Thomas Jones Fantasy News

Some KC names to keep an eye on

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 7:19pm

kcchiefs.com - [Full Article]

After just a three-day period of work, TE Tony Moeaki has proven that he has the both the best hands and the most ability to create mismatches among the players in his position group. Putting on pads will yield a lot more info on Moeaki… Behind Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles are a number of runners trying to find their way onto a roster with limited spots at the position. Kestahn Moore is still one of those players, although he does have one less runner to compete with following the release of Kolby Smith. Moore can become more than just a pleasant surprise if he displays the same speed and power with the pads as he did without the pads. WR Jerheme Urban looks to be in line for the most extensive action of his career. If he’s not in the Chiefs game plan once the regular season rolls around, something will have to take a downturn in training camp and/or the preseason. Urban left OTAs as one of the Chiefs most reliable targets.

Fantasy Impact:
Moeaki could be an interesting name to watch at TE, but TE is a pretty deep fantasy position. It's early, but Urban sounds like he could make an impact, and there's always a need for WRs. While you maybe shouldn't have high expectations, these are guys to keep an eye on through KC camp.

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Haley talks about Cheif RBs Charles and Jones

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 8:24pm

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Kansas City coach Todd Haley spoke at the NFL owners meeting Tuesday. He covered a lot of ground, centering on the team’s changes this offseason. Here is some of what Haley had to say about RBs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones: “In this day and age, it's a concern for everybody regardless of who it is because those guys talk a severe beating. If you don't have another quality back that you feel like if something happens to one or the other, there's a marked dropoff, then you're probably not doing yourself justice. I wouldn't say it's about Jamaal so much as it's about the way of the league right now. You need two quality backs.” “I don't want to set a role for Thomas. Thomas first of all came in and really blew us all away just with his attitude and his commitment and love for the game and desire to keep playing and playing at a high level and to be part of something special. That was something big on his list. He had been a couple of different places where it turned around and he liked that feeling. He wanted to be a part of it here. We're all just really excited to get him on to the team and get him in the building. I know he's excited about getting going. I'm a big believer in letting these guys play and compete and that was a big part of getting Thomas in here was to bring the level of competition to what maybe we didn't have.”

Fantasy Impact:
Charles will be one of the bigger fantasy question marks this season as far as what his value will be. He was pretty much a fantasy stud after taking over for the departed Larry Johnson last year. He's definitely the more dynamic back of the two and should get a majority of the work. Like Haley said, this is a trend in the league now outside of a few backs, like Chris Johnson and Steven Jackson for example. Considering that, why not own Charles. He looks like a top-ten RB and maybe even a mid-to-late first round pick.

Jamaal Charles Says He'll Be Fine For Training Camp

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 3:38pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles, who captured the hearts of fantasy owners everywhere (except those that were playing against him) with a big stretch run at the end of the 2009 season, underwent offseason shoulder surgery and hasn't been participating in May practice sessions, but says he'll be ready for training camp. “The shoulder’s holding up fine,” Charles said. “It’s getting better. They just want to keep me right until we really get started. They don’t want me to trip and fall on it, so that’s the best thing for me right now. I tell people not to worry about it.” Charles has some company in the Kansas City backfield in the form of Thomas Jones, the veteran who seems to age better than most running backs, but the former Texas Longhorn wasn't disillusioned by the addition of Jones. “I knew we had to get another playmaker and somebody to help me out,” Charles stated. “He’ll get some carries, I’ll get some carries. I don’t have any problem with that. When I go out of the game, I know we’ve got somebody that can pick us up. I don’t have to hurry up and catch my breath and go back in the game.”

Fantasy Impact:
Charles will get the most work in the Kansas City backfield, but the addition of Jones means he probably won't go in the first round of most drafts. However, every fantasy team can use a guy who can put a team on his back and carry it to a victory. Charles proved he can be that kind of player in Kansas City's season finale against Denver, when he rushed for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Although he doesn't have the upside he did before Jones entered the picture, Charles can still provide your fantasy team with a serious spark.

Chiefs hope for strong running game

Monday, May 17, 2010, 5:41pm

Kansascity.com - [Full Article]

Coming off his best season, legs still fresh and churning at 31, RB Thomas Jones had plenty of opportunities after becoming a free agent. He chose Kansas City, a team that already has RB Jamaal Charles, a star-on-the-rise back who ran for more than 1,000 yards as a part-timer last season and happens to be eight years younger than Jones. A chance for competition, to possibly form one of football's best running-back tandems and return a moribund franchise to its power-running roots. Jones' decision gives Kansas City a power-and-speed, youth-and-experience combination that could end up being the best in the AFC West, if not the NFL.

