Re-signed by Saints to reserve/futures contract, 1/13/11…Released from practice squad, 1/7/11; Re-signed to practice squad, 12/15/10…Released, 9/4/10…Signed by the Saints to their practice squad, 9/15/09…First signed as an undrafted free agent by Jacksonville, 4/27/09 and spent the preseason with Jaguars before being waived, 9/1/09…Former college QB who’s transitioned to TE…Started 21 games at QB in two seasons at Connecticut…Career totals included 276-of-509 passing for 3,236 yards with 16 TDs…In 2008 started eight games and finished 79-of-162 passing for 869 yards and three TDs…Showed ability to run with 206 career rushes for 612 yards and five TDs…Spent the 2006 season at Palomar (San Marcos, Calif.) Community College, after originally signing with Iowa State in 2005…JUCO All-America selection…Management major…Attended Eddyville-Blakesburg High (Iowa) HS…First-team all-state as a senior…Three-year letterman in basketball, track and football…Tyler John Lorenzen was born Dec. 24, 1985 in Fremont, Iowa.
NFL CAREER – Jones signed with the Saints five games into 2010 to add depth at running back. The Notre Dame product has 94 games of experience (77 starts), where he’s carried 1,280 times for 5,068 yards (4.0 avg.) with 22 touchdowns. He possesses excellent vision and balance and is strong enough to run between tackles and fast enough to run to the outside. Jones was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, where he spent the first four seasons of his career, rushing for a career-high 1,084 yards in 2006. He signed with Seattle as a free agent in 2008 before coming to the Saints.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by Saints, 10/12/10; Released by Seattle, 10/5/10; Signed by Seattle to a four-year contract, 3/8/08; Drafted by Dallas in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2004: NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month (November), NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 13), Fed Ex Ground Player of the Week (Week 13) and Levitra Play of the Week (Week 13).
2009 – After appearing in two games with Seattle, where he carried 12 times for 30 yards, joining Saints in October and appeared in ten games with two starts and carried 48 times for 193 yards (4.0 avg.) and had 15 receptions for 56 yards…Season rushing totals with both Saints and Seahawks were 60 carries for 223 yards…In NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle, 1/8/11, carried 15 times for 59 yards with two TDs, the first two of his postseason career and had six receptions for 61 yards, including playoff career-long 33 yard grab, giving him club-best 120 yards from scrimmage…In his Saints debut at Tampa Bay, Oct. 17, carried nine times for 32 yards…Started at Carolina, Nov. 7 and on first play from scrimmage, had a 54-yard run, finishing with six carries for 68 yards. 2009 – Started all 14 games he appeared in and carried 177 times for 663 yards with two touchdowns and had 35 receptions for 232 yards with two touchdowns…In opener vs. St. Louis, had 19 carries for 117 yards (6.2 avg.) with one TD, including a 62-yard TD run and two catches for 19 yards…Had 19 carries for 98 yards and three receptions for 38 yards including a 39-yard TD grab vs. Chicago, Sept. 27…Carried 15 times for 56 yards and had two catches for 32 yards at Dallas, Nov. 1…Carried 16 times for 36 yards with one TD and had six receptions for 78 yards, including career-long 49-yard grab, vs. Detroit, Nov. 8…After being inactive for two contests with chest injury returned vs. San Francisco, Dec. 6 and had 20 carries for 67 yards…Carried 12 times for 65 yards (5.4 avg.) vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 20…Had 14 carries for 39 yards and six grabs for 51 yards at Green Bay, Dec. 27…Carried 14 times for 61 yards in finale vs. Tennessee, 1/3/10. 2008 – Appeared in 15 games with ten starts and had 158 carries for 698 yards (4.4 avg.) with two touchdowns and 14 catches for 66 yards in first season in Seattle…Carried 26 times for 127 yards (4.9 avg.) with a 27-yard TD burst vs. San Francisco, Sept. 14…Carried 22 times for 140 yards (6.4) avg.) with one TD vs. St. Louis, Sept. 21..Had 17 carries for 61 yards and a 13-yard reception at N.Y. Giants, Oct. 5…Had seven carries for 42 yards at Tampa Bay, Oct. 19…Carried ten times for 41 yards (4.1 avg.) vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 2…Had 16 carries for 88 yards (5.5 avg.) at Miami, Nov. 9. 