One of the worst kept secrets in the NFL finally ended Saturday when the Redskins released running back Matt Jones, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The third-year back out of Florida started the 2016 season atop the RB depth chart, but ended the season on the inactive list.
Jones' story took a number of turns. Impressive as a rookie in 2015, he accounted for nearly 800 yards from scrimmage and allowed the team to get rid of incumbent Alfred Morris in the 2016 offseason. He started the year with up and down results. In the first eight games, he twice ran for more than 100 yards, though his recurring fumbling problems kept popping up.
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In a Week 8 loss to Detroit, Jones fumbled twice, once at the goal line. Jay Gruden was visibly upset at the goal line fumble, and Jones never played again in the 2016 season. It's easy to dismiss his issue as just fumbling, but reports of Jones' reluctance to play on special teams also contributed to his undoing with the Redskins.
This offseason, Jones skipped the voluntary OTA sesssions in Washington and asked to be traded or released.
Washington will go into the season with Rob Kelley as the starter, Chris Thompson in his third down and passing back role, and rookie Samaje Perine and Mack Brown likely will fill out the roster.
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