Tony Jones Jr.

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

Tony Jones Jr. News

Signs future pact

Jones signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Jones spent the first 16 weeks on the practice squad before being called up in Week 17 after a COVID-19 situation occurred in the running back room. He rushed three times for 13 yards and took a backseat to Ty Montgomery. Jones likely will need to make an impact on special teams to secure a roster spot in 2021.

Jan 19, 2021 1:17 PM EST


Sent back to practice squad

Jones reverted to the Saints' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Saints running back Alvin Kamara tested positive for COVID-19, while both Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington were considered close contacts. All three sat out the season finale against Carolina. Jones was called up from the practice squad as a result, making his NFL debut. He logged just five snaps, translating into 13 yards on three carries, while Ty Montgomery led the backfield with 44 snaps and recorded 19 touches. Kamara, Murray and Washington could all return for Sunday's wild-card game against the Bears, so it's uncertain whether Jones will be promoted again.

Jan 5, 2021 12:16 PM EST



Promotion made official

Jones was promoted to the Saints' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Jones' promotion to the 53-man comes as no surprise with fellow running backs Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington all currently subjected to the league's COVID-19 protocol. Jones will be the primary backup behind Ty Montgomery on Sunday against the Panthers.

Jan 2, 2021 3:06 PM EST


Likely to be promoted

The Saints are expected to elevated Jones from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Saints running backs Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington are all in COVID-19 protocol and will be unavailable in Week 17. In turn, Jones likely will make his NFL debut in Sunday's game. The Notre Dame product carried 144 times for 857 yards and six touchdowns in his final season at college. Ty Montgomery and Taysom Hill are both candidates to handle the backfield reps as well.

Jan 2, 2021 8:59 AM EST


Shifts to practice roster

Jones cleared waivers Sunday and signed with the Saints' practice squad.

Analysis: Jones failed to make the Saints' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent, although he enjoyed an impressive senior season at Notre Dame with 857 yards and six scores on 144 carries and 104 yards and a touchdown on 15 receptions. The 23-year-old is the only running back on the Saints' practice squad to begin the season.

Sep 9, 2020 4:30 PM EST



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