with great patience, most evident on his 3rd quarter sequence of a 7 yard catch followed by a 5 yard run. They don't sound like much, but they would have been no-gainers without the vision he displayed. Other than that, the gameplan called for more passes than runs, limiting Gray's touches and chances.
2014 Week 16 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With LeGarrette Blount out, Jonas Gray split carries with other running backs. The Jets front dominated the Patriots front, allowing Gray no room to work with. He did cash in a short touchdown run from a yard out, but beyond that, a quiet and unproductive day for Gray.
2014 Week 20 vs IND (4 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Many people thought they might see Jonas Gray as part of the game against the Colts, but with LeGarrette Blount running so well, Gray only saw garbage time touches.