2007 – In final season in Dallas, Started all 16 games and had 164 carries for 588 yards with two TDs and 23 catches for 203 yards…Carried 16 times for 66 yards and had an 11-yard grab vs. N.Y. Giants, Sept. 9…Carried 13 times for 52 yards with one TD vs. St. Louis, Sept. 30…Had six carries for 51 yards (8.5 avg.) vs. New England, Oct. 14…Had 13 rushes for 57 yards (4.4 avg.) with one TD and three catches for 22 yards at Philadelphia, Nov. 4…Carried 11 times for 48 yards at N.Y. Giants, Nov. 11…Had 14 carries for 64 yards and four catches for 26 yards vs. N.Y. Jets, Nov. 22. 2006 – In third NFL season, topped 1,000 rushing yards for first time, becoming the first Cowboy to do so since Emmitt Smith in 2001…Finished with 267 rushes for 1,084 yards, which ranked tenth in the NFC and 17th in the NFL. Also had four TDs and added nine catches for 142 yards…Rushed for 100 yards four times and became first Dallas back to have three consecutive 100-yard games since Smith in 2000…In opening loss at Jacksonville, Sept. 10, Jones scored team’s first TD of season, a 23-yard run on opening possession. Finished with 72 yards on 17 carries (4.2 yards-per-carry)…Had 94 yards on 29 carries (4.7 yards-per-carry) in Sunday night game against Washington, Sept. 17…Had 23 carries for a season-high 122 yards (5.3 avg.) at Tennessee, Oct. 1, his first 100-yard game of 2006 and the fifth of his career. Also had a TD, as Dallas finished with 217 yards on the ground…Reached the 100-yard mark for the second straight week with 100 on 22 carries (4.8 avg.) vs. Houston, Oct. 15…Had 24 carries for 92 yards with a 14-yard TD at Carolina, Oct. 29…Carried 20 times for 73 yards at Washington, Nov. 5…Had 22 carries for 79 yards and three catches for 25 yards vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 19…Carried ten times for 116 yards (11.6 avg.), including career-long 77-yard burst with a ten-yard reception vs. New Orleans, Dec. 10…In NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle, 1/6/07, carried 22 times for 112 yards (5.1 avg.). 2005 – Despite missing three games, finished eighth in the NFC and 17th in the NFL with 993 rushing yards. Picked up a first down on 9-of-16 carries (56.0 percent) on third or fourth down…In opener at San Diego, Sept. 11, ran for 93 yards and a TD on 26 carries and added three grabs for 18 yards…Vs. Washington, Sept. 19, had 81 yards on 22 carries...Had 85 yards and two TDs on 26 carries in 34-31 win at San Francisco, Sept. 25, catching four passes for 24 yards …Held to 76 yards on 22 carries at Oakland, Oct. 2, just the second time in 11 career starts that he failed to rush for at least 80 yards…Vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 9, had 16 carries for 72 yards as Dallas jumped to a 27-3 first half lead. Before halftime, suffered high left ankle sprain and didn’t return…Missed three games and returned at Philadelphia, Nov. 14, with eight carries for 16 yards…Returned to lineup vs. Detroit, Nov. 20 and rushed for 92 yards on 21 carries. On opening drive, ran seven times for 37 yards as Cowboys went 84 yards in 14 plays and scored a TD…Had 23 carries for 74 yards and nine receptions for career-high 88 yards (9.8 avg.) at N.Y. Giants, Dec. 4…Carried 12 times for 79 yards (6.6 avg.) and had three catches for 17 yards at Washington, Dec. 18…Enjoyed workhorse day with career-high 34 carries for 194 yards with two TDs, including a 43-yard TD run and had two receptions for 17 yards for 211 total yards from scrimmage. 