Ranking the top 10 running backs in NY Jets history

From Curtis Martin to Matt Snell, here are the 10 best running backs in New York Jets history
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6. Thomas Jones, RB, NY Jets

Another more recent back cracks the top 10 here at No. 6. Thomas Jones brought a tough and physical presence to the Jets' backfield from 2007 to 2010. He played a crucial role in the team's success during the 2009 season, which saw the Jets reach the AFC Championship Game.

Jones' hard-nosed running style and ability to grind out tough yards made him a fan favorite. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his three seasons with the Jets and provided stability to the offense.

Despite only playing three seasons with the Jets, Jones ranks as the team's number seven all-time leading rusher. In those three seasons, Jones ran for 3,833 yards on 931 carries, averaging over 310 carries and almost 1300 yards per season. Additionally, Jones tallied 28 touchdowns in that span as well.

Jones's best season with the team was the 2008 season. In a run-heavy system with rookie Mark Sanchez at quarterback, Jones ran the ball 290 times for 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning his only Pro Bowl nomination.

He also caught 36 passes for 207 yards and two more scores, finding the endzone 15 times that season and surpassing 1,500 scrimmage yards, the only time he would do that in his career.

Jones continued his Jets dominance in the 2009 season, his final with the team. In that year, Jones ran a career-high 331 times for over 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. He formed the foundation for a dynamic 1-2 punch with rookie Shonn Greene, carrying the team to the AFC Championship Game that year.

Despite a lack of sustained success with the Jets, Jones' career numbers are gaudy. Across 12 seasons with five different teams, Jones logged 2,678 carries for over 10,500 yards and 68 touchdowns.

He also added over 300 catches for an additional 2,000 yards. Jones ranks 26th all-time in NFL rushing yards, 19th in all-time carries, and 37th in touchdowns.