In wins against the Giants and Browns, Matt Jones played a decisive role for the Redskins, running the ball downhill on drives that would seal wins for Washington. Last Sunday in a win over Baltimore, Jones struggled, and while the Ravens defense played well, No. 2 running back Robert Kelley looked sharp.
"I think you’ll see more of Robert. I think Robert shows that he’s deserving of some carries," 'Skins coach Jay Gruden said Monday. "You know, we like Matt Jones, but I think there’s a good combination there where the both of them can get the ball."
In Baltimore, Jones ran 14 times for 31 yards and fumbled the ball once. It was a much smaller sample size, but Kelley ran the ball three times for 18 yards. It wasn't just the stats, Kelley looked more decisive cutting behind the Redskins offensive line, and has a habit of falling forward for additional yards that sometimes eludes Jones.
Fans should not get confused - Jones is still the Redskins starting runner. Gruden just wants the undrafted rookie Kelley to get more chances.
"Depending on how many carries Matt gets, Robert, obviously, we want to mix him in there to keep Matt fresh and keep Robert fresh and get a different look from time to time. Robert had a couple of good hits, he really did. So I think he deserves a couple more shots."
Kelley did not record a carry for Washington until Week 3 in New York, and in that game he was admittedly too excited to produce. With only one touch against Cleveland, Kelley did not show much either in Week 4. The Baltimore game was his biggest opportunity, and Kelley clearly did enough to convince the head coach he should get more chances.
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