Jonas Gray still struggling to find an NFL home

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He showed his potential in prime time less than two years ago, with 201 yards rushing for the Patriots in a win over the Colts. But then Jonas Gray overslept, landed in coach Bill Belichick’s doghouse, and has since been bouncing around the league in search of a home.

Currently on the Jacksonville roster, Gray still talks a good game — even if he isn’t playing in many.

At the end of the day, I’m a ballplayer,” Gray said, via Phillip Hellman of the Florida Times-Union. “I’m a confident player, and I think my game travels. I can go into any locker room and compete with anybody. Regardless of where I’m at, I’m going to go ball. Regardless, I’m going to work hard.”

He’ll need to work extremely hard, with Chris Ivory, T.J. Yeldon, and Denard Robinson on the roster.

“I’ve been on teams that were stacked at running back,” Gray said. “That’s why it’s doing the little things that can separate yourself. I feel like in my career I’ve been in tighter situations where there has been more running backs to compete with.”

Last year in two games with the Jaguars, Gray gained 54 yards on 14 carries. He also gained 122 yards on 31 carries in six games with the Dolphins.

To have a chance in 2016 with the Jaguars, Gray will need to beat out Robinson or Corey Grant (or both). If Gray can’t, he’ll continue to search for the next team that eventually may give him a chance to rush for more than 200 yards in one game.

24 responses to “Jonas Gray still struggling to find an NFL home

  1. “I’ve been on teams that were stacked at running back,” Gray said. “That’s why it’s doing the little things that can separate yourself.”

    Like showing up on time?

  2. “At the end of the day……………………”
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    That’s one term the NFL should ban players from ever saying again. Along with chips on shoulders.

  3. “At the end of the day……………………”
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    That’s one term the NFL should ban players from ever saying again. Along with chips on shoulders.
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    This has got the be one of the most annoying sayings in sports of all time. Especially when they use it more than once in the same sentence!!!!

    “You know, at the end of the day we didn’t come out and play hard enough to win the game, the other team wanted it more and at the end of the day you can’t win games unless we leave it all out there on the field and give it 110%.”

  4. People are saying the Pats cut him essentially because he overslept once in 2014 and got into BB’s bad book. But if that was the simple truth, surely BB would have still happily traded him? Instead, last Sept (10 months after his oversleep) he simply didn’t quite make the 53-man cut. Despite his great game against the Colts’ terrible run-D, he lacks a little high-end speed and consistency. This is borne-out by his struggles to make 2 other squads. Prob not a bad choice if you’re banged-up or short at RB though!

  5. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 5, 2016 2:06 PM
    football is a lot harder when you can’t cheat!
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    You’d think guys like him and others who left on bad terms (IE Adalius Thomas) would expose those cheating scumbags!!

    On the other hand, I guess it’s possible that there is NOTHING TO EXPOSE. Crazy thought huh? lol

  6. streetyson says:
    Jul 5, 2016 2:13 PM

    People are saying the Pats cut him essentially because he overslept once in 2014 and got into BB’s bad book. But if that was the simple truth, surely BB would have still happily traded him? Instead, last Sept (10 months after his oversleep) he simply didn’t quite make the 53-man cut. Despite his great game against the Colts’ terrible run-D, he lacks a little high-end speed and consistency. This is borne-out by his struggles to make 2 other squads. Prob not a bad choice if you’re banged-up or short at RB though!
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    ^^^ this.

    Gray didn’t really have a place on this roster. The Patriots have Blount and it’s not like Gray offered a different look than Blount. They are essentially the same back with the same skills except Blount is better at them.

    Why keep both Blount and a poor man’s version of Blount?

  7. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jul 5, 2016 3:17 PM
    Imagine that, Pats players suck when they cannot cheat.

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    It seems like YOU were cheated of oxygen in utero.

  8. @ abninf says:
    Jul 5, 2016 1:07 PM
    “At the end of the day……………………”
    ==============================

    That’s one term the NFL should ban players from ever saying again. Along with chips on shoulders.

    While we’re at it, include:

    It is what it is.

    Put in work.

  9. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jul 5, 2016 3:17 PM

    Imagine that, Pats players suck when they cannot cheat.

