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Pats contained Jets RB Jones

When an AFC East rival makes a big move, there is often a trickle-down effect to the Patriots.

The New York Jets announced Monday that they will release veteran running back Thomas Jones when free agency begins Friday. So how will this impact the Patriots?

Jones never seemed to be a big problem for them.

In six meetings over the last three seasons, he totaled 105 carries for 392 yards (3.7 avg.) and one touchdown.

While Jones eclipsed the 100-yard mark in two games against the Patriots, it often seemed like the Patriots had more problems with the quicker Leon Washington. Now, it will be second-year rusher Shonn Greene pairing with Washington.