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35 Jonas Gray RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/225 | Birthdate: 6/27/1990 | Birthplace: Pontiac, MI, USA | Team: New England | College: Notre Dame | NFL Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 55/6
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Patriots' Jonas Gray outrushes LeGarrette Blount in Week 15 win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray led the team in rushing in Week 15 against Miami.

Gray took five of his 11 carries on the final drive of the game to run out the clock and secure a 41-13 victory. He finished with 62 rushing yards, averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. LeGarrette Blount scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run in the third quarter. Blount carried the ball eight times for 17 yards and a score.

New England will face the Jets in Week 16.


Patriots backs split the work in Week 15


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount salvaged his day with a trip to the end zone, but did little to impress otherwise in a 41-13 win over the Dolphins.  

The Patriots entered the game intent on relying on Blount, but he just couldn't get much going for the second week in a row. After rushing for just 66 yards on 20 carries last week, he was even less effective Sunday, finishing with 17 yards on eight carries.

Blount's subpar day even allowed the Patriots to dust off Jonas Gray , who received his most extensive work since his four-touchdown game four weeks ago. He led the team with 62 yards on 11 carries, and looked altogether like the better back of the two Sunday.

Blount looked very good in his first two games since joining the Patriots, averaging 6.2 yards on 22 carries. However, he has just 2.9 yards per carry on 28 since. Blount doesn't even have a monopoly on the goal-line work, as Shane Vereen scored from 3 yards out as well Sunday.

The Patriots have three backs who have shown they can be solid contributors whenever they get the chances. Of course, from a Fantasy perspective that might as well mean they don't have any running backs, because you can't know who is going to shine on any given day. The Patriots have a tough matchup on the way in Week 16 against the Jets, so you might be better off avoiding their backfield for that one. 


Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount leads rushing attack in Week 14 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount served as the team's primary rushing threat Sunday, picking up 66 yards on 20 carries and adding 11 yards on two receptions in his team's 23-14 win over the Chargers in Week 14.

Blount didn't find paydirt in the win but earned the vast majority of the carries, with Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen totaling three carries. Gray managed nine yards on two carries and wasn't a factor in the passing game. Vereen gained just one yard on his only carry but added three receptions for 30 yards in the passing game. Neither Gray or Vereen scored a touchdown. Blount figures to remain the team's primary ball-carrier heading into a Week 15 matchup with the Dolphins.


Patriots running backs continue to confound


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a longstanding tradition of zigging when Fantasy owners expect him to stay in a nice, predictable zag, and he did it again in Week 13 with his running backs.

Shane Vereen still played the majority of the team's snaps Sunday against the Packers, but was largely a nonfactor in the loss. He had just three carries and one reception, and was only targeted twice in the passing game overall.

LeGarrette Blount led the team in rushing for the second week in a row since signing as a free agent, however this time he didn't get the goal-line work. Blount, who scored twice the previous week, ceded a goal-line carry to little-used reserve Brandon Bolden, who scored his first touchdown of the season, while finishing with three carries for 17 yards overall.

Jonas Gray , the star of the team's Week 11 win, was back on the field after failing to touch the ball in Week 12, but had just one carry for 4 yards.

Belichick knows he can wring value out of any back he chooses, which is what makes this situation so perpetually frustrating for Fantasy owners. Any back could get work in any situation any week, but it still looks like Blount and Vereen are going to be the team's top options moving forward. Relying on anyone here on a weekly basis is frustrating, but Blount and Vereen are the only ones that are must-own players down the stretch. 


Patriots backup rushers can't do much Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Patriots backup rushers could not do much Week 13 against the Packers.

Brandon Bolden managed to make an impact despite limited work. He carried the ball three times for 17 yards, but one of those attempts went for a 6 yard touchdown. Bolden was not involved in the passing game. Shane Vereen also had three carries, but gained just 6 yards. He caught one ball for 26 yards during the contest. Jonas Gray also made an appearance, picking up 4 yards on one carry. 

The trio will look for more Week 14 against the Chargers. 


