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The Top 15 Jets of the Rex Ryan Era, #10: Thomas Jones

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Sorry for the delay in finishing this list, but  figured that during the most hectic free agency period in NFL history no one would care about this list. Now that things have died down a little, lets wrap this thing up. 

Our man Thomas Jones comes in at #10, who was signed in 2007 and spent three seasons with the Jets, one of them under Rex Ryan. With no proven commodity at quarterback, Ryan turned to his defense and running game to get the job done. In 2009, Ryan's call was answered with the NFL's number 1 defense and rushing, and it could not have happened without Thomas Jones. 

After the 2006 season, the Jets did everything they could to re-invent their lackluster running game and signed Jones from Chicago. Jones was viewed as a workhorse back - the man takes excellent care of himself, which is how he has sustained a high level of  production for so long. 

Jones was never the flashiest runner, but the man put up numbers. I remember reading about how much Thomas Jones was due for a production drop off in every fantasy football magazine, only to come back with some ridiculous number of yards the next season. Sure, he had help from the best line in football, but he faced a lot of 8 and 9 man boxes. He was a leader and a symbol of what the Jets were all about in 2009, and cutting him after the season left a scar in the locker room. 

Hint for #9: This player started his career with the Bills