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06-29-2008, 06:09 AM
RB Kevin Jones workout witnessed by 4 NFL teams
By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
9 hours, 40 minutes ago

Buzz Up PrintKevin Jones went through a workout Saturday while four NFL teams watched the running back sprint and cut just five months after he had major knee surgery.

Dr. D.S. Ping, who has been helping Jones rehabilitate his right knee, said Miami, Green Bay, Pittsburgh and Detroit sent representatives to the workout in Saline, Mich.

The Lions cut their former first-round pick in March with one year left on his contract after he hurt the knee late last season, adding to the injury woes that have stunted his success in the league.

The Cleveland Browns also called, Ping said, and asked for a video of the workout.

Jones did a shuttle run on wet grass in 4.3 seconds, ran around cones and caught passes.

“All the teams basically said they were amazed by what Kevin can do,” Ping said.

Jones missed the first two games last season recovering from a foot injury that also sidelined him for the last three games of 2006. He ran for at least 70 yards in five games, including a season-high 105, before hurting his knee Dec. 23 against the Chiefs.

A few months later, the Lions released him. The franchise was interested enough, though, to send director of pro personnel Sheldon White about 45 minutes west of Detroit to witness the workout.

“Sheldon said what impressed him was Kevin’s burst after standing still,” Ping recalled. “He also liked how Kevin picked himself up and finished a drill when he slipped on the grass that was really slick because of a lot of rain.”

Ron Hughes, the Steelers’ college scouting coordinator, was also impressed.

“Ron told me he thought Kevin ran really well,” Ping said.

Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery on Jones’ right knee in January and told him it would take up to 10 months to get back on the field. Jones, though, expects to go through non-contact drills during training camp with the team that signs him.

“I honestly feel like I’m ready to play right now,” Jones insisted earlier this month.

Jones has said several other teams have also shown interest. He’s vying for a job along with free agent running backs such as Shaun Alexander, Chris Henry, Ron Dayne and Cedric Benson.

He ran for 3,000-plus yards in four seasons in Detroit, including 1,133 yards as a rookie in 2004.

Galax Steeler
06-29-2008, 07:58 AM
I think Jones is still a good back and will be playing for someone soon.

Elvis
06-29-2008, 08:52 AM
:noidea: Just really dont understand why the steelers were there checking out another RB. I would think that we would be set at RB for the time being.

stillers4me
06-29-2008, 09:06 AM
:noidea: Just really dont understand why the steelers were there checking out another RB. I would think that we would be set at RB for the time being.

That was my first thought.

fansince'76
06-29-2008, 09:07 AM
:noidea: Just really dont understand why the steelers were there checking out another RB.

Particularly one that can't seem to stay healthy. Can you say "Duce?"

stillers4me
06-29-2008, 09:24 AM
What about special teams? You know Tomlin is bound and determined to fix it.

Elvis
06-29-2008, 09:29 AM
Yeh, but I dont know how good he is at Special Teams, and we definitely need help at that spot on the field
:tt02:

Steelman16
06-29-2008, 09:56 AM
I always thought Jones was a good runningback on a poor team. But why would we need him? Or even look at him? We have Willie, Mendenhall, Moore and Russell already.

Makes no sense to me.

There's several other teams that need him though...but not us.

lamberts-lost-tooth
06-29-2008, 10:06 AM
:noidea: Just really dont understand why the steelers were there checking out another RB. I would think that we would be set at RB for the time being.

You are right that we are set at RB...but with the amount of homeless RB's trying out for teams...I think that we have to keep our minds open to (at least) the possiblity that we might be able to pick up a very good RB at a good price.

Simply put...if the situation were to present itself...would your rather have a RB depth of Parker/Mendenhall/Moore/JONES or Parker/Mendenhall/Moore/Russell?

Not only would we have RB depth that would be the envy of the league..but the trade possibilities next year would be enormous....As much as I would hate to see Parker go...with that type of depth we could get VERY high value (1st round and then some) for our starting RB, and STILL be set for the future.

