After spending one part of his post-practice press conference praising Rob Kelley, Jay Gruden was asked a question regarding Matt Jones' continued absence from the Redskins' OTAs. And in his answer, no praise was to be found.
Jones has yet to appear in Ashburn to participate in Washington's May practices, and on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that he wasn't intent on changing that after the team told him he was no longer in their plans. On Wednesday, however, while Gruden didn't address that report, he did make it clear he's a bit unhappy with Jones not showing.
"I expect him to be," the coach said when asked if he wanted the 24-year-old to be in Ashburn. "He's on our roster. You know, he's eating up a spot. But we all know that this is voluntary, so there's really nothing that we can do."
"You'd like everybody to be here without a doubt," he continued. "But at the end of the day, Jordan Reed's in Miami working out, Trent's working out in Oklahoma, Matt Jones chose not to be here... It is voluntary at the end of the day."
Thanks to Kelley's ascension, Samaje Perine's arrival and Chris Thompson's firm grasp on the third-down duties, the Redskins' backfield is suddenly very crowded, so those murmurs that Jones isn't long for the Burgundy and Gold make sense. But for at least another day, Gruden acted as if Jones is still relevant, though his harsh tone in addressing the third-year player's status makes you wonder how long that'll remain the case.
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