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    Except that there are a host of problems with the whole “cheat” notion that a few jealous haters obsessively write under every Patriot related article. As if writing it more often will somehow make it true. Here are a few of the obvious problems…

    Some people with good memories still remember the NFL’s false report claiming that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs were 2 PSI below the mandatory 12.5 PSI. Then it later came out that only 1 of the 12 footballs was 2 PSI under the mandatory 12.5 PSI when measured with one of the two pressure gauges. Which is interesting because the Colts had exactly one of the Patriots footballs on their sideline following an interception. So that should give you an idea of who more probable than not deflated a football. Whenever you put a pressure gauge in a football some air escapes. So if the Colts were breaking NFL rules and measuring the Patriots football on their sideline they were allowing air to escape from that football. It’s likely that the 10.5 PSI reading was from the 2nd measurement of that football.

    It is known that footballs belonging to the Colts were also measured and were reported to be below 12.5 PSI. The NFL selected 4 of the Colts 12 footballs to measure after allowing them to warm up indoors while all 12 of the Patriots footballs were measured twice. Measuring the PSI twice ensured that more air was removed during the measuring process.

    A fair test would have been checking all 24 footballs using the same gauge while alternating between footballs belonging to both teams. Alternating would have minimized the measurement bias resulting from the flawed methodology where some of the footballs were allowed to warm up while others were measured. If time allowed the 2nd pressure gauge could have been used in a similar manner.

    Not alternating the measurements between footballs of both teams should have invalidated the test results. The only reason not to invalidate the results is that human bias was in play and someone wanted the results to prove a conclusion that was already assumed. Remember the NFL was not following a normal testing process. The NFL was only measuring the PSI in footballs on January 18, 2015 because the NFL was trying to prove that the Patriots were breaking rules.

    A few problems with the NFL’s scientific process:
    —- Confirmation Bias – the conclusion was pre-determined. Evidenced by the report that at the beginning of the halftime break NFL employee Mike Kensil told Patriots ‘you’re in big f—ing trouble’.
    —- Selection Bias – selecting only 4 Colts footballs and not alternating the measurements between footballs of both teams.
    —- Measurement Bias – using 2 different pressure gauges and not keeping track of which gauge was used with accurate notes. Each time a football was measured air escaped. Allowing some footballs to warm up while measuring others.
    —- Systematic Error – the testing was flawed because the indoor and outdoor temperatures were not even considered.
    —-Scientific Method – is usually defined as a 6 step sequential process. The NFL did not follow scientific process, instead the NFL quickly performed 2 steps out of order. The NFL started with their conclusion and then did a hasty experiment where they ran out of time and didn’t measure all 24 footballs. Accurate notes were not taken.
    —- Control Group – there was no control group because the NFL was not being scientific. The next best thing to a control group was the idea of independent after the fact PSI testing of footballs in similar weather conditions. PSI information was obtained following the NFL’s conclusion and May 11, 2015 decision to punish Tom Brady. The NFL subsequently collected PSI measurements during NFL games played during the 2015/2016 season.

    To this day the NFL has not released the PSI information from the 2015/2016 study. The only logical reason that this PSI information is being kept secret is that it disproves the NFL’s conclusion. Essentially this information likely exonerates The Patriots and Tom Brady. It’s easier to for the NFL to keep the PSI information secret than to suffer the public humiliation of having to admit that “deflategate” was about nothing.

    Sprinkle in a Bandwagon Effect aided by Confirmation Bias and repetitive media reporting of all things “deflategate” and you end up with many individuals blindly accepting the results of the NFL’s flawed conclusion. It’s also apparent that the NFL is extremely skilled at using the media for marketing purposes.

  10. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jul 5, 2016 3:17 PM

    Imagine that, Pats players suck when they cannot cheat.

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    Don’t forget! Pats players can also win Super Bowls and set the all time record for a 4th quarter Super Bowl comeback when they’re not cheating. 🙂

    Tee hee 🙂 You must be seething thinking about how that game ended. 🙂 You won’t forget it either. I won’t let you. 🙂 What do you think about that cupcake?

    🙂

  11. Don’t forget! Pats players can also win Super Bowls and set the all time record for a 4th quarter Super Bowl comeback when they’re not cheating.:)

    Tee hee:) You must be seething thinking about how that game ended.:) You won’t forget it either. I won’t let you.:) What do you think about that cupcake?
    🙂

    What I think is you won’t be around much longer once the Pats start sucking when Brady leaves or when they cannot cheat at all. So what do you think about that cupcake? Ready to jump off that bandwagon?

