The Redskins may be looking to add a running back in the final six rounds of the draft. And they may be looking to subtract one who has been around for a couple of years.
According to an NFL Media report, Washington is shopping running back Matt Jones, who was a third-round pick in the 2015 draft. Jones came into last season as the starter and in the first seven games he had two 100-yard games, rushed for 460 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. But then the fumbling issues that haunted him as a rookie started up again. He was benched in Week 8 and he was inactive for the rest of the season.
As a rookie, he split time with Alfred Morris and rushed for 490 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 304 yards and a TD. When Morris left as a free agent the Redskins anointed Jones as the unquestioned starter. He was given every opportunity to grab on to the job but he could not.
Although he was a third-round pick, Jones likely has very little value in the trade market. He does have good size at 6-1, 235 and he just turned 24 years old. But his fumbling issues severely limit his market value. The Redskins likely would have to settle for a late conditional pick in the 2018 draft if they want to get anything in return for Jones.
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If they can’t trade him they likely will keep him through training camp even if they do add another running back to a corps that already includes Jones, starter Rob Kelley, third-down back Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown.