Recently, Matt Jones let the Washington Redskins know that he was incredibly unhappy with his role on the team. Sure, the Redskins have him last on the depth chart behind Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson, and then they drafted a dynamic rookie in Samaje Perine. So yes, Matt Jones is clearly the odd man out at the moment.
However, Matt Jones is not a very valuable trade asset for the Skins currently by being so disgruntled, unprofessional, and not participating in voluntary OTAs. Let’s briefly revisit the last two seasons where Matt Jones was the opening day starter. His stat sheet reads as follows for the 2015 and 2016 Seasons:
|Year||Rushing||Receiving||Fumb.||KO Ret||Punt Ret|
For someone who started the first 7 games of the Redskins’ season, the stat sheet is a little bit above average, with a 4.6 yards per carry. However, Jay Gruden lost “interest” in Jones when his fumbling issues re-appeared mid-season. It also didn’t help the fact that the Redskins red zone woes were magnified when their starting running back only found pay dirt three times. Another quick glance at the stat sheet shows that he has only 3 TOTAL games the past two seasons where he went over the 100-yard rushing mark. That is not going to cut it in the NFL.
So, where do the Redskins turn to with their disgruntled back-up running back? A trade partner may happen, but the destinations would likely be limited with a player who has had a history of fumbling issues, and no true breakaway speed. Jay Gruden has been adamant that Matt Jones is still part of the football team, yet was recently told by the Redskins that “he’s no longer a part of the Redskins’ plans.”
All of this boils down to two options: find a trade partner before training camp begins, or cut Matt Jones and let him chose his next team on his own. The latter is the more likely scenario as this “drama” plays out before us in DC. Best of luck, Matt. You’re probably going to need it.