Tell ya what - I agree in thinking that the Bears shouldnt have signed him. I also think Atrain is just fine, but the truth is they are switching offensive schemes this yr, and the coaches thought Jones abilities fit their needs so much better that they offered him a 4 yr deal. To me, thats a pretty strong endorsement of who the feature RB will be.
I also am led to believe that he really hasent had too much opportunity to showcase his skills in ARI. I think thats a pretty fair assesment.
In TB last yr - in a West Coast offense - he had his best yr while averaging 4.6 ypc. Possibly more importantly - 7.5 ypreception with an average yac of 7.8 - thats the definition of a west coast RB. Thats not too shabby.
Now a proven successful offensive coach comes to CHI and brings with him a huge upgrade in their offensive line and a hand-picked RB. Now, you may think I'm off my rocker, but even in the 5th rd, is he value? Is it possible Thomas Jones breaks out and becomes a top 20 RB? Dont forget he was the 7th overall pick in the 2000 draft.
When I said Id draft him in the 7th - thats when I was hoping he'd go.
KG - I know you've been eyeing him - you can have him. I think you may need all the help you can get.