Tony Jones Jr.

Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #37
Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #37

Tony Jones Jr. News

Signed to active roster

Seattle signed Jones to its active roster Friday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones will provide depth at running back with DeeJay Dallas (ankle) listed as questionable for Saturday's wild-card matchup against the 49ers. The undrafted running back out of Notre Dame made four regular-season appearances with the Seahawks this season, totaling 11 touches for 34 yards across 26 offensive snaps.

Jan 13, 2023 12:47 PM EST

Back with Seattle's practice squad

Jones signed with the Seahawks' practice squad Monday.

Analysis: The Seahawks continue to expertly maneuver Jones' roster status as the third-year back has bounced between the active roster and practice squad for most of the year. Given Kenneth Walker's numerous injuries over the past couple of weeks, it wouldn't be surprising to see Jones crack the active roster before the end of the season.

Dec 26, 2022 7:21 PM EST

Let go by Seattle

The Seahawks waived Jones on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks claimed Jones off waivers from the Saints back in October, but he's since been let go after failing to carve out a consistent backfield role despite numerous injuries to the position. He'll now wait for further opportunities to compete for snaps elsewhere.

Dec 21, 2022 1:42 PM EST

Inactive Thursday

Jones is inactive for Thursday's game against San Francisco, John Boyle reports.

Analysis: Jones will miss Week 15 due to a coach's decision with Kenneth Walker (ankle) set to play after missing last week's loss to the Panthers. In the Week 14 loss, Jones only played five offensive snaps, while Travis Homer saw a majority of the workload. With DeeJay Dallas (ankle) also inactive again tonight, Travis Homer is in line to back up Walker against the 49ers.

Dec 15, 2022 4:13 PM EST

Just two touches in loss

Jones rushed once for two yards and didn't gain any yards on his one catch (two targets) in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Jones was in line for a respectable workload because Kenneth Walker (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) were inactive. However, Jones played just five offensive snaps while Travis Homer got the start and handled 48 snaps. There's a quick turnaround ahead of Thursday's matchup versus the 49ers, so there's a decent chance Walker and Dallas sit out again. It will be difficult to trust Jones for fantasy purposes considering his disappointing Week 14 usage.

Dec 12, 2022 5:18 PM EST

Timeshare on tap Sunday?

GM John Schneider said on Seattle Sports pregame show that he expects Jones, Travis Homer and Godwin Igwebuike all to get work in the Seahawks backfield Sunday versus the Panthers with Kenneth Walker (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) inactive.

Analysis: Jones has a chance to produce Week 14 with two of Seattle's top three running backs sidelined. Still, his overall stat line this season (seven carries for 14 yards, two catches for 18 yards) pales in comparison to Homer's (9-43-0 and 10-124-1, respectively). Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier Sunday that Jones could get the start over Homer, but considering Schneider's comment a timeshare may be in store for this backfield, which doesn't bode well for any of Jones, Homer or Igwebuike to put up a notable fantasy day.

Dec 11, 2022 12:59 PM EST

Could get Week 14 start

Adam Schefter said on ESPN's broadcast of "Fantasy Football Now" that he expects Jones to draw the start at running back over Travis Homer in Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Even if Jones is on the field for Seattle's first offensive snap of the game, it doesn't guarantee that he'll be in line for the biggest workload in a backfield that is expected to be without regular starter Kenneth Walker (ankle) and third-stringer DeeJay Dallas (ankle). When all of Walker, Dallas, Homer and Jones have been available, Jones has typically found himself on the inactive list, while Homer has usually served as the top change-of-pace option behind Walker. Expect Homer to at least serve as Seattle's preferred pass-catching back, and he could have the opportunity to poach carries from Jones if the latter struggles to get going early Sunday. Jones carried seven times for just 14 yards in last week's win over the Rams and has averaged 2.7 yards over 66 career carries across three NFL seasons.

Dec 11, 2022 9:06 AM EST

Expanded role likely awaits

Jones and Travis Homer are both expected to take more prominent roles out of the Seattle backfield Sunday against Carolina with Kenneth Walker (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) both listed as questionable but not expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: While Homer was inactive for last week's 27-23 win over the Rams, Jones suited up for Seattle for just the third time all season as the team's third running back behind Walker and Dallas. With both Walker and Dallas suffering injuries during the contest, Jones saw his first snaps on offense for Seattle, finishing with seven carries for 14 yards and two catches for 18 yards on four targets across 23 plays. Homer returned to full practice activity Thursday and is good to go for Sunday's contest, but because Seattle has rarely used him as much more than a change-of-pace option during his time with the team, it's possible that he shares snaps out of the backfield with Jones. Though both Homer and Jones look like better fantasy options than usual because of the absences of Walker and Dallas, the uncertainty of how head coach Pete Carroll may divide up the backfield work makes it tough to bank on either player to produce a useful line. Seattle also added a third running back, Godwin Igwebuike, from the practice squad Saturday to further gum up the works.

Dec 11, 2022 6:21 AM EST

Opportunity awaits?

