Jones suffered an Achilles injury that will require surgery, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. Initially, the undrafted rookie was believed to be dealing with a left ankle issue in the wake of his late exit from the Rams' exhibition finale Saturday. The Rams opted to waive him with an injury designation Tuesday, and he reverted to injured reserve on Wednesday. Considering the nature of the injury, it's a good bet Jones won't play this season, which would mean the Rams are down three running backs heading into Week 1. Currently, Darrell Henderson (thumb), Sony Michel and Jake Funk are the only RBs on Los Angeles' active roster.
Jones (ankle) was waived/injured by the Rams on Tuesday, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports. The Rams backfield has been beset by injuries this summer, with Cam Akers (Achilles) and Raymond Calais (foot) already on IR and Jones set to join them, assuming he clears waivers. If he does, Jones will have a chance to return at some point this season once his left ankle is healthy. For the time being, however, Los Angeles will rely on Darrell Henderson (thumb), Sony Michel and Jake Funk at running back.
Jones has more competition for playing time after the Rams traded for Sony Michel on Wednesday, Kevin Modesti of The Orange County Register reports. The Rams waited more than a month to add a new body to the backfield after Cam Akers suffered an Achilles tear in August. Previously, Jones and Jake Funk seemed to be competing for the No. 2 spot behind Darrell Henderson, whose injury history was acknowledged by head coach Sean McVay as a major concern. Michel's medical record is actually worse, and his performance in New England fell far short of expectations for a first-round pick. All that's to say that Jones still could see snaps and touches at some point this season, even if he drops to third or fourth on the depth chart before Week 1. It's also possible Jones and/or Funk manage to stay ahead of Michel if he's slow to pick up the Rams offense or doesn't look good on the practice field.
Jones rushed seven times for 21 yards and brought in two of three targets for six yards in the Rams' 13-6 preseason loss to the Chargers on Saturday night. The SMU product has been impressing in camp, and he was rewarded by logging a co-team-high amount of carries and also enjoying a modest role in the passing game. Jones did not log a touch from scrimmage over 13 games last season, but with Cam Akers (Achilles) potentially out for the season, the 23-year-old has a legitimate chance at the No. 2 job behind Darrell Henderson.
Head coach Sean McVay said Jones and rookie Jake Funk have "done a really nice job" and are on track to be "part of our plans in the running back room," Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports. With Cam Akers (Achilles) out for the season, Jones and Funk are listed as co-No. 2s on the Rams' initial preseason depth chart, behind only Darrell Henderson. McVay also mentioned Raymond Calais earlier this week, but Calais and undrafted rookie Otis Anderson are the type of undersized backs who may be pigeonholed as pass-catching/return specialists. At 208 pounds, Jones is closer to the NFL standard for running backs, if still a bit on the light side. After catching on with the Rams last year as an undrafted rookie who strictly played special teams (178 snaps), Jones can now earn a role on offense in 2021 while Akers is out of the picture.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||7.00|
|6||10/17||@New York Giants||25||22.00|
|10||11/15||@San Francisco 49ers||27||22.00|
|12||11/28||@Green Bay Packers||17||15.00|
|18||01/09||San Francisco 49ers||27||22.00|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|