The problem would be less as to whether we need an RB as it would be to ..what decent RB would want to go to the Steelers with the depth we have?

CantStop85
06-29-2008, 10:11 AM
Interesting that Detroit actually showed up. Maybe they're rethinking their decision to cut him.

Texasteel
06-29-2008, 10:24 AM
Interesting that Detroit actually showed up. Maybe they're rethinking their decision to cut him.

I'm guessing that they are hoping to sign him for less than they were paying him. A bit of a gamble, if thats what they are thinking.

lilyoder6
06-29-2008, 12:48 PM
that would be stupid tho.. b/c now jones has the decision on to where he wants to play and get out of the horrible det lions

Haiku_Dirtt
06-29-2008, 01:19 PM
What is refreshing is the lack of news coming out regarding the Steelers.

This just in..."Steelers watching Jones" and "Somewhere someone drank a glass of water"

NO NEWS = GOOD NEWS

Back to the main event....the final collapse of the US equity indices which will affectionately be renamed the Obama crash. :popcorn:

19ward86
06-29-2008, 02:27 PM
ive always liked jones as a rb, but he never had a chance with detroits o-line.

HometownGal
06-29-2008, 03:44 PM
Three very simple words. . .

No Thank You.

Elvis
06-29-2008, 04:34 PM
You are right that we are set at RB...but with the amount of homeless RB's trying out for teams...I think that we have to keep our minds open to (at least) the possiblity that we might be able to pick up a very good RB at a good price.

Simply put...if the situation were to present itself...would your rather have a RB depth of Parker/Mendenhall/Moore/JONES or Parker/Mendenhall/Moore/Russell?

Not only would we have RB depth that would be the envy of the league..but the trade possibilities next year would be enormous....As much as I would hate to see Parker go...with that type of depth we could get VERY high value (1st round and then some) for our starting RB, and STILL be set for the future.

The problem would be less as to whether we need an RB as it would be to ..what decent RB would want to go to the Steelers with the depth we have?
Point well taken Lambert.. If the steelers could get him cheap then it would be ok with me
:hatsoff:

slashsteel
06-29-2008, 04:55 PM
Well never leave any stone unturned is the Steelers/Colbert's motto. Never stop looking to upgrade. even if a position is one of strength. If Kevin can be brought in on a one year deal say at the vet minimum. Why not? In training camp if he doesn't work out you cut the strings. No harm no foul. Davenport became a expensive option and didn't get the job done from a short yardage perspective. His release saved us a little over 1 mil. Not saying we will sign Kevin, but it sure doesn't hurt to look. Yes and to leave no stone unturned.:tt02:

steel anchor
06-29-2008, 05:43 PM
I live in bears country and I'm amazed with the players they have at the skill position I can't believe they are not interested. Like I say around here that's why there the bears. And we're 5 time. :helmet:

lamberts-lost-tooth
06-29-2008, 05:46 PM
I live in bears country and I'm amazed with the players they have at the skill position I can't believe they are not interested. Like I say around here that's why there the bears. And we're 5 time. :helmet:

I was wondering the same thing...I know that they have the "other" Adrian Peterson...and they have the rookie Matt Forte (who will be very good)...but Kevin Jones could be a starter on this team while Forte learns to play in the NFL.

BlastFurnace
06-29-2008, 05:51 PM
Three very simple words. . .

No Thank You.

Agree completely. There isn't a place on the roster for Kevin Jones.

lilyoder6
06-29-2008, 10:43 PM
i think jones could be a starter in most teams.. the thing i'm seeing is u still have alexander, benson and jones in FA.. y aren't teams like cle,cincy, ari, looking at these rb as they all need another rb on there team

Aussie_steeler
06-30-2008, 07:55 AM
Not only would we have RB depth that would be the envy of the league..but the trade possibilities next year would be enormous....As much as I would hate to see Parker go...with that type of depth we could get VERY high value (1st round and then some) for our starting RB, and STILL be set for the future.