Jonas Gray will play Week 13; share RB workload with Blount?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray will play Sunday at Green Bay a week after not seeing any game action, a source told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. 

Gray was late to the team's facilities a few days after having a breakthrough game Week 11 and was sent home that day as a result. He was active Week 12 against the Lions, but he did not see any snaps as newly signed running back LeGarrette Blount paced the rushing attack.

However, Gray is slated to have a role Week 13, but depending on how the game progresses, there could be considerable work for both players, according to La Canfora. New England wants to establish a power running presence Sunday due to the weather in Green Bay and with the playoffs looming since both backs could play a key role in the postseason.


LeGarrette Blount makes Jonas Gray an afterthought


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/23/2014) This take on both LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray comes with an important caveat: Both running backs play for the Patriots, who are coached by Bill Belichick, who has proven time and time again that he'll do whatever he wants, regardless of conventional wisdom or media pressure. So if he decides Gray has learned his lesson for showing up late to practice Friday and turns back to him as the team's primary ball carrier Week 13 at Green Bay, it would come as a surprise to no one.

But I'm certainly not counting on it.

Facing the league's No. 1 run defense, Blount was really good Week 12 against Detroit, rushing 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns only three days after signing with the Patriots. Granted, he was with them last year and knows the offense, but still, bonus points for the quick turnaround.

Belichick loved giving him the ball at the goal line last year and clearly doesn't owe Gray anything. Gray was clearly a right-place-at-the-right-time guy, getting a starter's workload in an offense where he could do no wrong only because Stevan Ridley suffered a season-ending injury. And he blew it.

Let's hold on to him one more week just to be sure, but you wouldn't want to start Gray in Week 13. And if Blount is available in your league, pick him up.


Patriots RB Jonas Gray benched in favor of LeGarrette Blount


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Just a week removed from a dominant 201-yard, four-touchdown performance, Patriots running back Jonas Gray was benched for not arriving to practice on time earlier in the week. As a result, Gray watched his new running mate LeGarrette Blount rumbled into the end zone twice in New England's 34-9 victory over the Lions in Week 12.

"We do what we think is the best. That’s what we did today," coach Bill Belichick said.


Brady, Edelman, Gray among notable Patriots actives Week 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) As expected, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (ankle), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh) and running back Jonas Gray (not injury related) were ruled as active for Week 12. All three players entered Sunday as probable. Gray is the only player of the three that isn't expected to start.

Patriots running back Jonas Gray will be active Week 12


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray will be active Sunday against the Lions, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

However, Gray has been told he will not start Week 12, according to ESPN. Game circumstances and production will dictate how much Gray plays, according to La Canfora.

Gray was reportedly sent home from practice Friday after he showed up late. It's unfortunate timing for Gray, who was a standout during a Week 11 win at Indianapolis. Gray rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns last week.


Brady, Edelman, Gray among notable Patriots probables Week 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Patriots have ruled Cameron Fleming (ankle, finger) and Chandler Jones (hip) out for Sunday's game against Detroit, according to New England's final injury report released Friday.

Deemed questionable were Marcus Cannon (hip), Dominique Easley (knee) and Nate Ebner (finger). As expected, Tom Brady (ankle), Julian Edelman (thigh) and Jonas Gray (not injury related) were ruled as probable for Week 12.


Report: Patriots send Jonas Gray home after arriving late


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray overslept, causing him to miss Friday's practice session, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports. According to the report, Gray didn't wake up in time for practice after his phone died. He showed up late to Gillette Stadium, but was immediately sent home by Bill Belichick.

Gray's status now appears a bit uncertain after the incident, considering the team signed LeGarrette Blount, who is familiar with Belichick's system, on Thursday.

Earlier in the season, Belichick sent star cornerback Darrelle Revis home for being late to practice during a blizzard, per the Boston Globe. Like Gray, Revis also overslept. However, Revis apologized to the team and was able to play the following week against the Bears.

Gray has texted his teammates to apologize and plans to meet with Belichick and the rest of his teammates later in the day to apologize, per the report.


