The Denver Broncos already had plenty of bulk in the RB room with Javonte Williams and Semaje Perine. Payton & Paton decided they needed more cowbell.Embed from Getty Images
The Broncos announced that they have signed the former Notre Dame standout to their team, adding depth and experience to an already impressive running back room. Tony Jones Jr. joins Javonte Williams, Damarea Crockett, and Semaje Perine as RB’s tipping the scale at no less than 220 lbs. on the Denver Broncos roster.
Jones spent the previous year split between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, making just 6 appearances for the teams totaling 10 carries and 64 yards rushing. His most action came in Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton’s final year in New Orleans(2021) with 54 carries and 154 yards for a yards per carry average of 2.6. This is purely a depth signing with special teams in mind along the lines of other Denver free agency signing Tremont Smith and the tendering of Jonas Griffith. Although he won’t be returning kicks like Smith, he will be blocking for him on punt and kick returns.Embed from Getty Images
Even going back to his college days at Notre Dame Tony has always been the second fiddle in the pecking order with his senior season being his best by far setting personal season highs with 144 carries for 857 yards a 6.0 yards per carry average and 6 TDs. These total were more than his first three years combined.
Tony Jones Jr. is also not a workout warrior with just a 4.3 RAS score out of a possible 10 you can see below courtesy of @Mathbomb:
The signing comes as the team prepares for the 2023 OTA’s that will begin in less than two months, and will help with filling the running back room with bodies. This move by the Broncos re-affirms management is serious about their special teams unit for the upcoming season and are making the necessary moves to secure their place in the highly competitive AFC West division in all three phases. Stay tuned for more updates on the highly anticipated 2023 NFL season, as the Denver Broncos look to dominate on the field once again.
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