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Thomas Jones
PETER KING
August 06, 2007
JETS CAMP, HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. In seven NFL seasons Thomas Jones rarely played to expectations. The 2000 first-rounder underperformed in Arizona and didn't break out until his third team, the Bears, drafted Cedric Benson in 2005--Jones responded by topping 1,350 total yards in both '05 and '06. Now the Jets, who in March acquired Jones for a second-rounder, want him to play like the premier back he's been for the last two years. For their sake he'd better: Just last week Curtis Martin retired and Cedric Houston left the team. Coach Eric Mangini is counting on Jones to strike some fear into defenses, enabling quarterback Chad Pennington to exploit the play action. "Anytime you have an effective running game, that play action has so much more pull," says Mangini. For that to happen the Jets will have to see the Thomas Jones who lives up to expectations.
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August 06, 2007

Thomas Jones

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JETS CAMP, HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. In seven NFL seasons Thomas Jones rarely played to expectations. The 2000 first-rounder underperformed in Arizona and didn't break out until his third team, the Bears, drafted Cedric Benson in 2005-- Jones responded by topping 1,350 total yards in both '05 and '06. Now the Jets, who in March acquired Jones for a second-rounder, want him to play like the premier back he's been for the last two years. For their sake he'd better: Just last week Curtis Martin retired and Cedric Houston left the team. Coach Eric Mangini is counting on Jones to strike some fear into defenses, enabling quarterback Chad Pennington to exploit the play action. "Anytime you have an effective running game, that play action has so much more pull," says Mangini. For that to happen the Jets will have to see the Thomas Jones who lives up to expectations.

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