From Arrowhead Stadium
Generally when a soon to be 33-year old NFL running back is still in the league, there’s very little chance that he’ll touch the ball in the first pre-season game of the summer.
But there’s nothing normal about Thomas Jones. Never has been over his 12-year career. His playing time Friday night was very limited, but he was on the field and he had the ball in his hands.
Although he had only two carries, he produced the longest offensive play of the game for the Chiefs offense when he broke off a 17-yard run in the first quarter. Throw in another eight-yard run and Jones had a 12.5-yard per carry average.
“I feel the same as I always have,” Jones said after the Chiefs 25-0 loss to the Buccaneers. “Once you stop loving the game and playing with intensity, then it’s time to stop playing the game.
“I don’t feel that way. I’ve had a great training camp playing with these guys. They are great teammates. I’m having a great time in camp; I’m just trying to get better every day like everybody else.”
Todd Haley’s depth chart continues to list Jones as the starting running back, but Jones and everyone else with any common sense understands that’s a show of respect for the veteran. It’s Jamaal Charles that leads the KC running game
“We’re trying to win game every week, that’s all that matters,” Jones said. “The other stuff doesn’t matter.”
WHO GOT TO PLAY AND WHO DID NOT
With 90 players dressed and on the field Friday, it was tough for the statistic mavens to keep track of whether everybody played against Tampa Bay.
Based on their observation, the following Chiefs did not play a down: K Todd Carter, WR Steve Breaston, CB Brandon Flowers, RB Tervaris Johnson, FB Mike Cox, FB Le’Ron McClain, S Jon McGraw, LB Derrick Johnson, C Casey Wiegmann, OT Jared Gaither, DE Glenn Dorsey, NT Kelly Gregg, TE Tony Moeaki, LB Tamba Hali and DE Wallace Gilberry.
The following players may have been on the field for one play, possibly two: RB Jamaal Charles and CB Brandon Carr.
In the end then 71 players got playing time against Tampa Bay.
“There were a lot of different factors,” Todd Haley said of the decisions on who would play and who would not. “Some was physical conditioning, some guys had some nicks and things were we just didn’t feel like putting them into a game situation. Some we were trying to find out a bit more about, especially in the deeper, more stacked positions.
“We had a play for each and every guy and as far as I could tell, we followed it.”
HALEY TALKS ABOUT GAITHER, COLBERT
Chiefs fans did not get to see 6-9, 340-pound OT Jared Gaither on Friday night. Since Gaither had not had any real practice in this pre-season, they decided to wait until Sunday when the Chiefs return to the practice field in St. Joe to get him into the action.
Haley touched on Gaither and WR Keary Colbert who was signed on Wednesday, after being out of the NFL since the 2008 season.
“We are excited about having those guys in here,” Haley said. “We have danced around with Keary Colbert a couple of times over the last few years. I really liked him when he was coming out (of Southern Cal). He’s a smart, inside receiver and we don’t have a ton on campus. It looks like he can come in and compete.
“Gaither I think is great competition and either spot (left or right tackle). We’ve got to get him into shape, football shape, and then try to get him into a position where he can compete.”
Colbert is wearing No. 85, while Gaither was in No. 71 on Friday evening.