Jacksonville Jaguars: 15 best running backs of all-time
By John Buhler
We have arrived at a fullback. Greg Jones was an excellent fullback for the Jaguars for eight of his nine NFL seasons. Jones was a second-round pick by the Jaguars in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Florida State, where he was one of the most prolific tailbacks in the history of Seminoles football.
Right away, Jones was a key contributor to the Jaguars’ ground game in 2004. Playing in all 16 games as a rookie and making three starts, Jones had 62 carries for 162 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He backed up that decent rookie season with his best year to date in 2005.
As a second-year player, Jones rushed for 575 yards on 151 carries for four touchdowns, starting in 13 of the 24 games he played that season. His 41.1 yards per game ended up being a massive outlier in his decade-long NFL career.
Jones unfortunately saw his production as a ball carrier dwindle beginning in 2006. He suffered a torn ACL during a preseason game that summer and missed the entire fall campaign. Jones would bounce back somewhat with 42 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns in 2007. However, he would serve as primarily Maurice Jones-Drew’s lead blocker for most of the rest of his career.
Jones-Drew became a star in Duval with Jones blocking for him. Though his rushing totals evaporated almost entirely, Jones did prove that he could snag a few balls out of the backfield as a receiver. His receptions more than doubled his carries in the final five years with the Jaguars.
Jones would spend the 2013 NFL season with the division rival Houston Texans before calling it a career. In eight seasons over nine years with the Jaguars, Jones had 911 rushing yards on 270 carries for 10 touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 68 catches for 437 yards and three touchdowns. Simply put, Jones was a team player who made all of those around him better.