While the number of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season citing concerns of the coronavirus pandemic, one former Washington running back is trying to make his way back into the league.
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported that Matt Jones is aiming to make his comeback into the NFL.
Former Washington and #Colts RB Matt Jones, who had a solid showing in the XFL, hoping for another shot in the NFL. He’s had some communication with teams. Could be an option for teams as COVID cases/opt-outs pile up. https://t.co/WbAn65jxO0— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 30, 2020
Jones, who ran for a couple great seasons for Washington Football Team before falling out of favor in 2017, most recently featured on the XFL's St. Louis Battlehawks before the season shutdown and the league folded. He rushed for 314 yards and was named on the mid-season All-XFL Team.
For Washington, Jones provided two promising seasons and as a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, he looked like he had real potential to be included in former coach Jay Gruden's future plans. During his rookie and sophomore seasons Jones finished with just a shade under 500 rushing yeards, sporting a 4.6 yards per carry record his second year. Ultimately, a knee injury and added competition meant he'd be waived before the 2017 season. With stops with the Colts and Eagles before his XFL stint, Jones is ready to prove himself once again.
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