A Bears insider on Thomas Jones

There was no way that Thomas Jones was going to be a part of the Chicago Bears in 2007, but that had nothing to do with his play . . .

and everything to do with the money invested in former first-rounder Cedric Benson two years ago.

On the field, Jones was highly productive during his tenure in the Windy City and is the only player in team history not nicknamed 'Sweetness' to eclipse 1,300 yards rushing in a single season. His workout regimen is legendary, and he has the stunning biceps to prove it. Although the Bears are almost exclusively a man-blocking scheme on the ground, he might be best suited for a zone-blocking system because he is a very good cutback runner. He tends to pitter-patter his feet at the line of scrimmage as he waits for a hole to develop and does not break off many long runs, yet he keeps the chains moving and has turned himself into a pretty good receiver out of the backfield. Jones will be 29 years old by the time the 2007 regular season arrives, but he was under-utilitzed earlier in his career and should still have some tread left on his tires.

Jones doesn't open his mouth unless he has to and is not exactly a great interview, but he was highly respected by everyone in the locker room and did everything that was asked of him by the coaching staff.

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