  12. What I think is you won’t be around much longer once the Pats start sucking when Brady leaves or when they cannot cheat at all. So what do you think about that cupcake? Ready to jump off that bandwagon?


    Tee hee 🙂 Obviously I must have struck a nerve!

    I bet the psychological scars from the way that game ended will never go away. EVER. 🙂

    How does it feel cupcake?

    🙂

  13. Sounds like someone is counting the days until Tom Brady retires and is looking forward to maybe becoming a Dolphins bandwagon fan again. It must stink when you root for a team has been so terrible since January 13, 1974 that the person decided they can’t face the humiliation of putting the team name within their user name. Instead the person put the name of the division rival in the user name.

    At least 21 professors say that weather explains any deflation and there was no cheating. A biased butt hurt fan of some team not worthy of being mentioned says “cheat” a million times”. Sorry but all credibility belongs to the 21 the professors. Everyone has seen the lame repetitive postings saying “cheat” that were likely typed by someone using knuckles rather than fingers.

  14. Sounds like someone is counting the days until Tom Brady retires and is looking forward to maybe becoming a Dolphins bandwagon fan again. It must stink when you root for a team has been so terrible since January 13, 1974 that the person decided they can’t face the humiliation of putting the team name within their user name. Instead the person put the name of the division rival in the user name.

    At least 21 professors say that weather explains any deflation and there was no cheating. A biased butt hurt fan of some team not worthy of being mentioned says “cheat” a million times”. Sorry but all credibility belongs to the 21 the professors. Everyone has seen the lame repetitive postings saying “cheat” that were likely typed by someone using knuckles rather than fingers.

    Pats fans should also count the days when Brady goes because Belichick (overrated) will go as well. The Pats were a crap franchise before Brady showed up. Yes they did make two SB’s only to get their asses kicked. Yes I will jump off the Bandwagon when Brady goes because like all Pats fans, I was a fan since 2002…..and 2004 and 2015…

  15. “Please NFL I’m begging you help us! :'( My wussy team isn’t man enough to put in the work and effort to beat Tom Brady on the field so we need you to keep him on the bench for 4 games so we have a chance! :'( :'( We are tired of getting slapped around by Tom Brady and the Pats fans and we need your help I’m BEGGING YOU! :'(”
    — Patriot Hater, translated to English

    🙂

  16. The main 2 RBs for the Jags are Ivory and Yeldon.
    Special Teams play is what will earn a guy the #3 RB slot and since Grant is a good punt returner, Gray has an uphill climb to make the team.

  17. “Sounds like someone is counting the days until Tom Brady retires and is looking forward to maybe becoming a Dolphins bandwagon fan again. ”

    Oh so you’re a Fins fan are you ?

    Huh, guess you don’t know the Fins have a long long long history of cheating. Did you know the original huge cheating scandal in the NFL was the Dolphins tampering to steal Coach Shula from Baltimore ? That they had to give up their first round draft pick to Baltimore as a penalty for that ?

    You didn’t ?

    Or how about Coach Shula threatening to cut players if they didn’t take painkillers to play through injuries ?

    Double-Dealing Don Shula* was named in a 2015 player lawsuit as one of the NFL head coaches who engaged in a “decades-long conspiracy to keep them [the players] on the field without regard for their long-term health.”

    The lawsuit specifically names Shula* as one of a number of coaches who warned that players “would be cut from their teams unless they took painkillers and returned to the field.”

    Shula was also accused of putting 15 men in the huddle at times to confuse their opponents pulling the extra 3 guys at the last second they could get off the field.

    Many accusations of tampering against the Fins.

    Then there was Tapegate in 2006 where they bought illegal tapes of Brady audio making audibles and line blocking calls. Miami players boasted these tapes help them win a game in December of that year.

    Then there’s Mudgate, Whispergate and a lot of other lovely little things over the years.

  18. Yeah Yeah Yeah, wait till bill is gone. We know all that. But damn were having fun with the GOAT at both qb and coach. And yes I’d switch allegiance if BB moved. So what. Some of us just enjoy watching him outsmart all the whiners and excuse makers. One more thing – Ernie Adams has your playback, but sleep well.

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