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Ex-Ravens practice squad RB Jonas Gray scores four TDs for Patriots

Patriots running back Jonas Gray celebrates a first-half touchdown, one of four he scored against the Colts Sunday night.
Patriots running back Jonas Gray celebrates a first-half touchdown, one of four he scored against the Colts Sunday night. (Thomas J. Russo / USA Today Sports)

When the Ravens' season ended last year, practice squad running back Jonas Gray opted to sign a reserve-future deal with the New England Patriots.

That decision, along with a series of injuries to the Patriots' backfield, provided the back story to Gray's breakthrough game Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

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The former undrafted free agent from Notre Dame rushed for 199 yards and a franchise-record four touchdowns on 38 carries to lead the Patriots to a 42-20 rout of the Colts.

The 5-foot-10, 230-pound Gray started his career with the Miami Dolphins in 2012 while recuperating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered at Notre Dame. He then spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad before joining the Patriots this offseason. He was signed to their practice squad after he didn't make the 53-man roster.

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Now, Gray has joined Barry Sanders, Mike Anderson and Doug Martin as the only running backs to rush for more than 180 yards and score four touchdowns in a road game.

Gray has a straight-forward running style based on power. He had gained 131 yards on 32 career carries and had never scored a regular-season touchdown entering Sunday night.

"I never look for the home run a whole lot," Gray told New England reporters. "I kind of want to set the tone and run downhill and kind of get the extra yardage and punish the defender."

awilson@baltsun.com

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