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New RB Jones a popular man on reporting day

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Playing catchup at the start of training camp. It happens every summer and takes a few days to get things lined up.

New running back Kevin Jones has been a popular man on campus. Jones is expected to begin the summer on the physically unable to perform list as he rehabs his way back from the ACL injury he suffered in December.

``Hopefully I can come in and get the starting job and be the Bears running back,'' Jones said. ``But right now it's come in and show that I'm healthy. That's the No. 1 goal, and then I'll go from there."

Jones admitted the decision of when he will be able to practice probably isn't up to him. The Bears are going to monitor him closely.

We checked in with running backs coach Tim Spencer for his thoughts on the newcomer:

``You know what I remember when I had to do my legwork for him for the draft and I liked Kevin coming out of college. When he got to the Lions I really thought that he had stepped his game up considerably from college. I thought that he was a lot more physical. He ran fine. I had no problem with his running. My question coming out of college was whether he would block or hit somebody. He kind of dispelled that the first year when I saw him at the Lions. It was definitely a good pickup for us.

``We just hope and pray that everything goes right for him and us. It could end up being a heck of an acquisition.''

And on a timetable for Jones getting on the field?

``I don't know that we have any set timetable for him,'' Spencer said. ``He'll be ready when he's ready and I am sure that we will take good care of him. We'll be fine un til he gets going and then when he gets thrown in the mix it can't do anything but make us better. I think it will make us better even when he's not out there running because the guys know, `Hey, we've got a guy who's played here and has gained some yards and had some success in the league who is waiting in the wings and is hungry.'''

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I still don't see Kevin Jones as an every down back, not until Jones can prove to be more durable. I see Jones as more of a 7-10 carries and 5-7 catches type. Basically, Kevin Jones should be a complementary back, especially with his speed. Durability is my main concern with Jones. If Kevin Jones wants to start, he needs to show the Bears that he can carry the rock 20-25 times a game, and come back the next week and do it again, the key being, still healthy!! I just don't know if Jones has the body type to handle the Bears run based offense, especially since he could not even stay healthy in a pass first offense in Detroit. Who knows, hopefully I'll eat my words.
Garret Wolfe is a player I think could do the complementary thing for the Bears. Wolfe is one of the players I want to see in action, especially now that he is one year in the league. Who knows, if Matt Forte and Garret Wolfe step it up in the pre-season, will Jones even make the final 53 man roster? After all, Jones might not even be ready for action until Oct. All we as Bear fans can do now is sit back and let the Bear football begin GO BEARS!!

really like this signing and seeing jones so hungry..

Whether he ends up on PUP for the first 6 weeks or plays, it will relief the worry about "wearing down" a rookie in forte, that always seems to happen to rook's hitting "the wall" about games 12-14( see vikes AP last month of season).. Having a fresh KJ to share the load, will mean BOTH remain healthy and fresh, ala 2006 with tj/benson pushing each other but healthy..

feeling good


I am excited for Jones - if the dude says he wants the job then a heckuva thing to throw out there, he has a goal and that's kool, I really believe he can do it, I would like to see Wolf as well, it will be an interesting year for sure....

When Kevin Jones was playin ball at Virginia Tech he was one of the best in the league with heisman contention. I believe due to the situation at the lions he was unable to show his potential. The Lions are getting real good at taking the guys out of college and turning them into nobodys. Look at Roy williams and think about when he was at Texas on the cover of every magazine you picked up, Buster Davis and Ernie Sims both from FSU are realistically two of the best Linebackers to go in the last 10 years, yet they won't be up for Defensive MVP anytime soon. I just hope that Calvin Johnson doesn't get dragged down also. So don't give up on Jones just give him time to heal up and show us how bad he wants it.

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