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Looks like another inactive week for Redskins RB Matt Jones

Looks like another inactive week for Redskins RB Matt Jones

The unexpected ascension of Robert Kelley has brought with it some unintended consequences, particularly for Redskins running back Matt Jones. Coming into the year, Jones was installed as the top runner in the Washington offense. By Week 10, Jones was a healthy scratch. 

As Tony Romo eloquently stated in his press conference to support Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott, football is a meritocracy. And on merit, Kelley deserves the No. 1 RB role.

The interesting part for the Redskins, however, is the dominoes that fell once Kelley hit the starting lineup. Veteran Chris Thompson is secure in his role as kick returner and third down back, but Jay Gruden's team always dressed three running backs on game days.

Jones missed the Bengals game with a knee injury, but was held out last week against the Vikings despite being able to play. The coaches explained that Mack Brown plays special teams, and that's why he made more sense for the team than Jones. Heading into Sunday Night Football against the Packers, it sounds like the same scenario will unfold.

"Mack is getting a majority of the work on special teams," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said when asked if Jones could be active on Sunday.

Without playing specials, it's unlikely Jones makes the active roster against Green Bay. Gruden's comments on Thursday provided little reason to think anything different. 

"His number will be called again. I just don’t know when that will be," Gruden said of Jones. "He just has got to continue to prepare and practice and when his time comes be ready for it and take advantage of it."

On the year, Jones has rushed for 460 yards and three touchdowns. The numbers are solid, though Jones did struggle with fumbles in a loss at Detroit.

More importantly, however, has been Kelley's knack for avoiding negative plays, an area Jones struggled at times. Consider these quotes from Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay.

"We’re not having a lot of negative plays," Gruden said. "Rob Kelley is doing a great job of getting positive yards, keeping us in good, solid down and distances."

And here is McVay, when asked about Kirk Cousins' success on play action passes: "The key is being able to be efficient in the run game. I thought Rob Kelley did a great job where you stay in those normal down-and-distances and that kind of opens up some of those run-actions, and that’s what we were able to do towards the end of the game."

Like Gruden said, Jones could certainly hit the Redskins active roster again this season. It's unlikely to be this weekend though. 

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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