Tony Jones Jr.

New Orleans Saints
Running Back #37
New Orleans Saints
Running Back #37

Tony Jones Jr. News

Another quiet game

Jones recorded seven carries for 22 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Jones worked as the Saints' second back with Mark Ingram (knee) sidelined for the second consecutive game. He earned seven carries, his highest total since Week 12. However, that resulted in only 22 yards with his longest gain going for six yards. Jones racked up 54 total carries across 11 games this season, but with Ingram still under contract in 2022, Jones will likely begin the campaign n a depth role.

Jan 9, 2022 10:26 PM EST

Little output in Ingram's absence

Jones rushed once for minus-two yards during Sunday's 18-10 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: The absence of Mark Ingram (knee) seemingly pushed Jones into the No. 2 role at running back, but he only saw nine offensive snaps compared to 45 for Kamara and 20 for fullback Adam Prentice. Meanwhile, Kamara and quarterback Taysom Hill ended up handling 89 percent of the rushing attempts. Even if Ingram remains sidelined in Week 18 against Atlanta, it doesn't seem as if Jones will have a workload that could lead to useful fantasy numbers.

Jan 3, 2022 12:08 PM EST

Bound for No. 2 role Week 17

Jones is expected to serve as the No. 2 running back behind Alvin Kamara in Sunday's game against the Panthers with Mark Ingram (knee) listed as questionable but not expected to play, Bob Rose of reports.

Analysis: When Ingram was last sidelined Week 14 against the Jets after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Jones played 19 snaps on offense (28 percent) and carried six times for 10 yards while catching his lone target for a 19-yard gain. New Orleans won that game comfortably (30-9), but if Sunday's contest proves more competitive, Jones may be at risk of seeing a lighter workload if the playoff-hopeful Saints opt to lean more heavily on Kamara.

Jan 2, 2022 6:40 AM EST

Totals 29 yards

Jones rushed six times for 10 yards while catching his only target for 19 yards during Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: After being a healthy scratch in Week 13, the absence of Mark Ingram (COVID-19) seemingly threw Jones back into the mix. However, Alvin Kamara ended up commanding the vast majority the workload en route to 31 total touches. Even if Ingram remains sidelined in Week 15 against Tampa Bay, Jones isn't likely to serve in anything more than a reserve role.

Dec 13, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Surprise scratch Thursday

Jones (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Even with Alvin Kamara (knee) sidelined for a fourth straight contest, the Saints will keep Jones in street clothes in this one. Instead, Mark Ingram is slated to handle the bulk of the reps out of the backfield, with wide receiver Ty Montgomery, fullback Adam Prentice and special teamer Dwayne Washington on hand for complementary work.

Dec 2, 2021 4:07 PM EST

Likely headed for reserve role

Jones is expected to serve as the Saints' No. 2 running back Thursday against the Cowboys with Mark Ingram (knee) in line to start in his return from a one-game absence, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Alvin Kamara (knee) sits atop the Saints' depth chart and is listed as questionable for Thursday's game, but Jane Slater and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier in the day that the 26-year-old will ultimately be sidelined for a fourth straight game while he contends with a sprained MCL. The Saints won't officially confirm Kamara's status until he's included on the team's inactive list that will be released 90 minutes prior to kickoff, but his absence likely won't be enough to ensure Jones maintains a big role on offense. Jones started in last week's Thanksgiving Day loss to the Bills and carried a team-high 16 times for 27 yards, but he was afforded the opportunity only because Ingram joined Kamara on the inactive list. With Ingram having since returned to practice in full capacity this week, he'll be in the clear to serve in a lead role out of the Saints' backfield, just as he did in the first two games that Kamara missed. Jones was available for the second of those two contests, but he played just 10 snaps on offense and finished with three carries for two yards in the Saints' 40-29 loss to the Eagles in Week 11.

Dec 2, 2021 12:34 PM EST

Leads backfield amid injuries

Jones rushed 16 times for 27 yards during Thursday's 31-6 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: With Alvin Kamara (knee) and Mark Ingram (knee) sidelined, Jones clearly served as the top option on early downs. However, the return of Terron Armstead wasn't enough to help him overcome the struggles of this Trevor Siemian-led offense, and Ty Montgomery stole a bunch of work on passing downs en route to seven targets. Even if Kamara and Ingram remain sidelined in Week 13 against Dallas, Jones seems hard to trust as a touchdown-dependent fantasy asset.

Nov 25, 2021 9:05 PM EST

Primed for bigger workload Thursday

Jones is poised to be the Saints' lead running back Thursday against the Bills with both Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram sidelined due to knee injuries, Mike Triplett of reports.

Analysis: While Kamara is missing a third consecutive contest, Ingram is logging his first absence since returning to New Orleans via trade from Houston back on Oct. 27. Jones thus is in line for more work, but his small sample isn't particularly encouraging. In five appearances this season, he's averaged 3.6 yards on 22 carries and hauled in four of six targets for 10 yards. Aside from Jones, the Saints likely will give wide receiver Ty Montgomery and special teamer Dwayne Washington some run out of the backfield as well.

Nov 25, 2021 4:06 PM EST

More work possible Thursday

Jones could be in line for a bigger workload Thursday against the Bills with Alvin Kamara (knee) ruled out and Mark Ingram (knee) questionable for the contest, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kamara's sprained MCL is forcing a third straight absence, while Ingram was listed as limited twice and with no activity once on Saints practice reports during Week 12 prep. If Ingram ends up joining Kamara as inactive Thursday, Jones, special teamer Dwayne Washington, fullback Alex Armah and wide receiver Ty Montgomery would be the candidates for backfield reps. To date, Jones has gotten the most work among the quartet at running back this season, averaging 3.6 yards on his 22 carries and gathering in four of six targets for 10 yards.