Patriots' Jonas Gray not spotted at practice Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) One day after the team signing LeGarrette Blount, Patriots running back Jonas Gray was not spotted by reporters during the early portion of practice open to the media, the Boston Globe reports.

The team has not revealed the reasoning behind Gray's absence on Friday, leading up to Week 12 against the Lions. Gray is coming off a 201-yard, four-touchdown performance against Indianapolis the previous week. His 38 carries against the Colts were the third-most by a running back in the last decade.


Patriots' Blount, Gray expected to form 'thunder and thunder' duo


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount was not signed by Bill Belichick to replace Jonas Gray, but will likely leapfrog Brandon Bolden and James White on the depth chart to provide a powerful "thunder and thunder" duo moving forward, per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe on Friday.

According to the paper, the move was made in case Gray, who exploded for 201 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in a Week 11, becomes ineffective, or if he suffers a second ACL injury. Gray suffered a torn ACL during his senior season with Notre Dame in 2011.

When asked about his role with the club, Belichick said it will be up to Blount.

"That'll be up to him, just like everybody else," Belichick said, per WEEI. "When he gets an opportunity, how much he can take advantage of it, how much he can be productive, what he can do with those opportunities will determine how many more there are. It’s totally up to him. He’s knows that. We've talked about that. He knows that's the way it is and I think he's excited about it."

Blount rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries with the Steelers this season before getting waived by the club and reuniting with Belichick and the Patriots.


Patriots RB Gray accepting of new backfield mate Blount


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Blossoming Patriots running back Jonas Gray is not complaining that his team has signed LeGarrette Blount despite the fact that the latter will provide competition for reps.

Gray exploded for 201 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in a Week 11 defeat of Indianapolis.

"I wasn't necessarily surprised," Gray told the Boston Herald. "In this business, not a whole lot surprises me, especially given where I've come from. I just prepare the same way. It doesn't really matter who we sign or who we bring in here. I believe in Bill (Belichick) and whatever he's doing and I just come to work every day."


Check that: Pats RB Jonas Gray ran for 201 yards, not 199


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray has been credited with 2 more rushing yards in his mammoth performance Sunday night at Indianapolis, reports NFL.com. Gray's stat line now reads 37 carries, 201 yards, four touchdowns.

A league official blamed a record-keeping error. Early in the fourth quarter, Gray lost 2 yards on a rush. But a facemark penalty was enforced from the line of scrimmage, which should have erased Gray's carry, per NFL.com.

Gray becomes the third rusher in Patriots history to surpass 200 yards in a game, joining Tony Collins (212 yards, 1983) and Jim Nance (208 yards, 1966).


Patriots RB Jonas Gray rumbles for 199 yards, four TDs Week 11


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray exploded for 199 yards on 38 carries while scoring four touchdowns in his team's 42-20 win over the Colts in Indianapolis in Week 11.

The Patriots attacked with the running game Sunday night and just kept on attacking when the Colts proved to have trouble stopping Gray. He entered the game with zero career rushing touchdowns but put one on the board quickly, barreling through the middle of the line for a four-yard score in the first quarter. His second-quarter and third-quarter scores both came on runs through a hole on the right side of the line from two yards out. He added a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter on a carry to the left side.

Gray entered the game with 131 yards on 32 carries in three games before the Week 11 outburst. He faces a much tougher test when the Lions come to town in Week 12.


Patriots RB Jonas Gray can't do it again Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray had a tough time reprising his role Week 9 against the Broncos. 

Gray gained just 33 yards on 12 carries. He averaged just 2.8 yards per carry during the contest. Gray was hardly a factor throughout the game even though the team got out to a big lead. He gained most of his yardage with about two minutes left, as the Patriots were trying to run out the clock. 

Gray is on a bye Week 10.


Jonas Gray can't take advantage of reps


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray is clearly going to see a solid role moving forward, though he didn't quite take advantage of that in Week 9 against the Broncos.

Gray, who rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries in his first big role last week, had just 33 yards on Sunday. He carried the ball 12 times to lead the team, and wasn't the only back to struggle, as Shane Vereen rushed for just 29 yards on his 11 carries.

