By John DeShazier
New Orleans Saints
Tony Jones Jr. doesn’t romanticize a four-year NFL journey that has seen him play running back for the New Orleans Saints (2020-22), Seattle Seahawks (2022), Denver Broncos (2023, practice squad) and Saints again (2023).
“My journey, I’m a journeyman,” Jones said. “I’ve been on three teams in the last 12 months.”
But the journey made a couple of stops in the end zone Monday night against Carolina, in a 20-17 Saints victory at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., to help the Saints improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2013.
They were the first two touchdowns of Jones’ NFL career, and immediately he knew how he would celebrate them.
The first touchdown ball – a 2-yard run with 2:56 left in the third quarter, giving New Orleans a 13-6 lead – would go to his wife, Becca, as he delivered on a promise. Because Becca would celebrate her birthday the next day, Tuesday.
“He had mentioned before the game, he was like, ‘I’m gonna get you a birthday touchdown run,'” she said through a smile that almost was audible. “I was like, ‘OK, that would be awesome.’ So he had mentioned it. I definitely knew at least one of them was for me.”
The second one, Tony said, which occurred on a 2-yard run with 3:14 left in the game and gave the Saints a 20-9 lead, also had a specific assignment.
“That second one, that’s mine,” he said.