Thomas Jones RB KC Jul 06 '775 Comments

Thomas Jones rushed 14 times for just 31 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Jones added one catch for two yards. It was a predictably inept performance for Jones, who had averaged just 3.62 yards per carry over his previous 18 games coming into this one. And as the Chiefs fell behind, Jones lost the majority of his snaps to Dexter McCluster. The 33-year-old is nothing more than a desperation option for owners grasping at straws.

Thomas Jones RB KC Jul 04 '775 Comments

OC Bill Muir says the Chiefs plan to give Thomas Jones the ball "until his tongue is hanging out."

"We'll do whatever we've got to do to win the game," Muir said. "Wherever (Jones has) been, he's loved to carry the ball." With Dexter McCluster expected to be limited to 10-to-14 touches per game, Jones will shoulder the rest of the load. He has no upside, but is at least worth a flier in deeper leagues. Le'Ron McClain and Jackie Battle could eventually be in line for carries, but for now they're off the radar in even exceptionally deep formats.

Thomas Jones RB KC Jul 01 '779 Comments

The Chiefs' website refers to the team's backfield as a "running back by committee" situation following Jamaal Charles' torn ACL.

KCChiefs.com calls Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster, Le'Ron McClain, and Jackie Battle all candidates for carries. Jones, now 33 years old, has 14 rushing attempts for 43 yards (3.07 YPC) through two games. McCluster will probably play the most snaps because Kansas City will so often be trailing. Aside from McCluster, it's a situation to avoid in fantasy leagues.

Thomas Jones RB KC Jul 01 '77

The Chiefs' official site calls Thomas Jones the "best candidate for an increase in workload" following Jamaal Charles' season-ending knee injury.

Jones will be plugged in as the starter and leader of the Chiefs' new committee, but we don't have high hopes. He has averaged just 3.62 yards per carry over his last 18 games and was getting phased out of the offense prior to Charles' injury for a reason. Jones will be called upon to kill the clock if the Chiefs are sitting on a lead, but that doesn't figure to happen very often this season. Consider Jones a low-upside RB3 at best going forward.

Thomas Jones RB KC Jun 28 '771 Comment

Thomas Jones carried the ball 12 times for 40 yards in Week 2's blowout loss to the Lions.

Jones was actually rotating carries with Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster on the Chiefs' opening drive, but 10 of his totes came after Charles got knocked out of the game with a knee injury. Jones again displayed that he has little to no burst left, but with Charles appearing likely to miss at least a handful of games, he's a must add in all formats.

Thomas Jones RB KC Jun 06 '77

Thomas Jones rushed twice for four yards in the Chiefs' third preseason game.

He's sitting on nine preseason carries for 44 yards, buoyed by a 17-yard scamper in the opener. (Jones is at 3.37 YPC aside from that run.) Most notable is that Jones hasn't made a start in August, consistently playing behind Jamaal Charles. Don't be surprised if Jones' 2010 carry total is chopped in half this year.

Thomas Jones RB KC Jun 01 '77

Thomas Jones practiced fully Sunday despite his reported locker room fight with rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin.

Baldwin is doubtful for the rest of the preseason with a wrist injury, but Jones emerged from the scuffle just fine. He is unlikely to face any discipline from the team as Baldwin was in the wrong by all accounts. Jones remains a low-end handcuff that figures to lose more and more carries to Jamaal Charles as the season goes on.

Thomas Jones RB KC May 19 '77

Thomas Jones is listed ahead of Jamaal Charles on the Chiefs' initial depth chart.

Don't read too much into this. As the Kansas City Star points out, "the Chiefs almost always defer to the veteran in cases like this." Over the final eight weeks of last season, Charles recorded 117 carries while Jones got 108. With the veteran in steep decline and Charles proving himself as one of the best backs in the league, that gap will rise greatly. Jones is nothing more than a handcuff.