With Vereen to see more work in the passing game, Gray's best chance to contribute moving forward will come with the Patriots up. He didn't take advantage of that enough Sunday, but showed he could in the team's previous game. He should have value as a low-end Fantasy option when the team returns from its Week 10 bye.  


Jonas Gray makes Shane Vereen owners pay


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) If you own Patriots running back Shane Vereen, you were probably excited to start him after his two-touchdown performance last week. And you had every reason to be. He was even the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for his matchup against the Bears.

But unfortunately, the one thing that could ruin him in Week 8 (other than injury, of course) came to fruition. The ever-clever Patriots out-clevered everyone again, deciding that a more traditional running back -- specifically, the heretofore unknown Jonas Gray -- would be a better fit for their game plan. He did fine, rushing for 86 yards on 17 carries, so you can't really fault the Patriots. But dang, a little heads-up would have been nice.

But of course, Bill Belichick wouldn't be Bill Belichick if he gave heads-ups to the media, and he's been around long enough for us to know what getting with him and the Patriots offense. They've always liked to mix and match at running back. Losing their preferred option doesn't change anything.

So is Vereen still valuable in Fantasy? Sure, in PPR leagues and as an every-now-and-then play in standard leagues. But now that Gray appears to have the Stevan Ridley role, you could argue he's just as valuable.


Patriots RB Jonas Gray gets the bulk of the carries Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Patriots running back Jonas Gray received the bulk of the carries Week 8 against the Bears.

Gray didn't disappoint, gaining 86 yards on 17 attempts. He overshadowed Shane Vereen on the ground, as Vereen received just five carries. Gray, however, was not a factor in the passing game and was not targeted. 

He'll look for more Week 9 against the Broncos. 


Patriots RB Shane Vereen listed questionable due to illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was a late adition to the injury report due to an illness. He was officially ruled as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, the Boston Globe reports. Vereen was unable to practice Friday because of the ailment. He's coming off a two-touchdown performance in Week 7 against the Jets.

If he is unable to play on Sunday, the team will likely turn to Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray and James White to shoulder the load.


Patriots' running back situation mostly clear


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/21/2014) Forget about Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' use of him against the Jets in Week 7 -- he played only one snap -- pretty much tells the story there. Granted, they've had their share of about-faces at the running back spot over the last few years, so I wouldn't dare claim to know what they're thinking, but if they've decided their next-best choice at the position is Jonas Gray, who at least saw the field for 11 plays Thursday, it's pretty clear what direction they intend to go, right?

With that in mind, I cautiously, carefully and with a preemptive tinge of regret plan to start Shane Vereen Week 8 against Chicago and hopefully every week thereafter. Yes, he played 80 percent of the snaps in Week 7, and yes, he scored two touchdowns. But you'll notice both of them came through the air. True, he also got more than two-thirds of the Patriots' carries, but I can't help but wonder if in a different matchup, one that encouraged them to pound the ball instead of rushing just 15 times as a team, they would have been more creative. That would work to Vereen's detriment, obviously.

For more of my biggest takeaways from Week 7, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.


Patriots address decision to add RB Jonas Gray to active roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the decision to promote running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad and the opportunity that he'll get moving forward with Stevan Ridley out for the remainder of the season, per ESPN.

Gray was added to the live rosters hours before Week 7 against the Jets and emerged as the team's second option behind Shane Vereen on Thursday night. He rushed for 12 yards on three carries.

"I think Jonas has been solid for us all the way through preseason," Belichick said. "He's done a good job in practice and got an opportunity last night -- not a lot of opportunities -- but he had some blitz pickup opportunities and a few carries. He works hard and he's a tough kid, a bigger back obviously -- more in the Ridley size range."

Belichick would not indicate whether Gray would be used as the team's second option in the ground game moving forward.


Patriots' Jonas Gray emerges as second option


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Patriots opted to use Jonas Gray as their backup running back Thursday against the Jets.

Gray was promoted from the practice squad prior to the contest. He received three carries, gaining 12 yards. Gray was not targeted in the passing game. He'll look to contribute more Week 8 against the Bears.