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Easy-to-drop Thomas Jones still struggling

Stuffed in a terrific piece on the struggles of Tennessee running back Chris Johnson by AFC South bud Paul Kuharsky is an alarming statistic for the Kansas City Chiefs.

It is also another reason why the Chiefs need to keep giving Jackie Battle the rock in their post-Jamaal Charles 2011 season.

Veteran running back Thomas Jones is the worst in the NFL in yards after contact amongst runners with at least 40 carries. Jones is averaging 0.9 yards a carry after contact. Thus, he almost always drops to the turf after initial contact.

Jones, 33, has been struggling this season. He has 166 yards on 49 carries this season and is averaging 3.4 yards per carry. I would expect Jones to be relegated to being a situational runner this season.

All signs are pointing to the Chiefs giving Battle a chance to be the lead back. Battle had 119 yards on 19 carries in a win against the Colts in Week 5. The Chiefs -- who led the NFL in rushing last year -- have been looking for a ground-game boost since Charles, who was second in the NFL with 1,467 rushing yards last season, suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 2.

It’s clear the easy-to-drop Jones has not been the answer.