2004 – Although he missed eight of first nine games because of bruised ribs and fractured scapula, had memorable rookie season…Started last seven games and finished with 819 rushing yards (4.2 avg.), and seven touchdowns…In eight games, rushed for 102.4 yards-per-game, fifth-best average in the NFL…Second among NFL rookies in rushing yards, 14th in the NFC and 28th in the NFL…Finished third among NFC rookies with 42 points, and his seven rushing TDs led all NFL rookies…Had three of the top 36 rushing games in the NFL and three of the top five among rookies…Had three games of 149 more rushing yards: only Seattle’s Shaun Alexander had more (four)…Also finished with 17 catches for 109 yards…After missing season opener at Minnesota, Sept. 12, with preseason rib injury, made NFL debut in win over Cleveland, Sept. 19. Had 16 yards on five carries and caught two passes for 14 yards, but fractured scapula and missed next eight weeks…Returned as starter at Baltimore, Nov. 21, where he had 81 yards on 33 carries…Had breakout day in front of a national television audience vs. Chicago, Nov. 25 on Thanksgiving. Rushed for 150 yards and two TDs on 33 carries. Yardage total tied for what was second-best total by a rookie in club history until he ran for 198 following week. Despite playing just two games, named NFL’s November Offensive Rookie of Month, rushing for 231 yards and two TDs on 63 carries…In win Monday night at Seattle, Dec. 6, had career-high 198 yards on 30 carries and career-high three TDs. 198 rushing yards were the most in a game by a rookie in the NFL in 2004 and third-most by any RB in 2004. Scored winning TD on a 17-yard run with 32 seconds left, capping comeback that featured 14 straight points in the final 1:45. Had 44 yards on four carries on winning drive, which covered 57 yards on eight plays in 1:13. Also had season-best first quarter 53-yard run. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week and earned Fed Ex Ground honors. Winning run named Levitra Play of the Week. Became first player in team history – and second player in NFL history (Earl Campbell) – to have at least 30 carries in three consecutive games. Vs. New Orleans, Dec. 12, had 23 carries for 88 yards and scored Cowboys’ only TD on one-yard first quarter run…At Philadelphia, Dec. 19, had 80 yards on 25 carries, fifth straight game with 80 or more yards…In last-minute 13-10 win over Washington, Dec. 26, had 57 yards on 22 carries…In finale at the N.Y. Giants, 1/2/05, a nationally televised game, had 149 yards on 29 carries (5.1 avg.) and five receptions for 46 yards. It gave Jones at least 149 rushing yards in three of last six games. Posted season-highs with five receptions for 46 yards, including a 37-yard screen pass. Finished with 195 total yards, topping Tiki Barber, the NFL’s yards-from-scrimmage leader, who ended with 116. Also scored on one-yard run with 1:49 left to give Dallas a 24-21 lead. New York won game on last-minute TD drive.
COLLEGE – One of four runners in Notre Dame history to rush for over 3,000 yards…Started 17 of 45 games and gained 3,018 yards on 634 carries and had 26 touchdowns…1,678 kickoff return yards broke school record of 1,613 yards, and 2,104 combined kick return yards also broke Notre Dame mark. 5,372 all-purpose yards was Notre Dame record…As senior, set school record by running for more than 200 yards in a game three times…Finished with 229 carries for 1,268 yards, tied for fourth-most in school history, and scored 10 TDs… 1,568 all-purpose yards were the most in a season by a Notre Dame player since Raghib Ismail had 1,723 yards in 1990.
PERSONAL – Attended Powell Valley ( Va.) HS, where he earned honorable mention USA Today All-America…Earned four letters in football and captained team as senior, when he rushed for 2,564 yards and 36 TDs…Named Virginia Group A Offensive Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998 by AP and Virginia High School Coaches Association…Career totals include 614 carries for 5,803 yards and 86 TDs…Also played S and made 10 interceptions. Helped Powell Valley win 28 straight games and Virginia Group A-Division II title in 1997 and 1998…Earned four letters in basketball…Earned four letters in track, earning all-state honors last three seasons in hurdle and jumping events…In 1998, ran 300 intermediate hurdles in a state record 38.7 seconds…His older brother, Thomas, was the sixth pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by Arizona, also played for Tampa Bay, Chicago, N.Y. Jets and currently Kansas City…Majored in sociology…Married to wife Kelly, and has a son Julius.