Greg Jones Signs With Houston Texans, Jags Lose A Fan Favorite


June 12, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars fullback Greg Jones (33) runs during minicamp at Florida Blue Health

Greg Jones has been a fan favorite in Jacksonville for a long time.  He is a likable guy who plays hard and punishes the people trying to tackle the ballcarrier.  He has a tremendous work ethic, an unstoppable motor, and he has been a constant for the Jaguars for nine seasons, paving the way for both Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.

And now he has signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans.

Unlike seeing Derek Cox and Terrance Knighton walk in free agency, this one hurts.  For me, Jones has been one of my favorite running backs/lead blockers in the NFL for a long time.  His type of bruising football is what made me a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The ability to pave the road and make sure his runner had room behind him was unrivaled by almost all other fullbacks.

And now he is with an AFC South division rival.

Jones will undoubtedly do well with the Texans.  He works hard and the team knows what it’s getting in Jones.  Jones won’t be a superb receiving threat (though he can catch), he won’t be a superb running threat (though he was pretty good at one time), but he will be able to block for Arian Foster better than most other options the Texans likely considered.  Jones will have the opportunity to lead the way for another league-champion rusher and that will likely be big for him.

I wish him the best (just not beating the Jags) in all he does.  I’ll miss seeing this beast of a man in Black and Teal.

– Luke N. Sims

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