Nov 24, 2021 3:20 PM EST

Minimal role in return to lineup

Jones rushed three times for two yards during Sunday's 40-29 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: In his first game back from an ankle injury, Jones barely saw any work despite the absence of Alvin Kamara (knee). Instead, Mark Ingram (24 combined carries and targets) almost exclusively carried the load. Even if Kamara remains sidelined in Week 12 against Buffalo, Jones does not seem like an advisable fantasy option in any format.

Nov 21, 2021 5:33 PM EST

Opening looms in return from IR

Jones (ankle) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, per the NFL media's transactions page.

Analysis: Jones is back on the roster just in time for an intriguing opportunity Sunday in Philadelphia, as workhorse Alvin Kamara (knee) has been ruled out. While Mark Ingram is expected to get the starting nod in Kamara's absence, Jones is slated to work as his top backup ahead of special teams contributor Dwayne Washington. Jones averaged a respectable 4.1 yards per carry on 19 attempts in four games prior to injuring his ankle.

Nov 20, 2021 2:42 PM EST

On track to be activated

Jones (ankle) appears on track to be activated from injured reserve before Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Jones returned to practice Wednesday after a month-and-a-half absence, and he may now step right back in as the No. 2 running back, this time behind Mark Ingram instead of Alvin Kamara (knee). With both Kamara and slot receiver/scatback Ty Montgomery (finger) ruled out, the Saints are left with Ingram and special teamer Dwayne Washington as the backfield options apart from Jones. Last week, Ingram took on 18 touches and 85 percent snap share in a loss to Tennessee, though Montgomery did get a handful of plays in the backfield before exiting late in the first quarter with a finger injury.

Nov 19, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Returns to practice

Jones (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: The same goes for Alvin Kamara, who missed a Week 10 loss to Tennessee with a minor knee sprain. Mark Ingram filled in and took on a a three-down role this past Sunday, but there's still some chance for Jones to be the No. 2 back once he's healthy. Jones last played in Week 4, taking 23 touches for 87 yards over the first four games of the season.

Nov 17, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Heads to injured reserve

The Saints placed Jones (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jones was set to miss 3-to-4 weeks anyway after injuring his ankle this past Sunday versus the Giants. With this transaction, he'll now miss the Saints' next three games and won't be eligible to return until Sunday, Nov. 7 against the Falcons. While Jones is sidelined, New Orleans may rely on Alvin Kamara even more out of the backfield, but for any touches that linger Dwayne Washington and newcomer Devine Ozigbo will be on the case.

Oct 6, 2021 1:54 PM EST

To be sidelined 3-to-4 weeks

Jones (ankle) is in line to miss the next 3-to-4 weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Prior to getting carted off the field this past Sunday against the Giants, Jones experienced a decreasing share of the offensive snaps in each of the Saints' four games. On the season, he's turned 19 carries into 77 yards and caught four of six passes for 10 yards. New Orleans figures to sign a depth running back in short order after working out Duke Johnson, Lamar Miller, Brian Hill, Ito Smith and Ryquell Armstead on Tuesday.

Oct 5, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Carted off with ankle injury

Jones is questionable to return to Sunday's Week 4 matchup against the Giants with an ankle injury.

Analysis: Jones was carted off the field in the second quarter, though the nature of his injury was not apparent at the time. Dwayne Washington has served as the team's second back in the absence of Jones, though he has had very limited work behind Alvin Kamara and Taysom Hill.

Oct 3, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Four touches against Patriots

Jones rushed twice for 12 yards and caught two of two targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 28-13 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: With Alvin Kamara again commanding over 80 percent of the offensive snaps, Jones was nothing more than a change-of-pace option who seemingly lacks the standalone fantasy value that Latavius Murray once had with the Saints. As such, the 11 carries Jones saw in Week 1 against Green Bay are looking more and more like a product of the blowout nature of the game than anything else. While Jones would have significant fantasy value if anything happened to Kamara, he's probably not even a consideration for the flex spot otherwise.

Sep 27, 2021 11:03 AM EST

Little work in loss

Jones carried the ball three times for seven yards in Sunday's 26-7 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: The Saints' offense has no success moving the ball at all, leaving few touches and little room to operate for the rookie running back. Jones remains firmly behind Alvin Kamara on the depth chart, and the game script may not favor him getting much work in Week 3 as New Orleans is on the road in New England.

Sep 19, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Totals 53 yards

Jones rushed 11 times for 50 yards while securing his only target for three yards during Sunday's 38-3 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Jones was mixed into the offense from the second series onwards, but his final numbers probably overstate his involvement in the run game considering he rushed four straight times to run out the clock when the Saints were up 28 with less than two minutes remaining. The seven carries he otherwise saw were less than Latavius Murray's average of 9.6 rushing attempts from last year. Meanwhile Alvin Kamara's 20 carries was a hike from the 12.5 he averaged in 2020. If this sort of split holds, Jones may be less of a fantasy asset than Murray was in year's past, but he'll nonetheless be one of the more valuable backups to own in case something happens to Kamara.

Sep 13, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Top backup to Kamara

Jones will begin the season as the Saints' No. 2 running back after Latavius Murray was released on Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Jones was pushing for the No. 2 role behind Alvin Kamara throughout training camp, and the release of Murray indicates New Orleans is comfortable with Jones in that role. Jones spent last season on the practice squad before being promoted for Week 17 and carrying the ball three times for 13 yards. Kamara will remain the top dog in the backfield as long as he stays healthy, but Jones is now in line for occasional snaps and carries as the top backup.

Sep 7, 2021 2:31 PM EST

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