As you may have guessed from the title, this article is all about Greg Jones. Calling Greg Jones an underrated player may be an understatement. He’s more like THE underrated player on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sure, most Jaguars fan do know Greg Jones, but he plays one of the most underrated positions in the game.
Once upon a time, Greg Jones actually ran the ball on a frequent basis. Back in 2005, he carried the ball 151 times for 575 yards, but those days are long gone. Jones has carried the ball 8 times in the past 3 seasons combined, and that’s perfectly fine with a guy like me.
In the last three years, Jones has caught 29 passes, so; he’s not really making up for his lack of carries with catches, but he’s still a great back to have. That’s because he’s one of the best blocking backs in the league.
The fullback position isn’t nearly as popular as it once was. The art of the I-formation often seems like lost to the sands of time, but not in Jacksonville. Greg Jones often leads the way as Maurice Jones-Drew plows ahead. Sure, Jones doesn’t get the glitz and glamour that Jones-Drew gets, but his efforts don’t go unnoticed.
Let’s all go back to the 2006 season. Greg Jones missed that year due to an ACL injury he suffered in the pre-season. The injury nearly brought head coach Jack Del Rio to tears as he announced the Jaguars would be missing their lead blocker for the entire injury. Many thought that the injury could derail Jones’ career as a great blocker.
Greg Jones is just as much a fixture as the lead blocker for Maurice Jones-Drew as he was for Fred Taylor. He’s still putting a set of pads on the first defender in the hole, and the Jaguars are a better team for it. Of all the players that deserve recognition and don’t get much, Greg Jones may be the most deserving. Next time you’re watching Maurice Jones-Drew doing a Rich Eisen dance in the end zone, thank Greg Jones for paving the way.