Fantasy Impact:
This is a nice piece about what to expect with the Chiefs and their rushing game with Charles and Jones. The line has been bolstered in hopes to be able to run the ball better. Charles looks like he'll be the workhouse with Jones as the change of pace for short yardage and maybe even the goal line. Charles appears to be dynamic enough to be able to find pay dirt from anywhere on the field which surely helps his fantasy status, and he'll be more of a threat in the passing game as well. Jones, right now, seems like a decent scoring league option.

RB Jamaal Charles has surgery

Monday, May 17, 2010, 3:45pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Among the players who did not practice for the Chiefs because of injury or conditioning reasons: RB Jamaal Charles, cornerback Brandon Flowers, TE Brad Cottam and TE Tony Moeaki and WR Lance Long and WR Quinten Lawrence. Charles and Flowers had shoulder surgery after the season.

Fantasy Impact:
This seems like a minor deal, but Charles has already been a topic of debate between a couple of scouts here at 4for4, especially concerning his keeper status heading into this season. He appears to be a top-10 fantasy back despite the addition of RB Thomas Jones and the drafting RB Dexter McCluster, who is actually expected to play as a slot WR. Charles left a good taste in our mouths from last year and could be poised for a monster fantasy season.

Thomas Jones leads all backs in carries since 2006

Monday, May 17, 2010, 12:36pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

No NFL running back has more carries in fewer games than RB Steven Jackson since the St. Louis Rams' running back broke out with 346 carries and 1,528 yards in 2006. Count Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. among those who think the Rams erred in leaning too heavily on Jackson last season. The chart ranks NFL running backs by most regular-season carries since 2006. Jackson and the 49ers' Frank Gore rank among the top four. Jackson also ranks third since 2005. The Rams' options beyond Jackson include Chris Ogbonnaya, Kenneth Darby, Keith Totson and DeMaundray Woolridge. Tops was RB Thomas Jones with 1,227 in 64 games and second was RB LaDianian Tomlinson with 1,178 in 62 games.

Fantasy Impact:
This chart is definitely something to think about, especially for those in keeper leagues. It could make you think twice about protecting, or drafting Stephen Jackson in the first round. There are some big names on this chart, and some fading stars as well.

Chiefs go RB McCluster with 37th overall pick

Friday, April 23, 2010, 6:34pm

The Chiefs drafted RB Dexter McCluster out of Mississippi with the 5th pick of the 2nd round (37th overall). McCluster is a small back (5-9, 170) with good speed and hands. Expect McCluster to get involved in the return game immediately, but his role on offense is unclear with the Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones both ahead of McCluster on the depth chart. There is some thought that McCluster could be converted into a slot receiver.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 1:02pm

ESPN.com - [Full Article]

Chiefs HC Todd Hailey on the expectations of new running back Thomas Jones: “I don't want to set a role for Thomas. Thomas first of all came in and really blew us all away just with his attitude and his commitment and love for the game and desire to keep playing and playing at a high level and to be part of something special. That was something big on his list. He had been a couple of different places where it turned around and he liked that feeling. He wanted to be a part of it here. We're all just really excited to get him on to the team and get him in the building. I know he's excited about getting going. I'm a big believer in letting these guys play and compete and that was a big part of getting Thomas in here was to bring the level of competition to what maybe we didn't have.” On Jamaal Charles’ durability: “In this day and age, it's a concern for everybody regardless of who it is because those guys talk a severe beating. If you don't have another quality back that you feel like if something happens to one or the other, there's a marked dropoff, then you're probably not doing yourself justice. I wouldn't say it's about Jamaal so much as it's about the way of the league right now. You need two quality backs.”

Jets sign Tomlinson to two-year deal

Sunday, March 14, 2010, 9:09pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Jets have signed running back Ladainian Tomlinson to a two-year contract, adding an aging star to an offense that ranked No. 1 in rushing last season. Tomlinson's agent, Tom Condon, confirmed the deal Sunday night. He's expected to back up Shonn Greene, who became the starter after leading-rusher Thomas Jones was released last week. The New York Daily News reported Tomlinson's two-year deal is worth $5.2 million, according to source, and can escalate to $5.7 million. "He wanted to go a team that he thought had a chance to compete for the championship," Condon told the AP. "He wanted to go somehwere where he had a chance to have a significant role, and so with the Jets he also was going to be very familiar with the offensive system."