I have to be very careful how I word this without being labelled by the mob as a FWP hater.

I think you have possibly hit the nail on the head LLT.

The steelers are in a position now that Denver has found it in occasionally over the past few seasons. With the possibility of having a wealth of talent at RB then trades become a realistic option to support the growth and development of a team if you look like not being able to retain your superstar come free agency time.

FWP may end up in a similar boat to Faneca and want superstar pay. I cant see that amount of money being made available so losing him to FA is almost guaranteed.

I would rather the FO be proactive than reactive.

DACEB
06-30-2008, 09:59 AM
You are right that we are set at RB...but with the amount of homeless RB's trying out for teams...I think that we have to keep our minds open to (at least) the possiblity that we might be able to pick up a very good RB at a good price.

Simply put...if the situation were to present itself...would your rather have a RB depth of Parker/Mendenhall/Moore/JONES or Parker/Mendenhall/Moore/Russell?

I would have to say Parker/Mendenhall/Moore/Russell. I believe Russell will be a very good RB in the future. Russell will prove valuable also as he proves he is NFL ready, which he's already taken huge strides.

Not only would we have RB depth that would be the envy of the league..but the trade possibilities next year would be enormous....As much as I would hate to see Parker go...with that type of depth we could get VERY high value (1st round and then some) for our starting RB, and STILL be set for the future.

The problem would be less as to whether we need an RB as it would be to ..what decent RB would want to go to the Steelers with the depth we have?

Can't argue with your fiscal view, but Russell would offer the same insurance for FWP.

lamberts-lost-tooth
06-30-2008, 10:08 AM
I would have to say Parker/Mendenhall/Moore/Russell. I believe Russell will be a very good RB in the future. Russell will prove valuable also as he proves he is NFL ready, which he's already taken huge strides.
Can't argue with your fiscal view, but Russell would offer the same insurance for FWP.

Agreed....the only difference would be that you are banking on achievement as opposed to potential...I personally would take Jones...but either way you make a good point about how it doesnt change the fiscal perspective.

KeiselPower99
06-30-2008, 03:04 PM
What if we sign Shaun Alexander too??? Or maybe Daunte Culpeper as a 2nd qb??? 2 moves not gonna happen just like Jones or Bentley coming here.

lilyoder6
06-30-2008, 10:35 PM
well shaun alexander is old and at the end of his career.... and we alrdy have a proven 2nd string qb... we don't have a center that has proved he should start at center 4 us

cubanstogie
07-01-2008, 12:17 PM
The writing is on the wall, Willie is a goner. Just kidding. That does lead in to my next prediction. I think Willies best days are behind him. I hope I am wrong, I love the guy and wish him success. I just have a feeling he won't be starting much longer.

The Duke
07-01-2008, 03:45 PM
The writing is on the wall, Willie is a goner. Just kidding. That does lead in to my next prediction. I think Willies best days are behind him. I hope I am wrong, I love the guy and wish him success. I just have a feeling he won't be starting much longer.

I would like to see him playing with a competent o line( no, faneca wasn't enough) before making that statement. if he plays that good with the current o line I'd like to see him work behind a real one

St33lersguy
07-01-2008, 04:25 PM
I thought the Steelers were all set at RB, guess I am wrong. The Steelers were just wasting time doing this. If he does sign what use will he be???

steelymcmatt
07-10-2008, 06:37 PM
Caught this on Sirius and thought it was interesting I don't think it was posted anywhere else. If it was, I apologize!

RB Jones to visit Bucs next week
Former Lions running back Kevin Jones is scheduled to visit the Bucs next week.

Jones, who is recovering from knee surgery, met with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, according to Dr. D.S. Ping, who is helping Jones rehabilitate his injury.
Jones conducted a workout June 29 in Saline, Mich., that was attended by representatives from four teams -- the Dolphins, Packers, Steelers and Lions.

slashsteel
07-10-2008, 07:35 PM
I would much rather have Bentley (if he is heathy)