Kevin Jones (American football)
birthdate=birth date and age|1982|8|21
Kevin S. Jones (born
August 21, 1982in city-state|Chester|Pennsylvania) is an American football running backfor the Chicago Bearsof the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions30th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college footballat Virginia Tech.
Virginia Techwhere he finished his career there with 3,475 yards and 35 touchdowns on 616 carries (5.6 yards per car. avg.), and 24 receptions for 229 yards (9.5 yards per rec. avg.). His 3,475 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns both rank second on the school's career-record list.
Jones had a very successful
rookieseason with the Lions and became only the third running backin franchise history to rush for 1,000+ yards in his rookie season, joining the ranks of Billy Simsand Hall of Famer Barry Sanders. He was sidelined at the end of the 2006 season with a Lisfranc fracture.
Jones, still working himself back from the
Lisfranc fracturesuffered in 2006, looked impressive early on in the season splitting carries with Tatum Belland saw his first action as a starter in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones rushed for 105 yards on 23 carries and 1 touchdown in his second start of the season in a Week 8 victory over the division rival Chicago Bears. [ [http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=2659&line=102977&spln=1 Fantasy Football Breaking News - Rotoworld.com ] ] In Week 7, Jones became the full time starter, getting the bulk of the carries for the Lions, with backup T.J. Duckettseeing only limited action. But Jones injured himself again, creating concern about his durability.
On March 13, 2008, the Lions released Jones. However, it was reported that the team could bring him back at a reduced salary. [cite web|url=http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080313/SPORTS01/80313059/1049/rss14|title=Lions release Kevin Jones and Kalimba Edwards|date=2008-03-13|accessdate=2008-03-13|last=Cotsonika|first=Nicholas|publisher=Detroit Free Press]
In May 2008, the
New England Patriotshosted a visit with Jones at Gillette Stadium. Back in the 2004 NFL Draft, the Patriots had been high on Jones when he was coming out of Virginia Tech, and were prepared to select him with the No. 32 overall selection in that draft, but the Lions selected him through a trade at No. 30. [cite web|url=http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story?id=09000d5d80848e21&template=with-video&confirm=true|title=Patriots continue to look to add depth - NFL.com]
On July 14, 2008, it was reported that Jones would sign with either the
Chicago Bearsor Pittsburgh Steelersthe following day. On July 15, he signed a one-year, $605,000 contract with the Bears. [ [http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8347354/Bears-sign-RB-Jones-to-1-year-deal Bears sign Jones] ]
* [http://www.chicagobears.com/team/player195.html Chicago Bears bio]
* [http://www.detroitlions.com/bio.cfm?bio_id=220&season=7 Detroit Lions bio]
* [http://www.hokiesports.com/football/players/2003/jones.html Virginia Tech Hokies bio]
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