Matt Jones started off fast last season, but disappeared in Washington’s running back rotation at the end of the year.
The former Florida standout apparently doesn’t like his options with the Redskins. It’s led to him to skip the team’s OTA this week, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport.
#Redskins RB Matt Jones will not be at OTAs, source said. He was a healthy scratch most of last year, doesn’t appear part of their plans.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 24, 2017
Jones started Washington’s first seven games last season, piling up 460 rushing yards on 99 carries. He twice notched 100-yard games as the Redskins’ featured back.
After the fast start, Jones didn’t play in the team’s final nine games after sustaining a knee injury. The Redskins limped to an 8-7-1 record to mark the third time in four seasons they failed to make the playoffs.
It appears his role with the team is being squeezed out. Rob Kelley took over as the team’s starter late in the season and played well. Samaje Perine was the team’s fourth-round draft pick and Chris Thompson is in place as its third-down back.
Rappoport reported earlier this year that the Redskins were actively seeking a trade for Jones, although nothing has come to fruition.
A more likely scenario would be for a prospective team to wait until the Redskins decide on Jones. He would then be available for pick up before training camps open in July.
Brown was a third-round pick of the Redskins in 2015. It’s been surprising to see him fall out of favor in Coach Jay Gruden’s rotation so quickly.
But if he can regain his early 2016 form, Jones could be a bargain-basement bargain for another team.