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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    Interesting.

    Assuming Morris is healthy and a lock to be on the team (along with Maroney and Faulk), if Jones were to be on the roster he would have to play on special teams in addition to his RB duties. Not saying that he's not better than Eckel because he is but Eckel is a good guy on all the kick teams.
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    I remember reading somewhere that Belichick really liked him coming out of VT and that the Pats almost picked him in the '04 draft.
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    He would be a nice addition if he is healthy. Good back for receiving downs and short yardage situations.
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    Right, we had drafted Wilfork (and traded for Dillon) and when Jones was sliding we were interested in trading up to get Jones with the pick we ended up taking Ben Watson.
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    I like the idea of adding something to the running back position.

    I am a little concerned about the injury but that is for our DRs to worry about.

    Kevin Jones when healthy has shown some nice ability and on a crappy Detroit team. Could be real interesting to see a healthy Kevin Jones on one of the best instead of one of the worst.
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    ANYTHING to improve the team...get competition in camp..whether it be the top positions...or the 43rd to 53rd...it all matters...
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    Took the words out of my mouth.

    This would be a pretty solid pickup, considering the possibility that Maroney, Faulk and Morris are all vulnerable to injury obviously. Guess it's more of a comfort thing.
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    Dare I say it...insurance if Faulk goes down.
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    Only problem is that KJ is the guy you pickup injury insurance *for*, not vice versa. I could see them keeping at extra RB on the roster this year with KJ as a potential heir apparent to Faulk. Will be real interesting if he signs ...
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    Perhaps they see himmas a PUP for the first 6 games, then make the decision.

    Two years ago he had 66 catches, and he is a former 1000 yd. back. This guy would be a nice addition.
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    Considering they didn't pick up a blocking TE this offseason why not throw more talent into the pool at RB? They could sign him to a minimal contract, put him on PUP to begin the season and he would be able to replace any of the 3 RBs (Maroney, Morris, or Faulk) if the injury bug hits.
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    No way you turn that down for the right price. That depth chart would be stoopid good.

    Maroney
    Morris
    Faulk
    Jones

    It would take a catastrophe for this team not to have production out of the ground game. Wasn't it reported the Patriots wanna keep the air game fresh? This could.
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    Talk about a low risk, high reward situation. Jones has been pretty damn good and productive at times. Unfortunately hes been plagued with injuries. If Morris hadn't played so well last year before getting injured I'd say sign him up no questions asked.

    Seriously, if Maroney were to go down I wouldn't be entirely surprised if Jones came and (assuming hes healthy) and was extremely productive for us. Of course he'd have to get ahead of Morris on the depth chart.

    Considering that he also has the versatility to be a 3rd down back backup for us I'm real excited about the possibility. I think another team will come in and take him though, he has starter potential IMO.
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    When healthy (which is not often), Jones is a better back than Morris. He would also make an Excellent replacement for Faulk when he hangs them up.
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    I'd agree, that is, until last year. Morris had a 4.5 ypc average. I also loved the way he ran. I think many of us felt that he was putting Maroney to shame the beginning of the year.
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    I love Sammy, don't get me wrong. But there are a lot of RB's in the league who could have picked up 4.5pc with that passing attack.

    A fully healthy Kevin Jones brings much more to the table from a pure talent stand point.
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    Agreed and some of it was in spot duty but I don't think I'm the only one that thinks he played a hell of a lot better than Lo Mo in the beginning. He was certainly more productive than our starter. Talent isn't everything. Nothing against Maroney, he played a lot better down the stretch.
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    If we can sign him cheap, then why not? Playing on a winning team always help you play better.
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    In week one, Maroney averaged 3.6 ypc. In week 2, he averaged 5.1 ypc. In week 3, he averaged 5.4 ypc. He got injured and didn't play the next 3 weeks.

    For Morris, weeks 1-3 averages were 4.9, 5.1 and 3.8 ypc.
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    Jones is 6-0, 228 and is only 25 yrs old. If fully recovered he brings an excellent combination of power and speed. He is a hard-nosed runner who has great lateral quickness and speed to create big plays. He has good vision and change of direction skills, he is a solid cutback runner which would be a perfect fit for the Pats' scheme. He displayes good leverage on blitz pickups as well which is also very important in the Pats' offense. He runs crisp routes and has good hands and is excellent after the catch.

    We brought him in and had the doctors take a look and if satisfied he would be a cheap and solid signing.
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    I agree with everyone who thinks he could be a better 'Sammy Morris.' I see absolutely no harm in bringing him in to replace Morris (if he proves he is better in training camp). Considering Jones's age and potential, it would be a perfect example of a low risk, high reward signing.
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    Right now, I'm chalking it up as due diligence--if a potential upgrade is available, it generally doesn't hurt to kick the tires and take it for a test drive. Doesn't mean you will (or won't) buy the car, though. :) [In other words: maybe they sign him, maybe they don't; no skin off my nose either way.]
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    I'd definitely be interested. He's young, good receiving back and I think he's better than he showed as a runner behind a poor Lions offensive line.

    Morris is on the 2nd year of a 2 year deal, correct? If so, they could really use Jones for the '09 season.
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    Even though I liked Jones alot with the Lions, I'm cautious about applying "fully recovered" to any back who has torn his ACL. Yeah, he had great lateral quickness, cutback speed, and change of direction skills before suffering that major injury, but who knows how his reconstructed knee will hold up?
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    Let me post this again. Under BB we have only carried 4 RB/FB.Kyle eckel is pretty good as he does not fumble the ball and he is still can be moved to pratice squad and back if we need a roster spot. If we add k.J. we need to loose another player from a spot or cut one of faulk,morris or maroney .
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    Re: RB Kevin Jones Met w/ Patriots (NFL Network)

    You've hit on the key thing here, IMO: Jones is a versatile, complete back. You need a guy to take the ball between the tackles 20 times a game? He's your guy. You need a guy to be a screen/draw threat on third downs and on those 2nd and 12s? He's your guy. You need a battering ram to hammer the ball in from the two? He's your guy.

    Even last year, when he was no better than average while recovering from a lis franc injury, he was able to score 8 touchdowns in limited action. Towards the end of the season, he was looking really good behind an O-line that could charitably be called well below average. The ACL was unfortunate, but without it he would've signed a big-money contract elsewhere. I really hope the Pats sign him and just be patient with him until December.
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    Nope. Second of four years, through 2010. That said, they could cut him and free up ~$550K of cap space.
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    The people who keep saying Morris "put Maroney to shame" during the early going aren't being accurate. Before Maroney sustained injury he was averaging 4.66 ypc, and totaled 252 yards in the first three games. During those first three games Morris averaged 4.57 ypc, and totaled 151 yards rushing. So, they both ran well, while sharing the load.

    Morris then had two back to back 100 yard games against the Bengals and Browns, before playing the Cowboys and getting injured. The Cowboys completely shut him down before the injury as well. It will be nice to see what they can do together again this year.

    Maroney came back the following week, but didn't receive many carries. Against Washington he put up 112 yards of offense, but wasn't used correctly in other games. Laurence did some damage (both rushing and receiving) when they gave him more playing time, and was a key part of the offense during some of their most important games.

    I don't know how many people remember this, but last year I complained that during a number of games the Patriots were only using Maroney on obvious running situations, and the majority of the times he was in the game you knew they were giving him the ball (I would call out the running play before the snap). Now, they were trying to set up play action passing in some of those situations, but it can be pretty tough going for a RB when the other team absolutely knows you're getting the ball almost every time you come into the game.
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