Jones rushed seven times for 14 yards and caught two of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Jones entered the game as the No. 3 running back because Travis Homer (knee/illness) was inactive, but he was the last man standing in the backfield after Kenneth Walker (ankle) and DeeJay Dallas (ankle) both exited with injuries. Head coach Pete Carroll said that both Walker and Dallas underwent MRIs and haven't been ruled out for Week 14 versus the Panthers, and he won't know Homer's status until later in the week. At 5-foot-11, 224 pounds, Jones has the frame to carry a hefty workload, but he hasn't been efficient at the NFL level with 66 rushes for 177 yards (3.9 YPC). The Seahawks would likely sign a free agent or activate either Godwin Igwebuike or Darwin Thompson from the practice squad as depth options in the event Walker, Dallas and Homer can't go.

Dec 5, 2022 3:06 PM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Jones (coach's decision) was ruled inactive ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Jones signed with Seattle after being waived by the Saints on Oct. 8, though he has yet to see any action on offense with the Seahawks. The 24-year-old played 11 special-teams snaps over the past two weeks, and his next opportunity to play will come against the Cardinals on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Oct 30, 2022 12:15 PM EST

No offensive snaps

Jones didn't play an offensive snap in Sunday's 37-23 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Jones has suited up in two games for the Seahawks this season, but he has played exclusively on special teams while Kenneth Walker and DeeJay Dallas handled the offensive duties. Once Travis Homer (ribs) returns, Jones' chances of seeing the field will be essentially eliminated.

Oct 24, 2022 6:15 AM EST

Finds new home

Jones was claimed off waivers from the Saints on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jones hit the waiver wire Saturday, and with Rashaad Penny suffering a season-ending ankle injury against the Saints in Week 5, the former will now provide depth at running back for the Seahawks. Jones appeared in two games for the Saints this season, recording two carries for eight yards, while also hauling in each of his two targets for 12 yards.

Oct 10, 2022 2:34 PM EST

Waived by New Orleans

The Saints waived Jones on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jones appeared in the first two games of the season, and after playing just one offensive snaps in the opener, he garnered four touches for 20 yards across 32 offensive snaps in Week 2. However, he's been inactive for back-to-back weeks and has been let go to make room for depth at other positions.

Oct 8, 2022 5:59 PM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Jones (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest at Carolina.

Analysis: During Alvin Kamara's only appearance of the season Week 1, Jones was active but only earned one snap on offense. With Kamara out last Sunday against the Buccaneers due to a rib injury, Jones played 48 percent of the offensive snaps en route to four touches for 20 yards from scrimmage. Kamara is back in action this weekend, and with Mark Ingram also available, coach Dennis Allen has opted to keep Jones in street clothes this time around.

Sep 25, 2022 8:57 AM EST

Leads rushers in total snaps

Jones recorded eight yards over two carries and caught two targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Though Jones finished as the Saints' third-leading rusher behind Mark Ingram (10 carries, 60 yards) and Dwayne Washington (four carries, eight yards) with Alvin Kamara (ribs) sidelined Sunday, he actually paced the team's running backs corps in total offensive snaps played with 32. The 5-foot-11, 224-pound back made perhaps his largest impact as a pass blocker while lining up in the backfield on 48 percent of New Orleans' offensive snaps against Tampa Bay. Jones recorded 142 yards on 54 rushes over 11 games with the Saints last season, and his overall impact in both the rushing and passing games could make him an overall more valuable back than Washington should Kamara remain out in Week 3 against the Panthers.

Sep 19, 2022 7:52 PM EST

Gets 10 touches in preseason finale

Jones rushed eight times for 23 yards and caught both targets for 12 yards in Friday's 27-10 preseason win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram were the only running backs to feature on the Saints' first drive, but Jones got some touches with Ingram still in the game after that, providing a possible showcase of New Orleans' backfield distribution in the event Kamara misses time in the regular season due to suspension or injury. Jones appeared to hurt his leg late in the first half, per Katheirne Terrell of ESPN, but he continued to play in the second half. Jones should be available for the Sept. 11 regular season opener in Atlanta, assuming he makes the team.

Aug 26, 2022 8:22 PM EST

Tallies 39 total yards

Jones gained 19 yards on four rushes and also tallied three receptions on three targets for 20 yards.

Analysis: Jones started the game and saw increased run with each of Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Dwayne Washington sitting the game out. He picked up some chunk gains on the ground but was particularly impressive as a receiver. It's also worth noting that Jones made two tackles on special teams, which will almost certainly be his primary role once the regular season begins.

Aug 19, 2022 9:45 PM EST

Stepping up in practice

Jones is competing with Devine Ozigbo, Abram Smith and Dwayne Washington for a roster spot, Luke Johnson of reports.

Analysis: The third-year back has impressed thus far throughout training camp, gashing the Saints' defense for multiple nice runs which is important given he sits on the roster bubble. If Jones can continue receiving the coaches' appraisal, the 5-foot-11, 224-pound back could carve out a rotational role alongside Mark Ingram and the recently-acquired Malcolm Brown. However, all reserve running backs could receive a heavier workload pending on Alvin Kamara's legal situation, who has a court date currently set for September 29.

Aug 5, 2022 11:18 AM EST

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

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