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Former Washington RB Matt Jones aiming for NFL comeback

Former Washington RB Matt Jones aiming for NFL comeback

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. 

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. 

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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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Check out how SWEET the new, numbered Washington Football Team helmets look

Check out how SWEET the new, numbered Washington Football Team helmets look

If you're unhappy or, at the very least, not feeling the Washington Football Team's temporary name, that's fine. Completely understandable, in fact.

After all, no one else in the major sports leagues goes by something that bland. LeBron James, for example, plays for the Lakers, not the Los Angeles Basketball Team. Juan Soto stars (and dances) for the Washington Nationals, not the Washington Baseball Club.  

Therefore, any Burgundy and Gold supporter who's desperate for 2020 to end so they can refer to their organization by a true name, instead of a stopgap one, can be forgiven.

However, those same people need to realize that they've recently been given a gift from the swag Gods, one that should help them cope with the upcoming season. And thanks to a video and some pictures from the WFT that were released on Wednesday, it can now be fully appreciated.

So, what's the gift? The squad's new, numbered helmets.

They were somewhat visible in the mock-up uniforms that were released a few weeks ago, but in the below posts, they're full-on visible and SO BEAUTIFUL:

 

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Gone is Washington's old logo, as well as the stripe that ran down the middle. Each player's individual number will take their place, standing out on both sides in simple yet pleasing gold font.

That's all the analysis that needs to happen here, though. They're simply gorgeous. They're perfect. They're beyond perfect. They're wonderful. They're *sighs, shakes head slightly and just smiles*.

In fact, stop reading these sentences that are just repeating the same thing over and over and go back to staring at the helmets. That's a much more efficient use of your time. 

.................Man. They're perfect.

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Chase Young has 'that vibe' and 'doesn't seem like a rookie,' according to Kendall Fuller

Chase Young has 'that vibe' and 'doesn't seem like a rookie,' according to Kendall Fuller

Kendall Fuller isn't the most seasoned vet in the NFL, but with four years of experience in the league, he's been around plenty of young guys by now. And thanks to the Super Bowl-winning roster he was a part of with the Chiefs, Fuller's also competed alongside some of the sport's most talented athletes.

So when he implies that he's already sensing something special in Chase Young — even though the two haven't interacted much up to this point on the Washington Football Team — it's notable.

"He just kind of has that... just that vibe when you walk by him," Fuller said on a Wednesday Zoom call with reporters, pausing to make sure he landed on the right descriptor. "He doesn't seem like a rookie. He seems like a professional. He's hungry. He wants to work."

Fuller explained that, on his walk to do his presser with the media, he noticed Young "getting in a couple of sprints" for some extra work. That kind of "professional" approach should serve him well as he looks to make his mark in the pros.

"Being the No. 2 pick, seems like he's not even thinking about that," Fuller said. "He's just thinking about being the best player he can be on Sundays."

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Because Washington hasn't had the chance to really initiate any normal football practices yet, Young hasn't gotten to fully unleash his physical skills in front of his teammates and coaches. He's still finding a way to shine, though, as Fuller indicated.

Defensive line coach Sam Mills III had a take similar to the cornerback's.

"The young man is determined," Mills III said Monday. "You can tell he's been studying. ... I'm excited about his future and I'm excited about how fast he's picking everything up."

Thanks to the name issue, the pandemic and all the other distractions from this offseason, the attention on the possible franchise-changer has somewhat died down. But if he's already standing out this much before he's even chased after an opposing quarterback, just wait until he begins showcasing that particular and rare ability.

That is when all the attention on Young will rightly return, and then it should only continue to grow from there.

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