Tomlinson, Jets have dinner, appear to be nearing deal

Saturday, March 13, 2010, 12:06pm

Newark Star Ledger - [Full Article]

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum may get his man once again. Two years after convincing Brett Favre that the Jets were the team for him, the GM was putting the hard sell on veteran running back Ladainian Tomlinson Friday night, and the former San Diego Chargers great and future Hall of Famer may just buy it. Tomlinson, an unrestricted free agent, arrived at the Jets’ Florham Park facility Friday morning and went to dinner Friday night with Tannenbaum, coach Rex Ryan and other Jets personnel in New Jersey. At the very least, it seems to be a two-horse race between the Jets and Vikings. It’s unclear if Tomlinson was originally scheduled to fly home to the West Coast Friday night, but since there were no late-night flights following dinner, he spent the night in New Jersey. His itinerary for Saturday is yet to be determined but the fact that the Jets have kept him in town another night could bode well for them. Tomlinson is reportedly intrigued with his potential role with the Jets and the idea of being reunited with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who was quarterbacks coach in San Diego while Tomlinson was tearing up the NFL. The Jets like Tomlinson’s leadership ability and feel he can be a mentor to second-year running back Shonn Greene. Reports were that the Vikings wowed Tomlinson during his visit there on Thursday and Minnesota could be willing to pay him more than the Jets, who are reportedly set to offer Tomlinson the same two-year, $5 million Thomas Jones signed with the Jones last week. The club is believed to have had a chance to match that deal and keep Jones. But the Jets have Ryan’s dynamic personality, the presence of Schottenheimer and the fact they are Super Bowl contenders as selling points for Tomlinson.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 10:14am

Kent Babb on Twitter - [Full Article]

Kent Babb of the KC Star notes that Jamaal Charles is still "THE running back" in Kansas City, and that the Thomas Jones signing will help Charles who was "on fumes" by the end of the '09 season. Babb also speculates that the workload will be split 65-35 in favor of Charles. Regardless, Charles fantasy value takes a hit with the Jones signing.

Chiefs sign Thomas Jones to two-year deal

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 10:09am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Chiefs signed free agent running back Thomas Jones, who helped the New York Jets reach the AFC Championship Game last season and was the NFL's third-leading rusher. The team announced the deal Tuesday, but declined to disclose the terms. NFL.com's Steve Wyche learned Tuesday, from a source with knowledge of the situation, that Jones' deal is for two years. Jones had career highs of 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, a year after being selected for the Pro Bowl following a season in which he ran for 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 31-year-old Jones is expected to complement third-year running back Jamaal Charles, who was Kansas City's MVP last season with 1,120 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

Jets to release RB Thomas Jones

Monday, March 1, 2010, 3:40pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The New York Jets have informed running back Thomas Jones that they will release him Friday, when the new NFL year begins, general manager Mike Tannenbaum announced in a statement. "Thomas joined us three years ago and has been a productive, passionate leader both on and off the field who has served as a positive influence for our younger players," Tannenbaum said Monday. Jones rushed for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns last season as the Jets made the playoffs as a wild-card team. However, the team then leaned heavily on rookie Shonn Greene, who gained 304 rushing yards in three playoff games.

Sources: Thomas Jones to become free agent

Sunday, February 28, 2010, 11:20am

ESPN.com - [Full Article]

New York Jets running back Thomas Jones will not restructure his contract and will be released this week, sources told ESPN on Saturday. Jones, who will become a free agent March 5, was slated to receive a $3 million roster bonus March 9 and a $2.8 million base salary in 2010. Jones, who has played the last three seasons for the Jets, rushed for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns on 331 carries last season. The Jets reached the AFC Championship Game.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 10:35am

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Jets RB Thomas Jones and WR Braylon Edwards were conspicuously absent in the locker room, avoiding reporters. This is what one player had to say about Edwards, who took veiled shots at O.C. Brian Schottenheimer after the game: "Nobody said anything when he dropped passes. For him to throw Schotty under the bus is B.S."