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If the season started tomorrow, the Redskins would line up Matt Jones as their starting running back. While Jones showed flashes of talent in 2015, he also delivered incosistent results as injuries limited his snaps and fumbles limited his effectiveness.

To a man, Redskins players and coaches have said all offseason they believe the second-year Jones is ready to be RB1 now that Alfred Morris is playing for the Cowboys.

Last year, Jones ran for nearly 500 yards with another 300 yards receiving, accounting for four touchdowns. The numbers don't stand out, and when Jones' five fumbles are added to the picture along with three missed games, it's easy to see why some fans and analysts question if Jones is really prepared for the top running role.

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Make no mistake: Jones has the size, speed and talent to be a starting NFL running back. But he remains such an unknown that it's natural to think Washington may try to bring in a veteran to back up Jones.

Currently, Chris Thompson takes the second spot on the RB depth chart, and while a tough and valuable player, it's hard to think the 5-foot-8, 193 lbs. runner will last the year in the No. 2 role.

Late last season, GM Scot McCloughan signed veteran running back Pierre Thomas for the 'Skins playoff push. Thomas returned decent results for Washington, with 136 total yards in four games. Thomas' 4.7 yards-per-carry looked significantly better than Jones' 3.4 YPC as well.

 

Considering Thomas is currently unsigned, it would not come as a big surprise if McCloughan again added him to the Redskins roster. Then again, if it was going to happen, why not have the veteran take part in offseason workouts with the team?

There are other, sexier names still available too, none moreso than former Texans star Arian Foster. Limited to just four games before an Achilles injury in 2015, Foster is only two years removed from a 1,500+ total yard, 13 TD season in 2014. A dynamic threat on the run or catching the ball out of the backfield, Foster has scored 68 touchdowns in his seven-year career.

Foster said in May he can "definitely play" again this fall after his injury, and eventually, some NFL team will take that chance. 

Another name to watch could be Reggie Bush. A former Heisman Trophy winner at USC and Super Bowl winner with the Saints, Bush has scored 63 TDs in a nine-year career, but is also rehabbing from injury. Some expect the RB needy Buffalo Bills to contact Bush, and if they don't, another suitor will emerge.

Signing a name like Foster or Bush does not seem like the obvious move for McCloughan. Perhaps a lesser known player - with many less miles on their RB odometer - makes sense, guys like Dan "Boom" Herron or Joique Bell. 

McCloughan has also proven he does not care what conventional wisdom suggests. In turn, maybe the 'Skins do plan on giving Jones the chance without a veteran behind him. Or, the team could just be playing this whole thing patiently. Thomas was available late in the season last year, and as teams around the NFL gear up for the start of training camp, there's little reason to think Thomas or similar players won't be available. 

What do you think - will McCloughan add another RB to the Redskins?

Should they make a run at Arian Foster? What about Reggie Bush?

Or does the return of Pierre Thomas just make too much sense?

Let us know in the comments.