The New York Jets continue to prepare for Sunday’s season opener vs the New England Patroits, and it appears that they will have in uniform their biggest offseason pickup in running back Thomas Jones. The former Bears back missed the final three preseason games with a sore calf suffered in practice after the teams preseason opener, but has been back on the practice field, and it looks like he is ready to go for Sunday. “I’m feeling a lot better,” Jones said Friday.
Despite being officially listed as questionable on the teams injury report, Jones has been able to take the field for practice each day this week, basically assuring that he will be the feature back Sunday vs the Pats. This is the first week since the injury took place on August 12th that the back has been able to take the field. “The trainers have done a great job of getting me back on the practice field and getting me to go through some drills and things like that,” he said. “So, we’ll see how I feel on Sunday.”
Jones adds a huge boost to the Jets plans for Sunday, as without him it would have been Leon Washington as the featured back, but now with Jones, they can use the tandem if need be to soften up the passing game for Chad Pennington and company. “Hey, this is what I signed up for,” Jones said. “I’m just glad to be here. Hopefully, just try my best and contribute to the team.” Last season Jones ran for 1,210 yards for Chicago, and it’s those type of numbers that the Jets are hoping for again in 2007.