Julius Jones was brought in to Seattle prior to last season with expectations of jump starting a career that sputtered in Dallas. Many, including myself, believed he would do just that, jump start his career; however, he’s done everything but that.
After a hot start to the 2008 season with two games of at least 127 rushing yards, Jones failed to reach 90 yards in a single game during the rest of the season. Making things worse, Jones didn’t get into the end zone and only reached 60 yards in a game twice after Week Three. Instead, he fumbled four times and lost two of them to opposing defenses.
This season, Jones came into training camp singing the praises of new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, saying that Knapp’s zone blocking and “one cut and go” schemes were suited for him.
Well, he’s had two games over 90 yards this season and one of them was for 117, but, like last season, a good start has not amounted to much as time has worn on.
Since Week Three of this season, Jones has only topped 50 rushing yards once, but, things aren’t all bad, he has picked up a touchdown since then, matching his season total of last season with two scores on the ground.
His only true bright spot this season has come out of the passing game.
So far, he has six more receptions (20), 111 more receiving yards (177) and two additional scores (2) than he did all of last year.
A chest injury took him out of the Seahawks’ Week Ten matchup against the Cardinals in Arizona and he’s been forced to miss the following two weeks as well thanks to the injury.
Jones is expected back this week and head coach Jim Mora Jr. has said repeatedly that Jones is the team’s starting running back when he’s healthy.
The questions are though, and I turn to you Seahawks Nation, with Jones’ inability to consistently produce as the Seahawks’ starter, was he worth the gamble over Shaun Alexander last season? Do you have Jones on your roster next season? If so, is he your starter or is he backing up Forsett, a free agent signee or rookie?