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New RB Impresses Jets with Work Ethic

Curtis Martin was on the field during drills yesterday at Jets minicamp, but he wasn’t really participating. Instead, he stood near Eric Mangini, offering insight to the head coach. Because that is all Martin is able to add to the team, the job of actually carrying the ball will largely go to Thomas Jones, who already has made an impression on both Mangini and his new teammates. Prior to the start of minicamp, Leon Washington, like the rest of the team, was working out and saw Jones alongside him. “We were doing lifting and conditioning and then some of us left,” the second-year player said to the New York Post. “We came back and he was still there four hours after everybody else was gone. That’s the type of leadership that’s good for me and Cedric [Houston] to see. It makes us get extra work in.”

Although no one will confuse Jones with Martin when he was in his prime, the success the former Bear had the past two seasons caught everyone’s attention, almost as much as his work ethic. Jones detailed some of his regimen yesterday, with the short sleeves on his jersey rolled up to show off the results. “I work out Monday to Thursday and then have a personal trainer Friday and Saturday,” Jones said. “I take Sunday off.” That will soon change; for Washington, the fact that the eight-year pro got to the Super Bowl is all the evidence he needs that Jones’ technique works. “He played in the big game and he can help us get there,” Washington said. “We need to learn from him.” Jones is coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns. Last year, Washington led the Jets with 650 yards, sharing duties with Houston and Kevan Barlow. This year, barring injury, Jones figures to get the majority of the carries.

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