He averaged nearly half-a-first down per carry, but none of those opportunities came until the second half of last Sunday's 34-3 blowout loss at Washington. Basically, his chances didn't come until it was too late.
And that has left Lions' running back Kevin Jones with a bitter taste in his mouth.
Jones, who rushed for 48 yards on 11 carries, including two catches, has let his feelings known through both the media and to the Detroit Lions coaching staff. Still recovering from a Lisfranc injury, Jones feels he can become Detroit's lead back again -- and he just wants a chance to prove it.
Asked about the way he was used -- or not used -- in the first half, Jones said: "I don't agree with that. I think I need to be in there consistently getting touches so I can get into the rhythm of the game."
Coach Rod Marinelli said the Lions stuck to their rotation and the decision was based on Jones' health. It was Jones' third game since he suffered a serious foot injury Dec. 10 against Minnesota.
Jones said he wasn't 100 percent yet, but added: "I'm good enough to play and good enough to get the ball." Talking about how he played in the second half, Jones said: "Hopefully that shows them that I can go."
The day after the game, Marinelli faced a number of questions about Jones and the running game in general. The Lions offense had trouble staying on the field against the Redskins, and offensive coordinator Mike Martz called only four running plays in the first half. Tatum Bell had four carries for 15 yards.
Would Marinelli like Martz to call for more runs?
"I want him to be who he is," Marinelli said. "That's why I hired him. What he brings to the table is what I hired, a guy that's got a chance to really maximize the skill that we have here."
But Jones is skilled, isn't he?
"We have an exceptional crew of receivers and a very good quarterback, and our runner's coming back," Marinelli said. "He's not there yet, but he's coming back and he did a very good job (Sunday). But like I said, that's something we'll evaluate this week."
Might Jones start the Lions' next game, Oct. 21 against Tampa Bay?
"It's something we'll have a chance to look at," Marinelli said. "Again, see where he's at health-wise. I know he's sore right now. He's a dynamite runner. We know that. He did some great things (Sunday), made some real exciting runs. Things we're going to keep looking at."
It isn't just how Jones feels on game day, Marinelli said. It's how he feels the day after a game and during the week.
"The day after, he's extremely sore," Marinelli said. "And then what it does, it cuts your reps down in practice. We're still learning how to practice him right now, how much he can do. Is it early in the week? Is it late in the week? Because you've got to get him in the game where he's feeling good, too. So we're adjusting to him a little bit on how to get him ready for a game."
The bye week comes at a great time for Jones.
"Oh, big time," Marinelli said. "No question. But we've got to make sure we take advantage of this week properly."