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Old 06-29-2008, 06:09 AM   #1
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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.
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I think Jones is still a good back and will be playing for someone soon.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:52 AM   #3
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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.
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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.
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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?"
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What about special teams? You know Tomlin is bound and determined to fix it.
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Yeh, but I dont know how good he is at Special Teams, and we definitely need help at that spot on the field
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Default Re: Kevin Jones watched by 4 teams

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.
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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?
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Default Re: Kevin Jones watched by 4 teams

Interesting that Detroit actually showed up. Maybe they're rethinking their decision to cut him.
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