The Eagles have signed former Redskins and Colts running back Matt Jones to a contract. Ian Rappoport stated that Jones took part in a three back workout yesterday that also involved running back Terrance West.
Who is Matt Jones?
Matt Jones was a 2015 third round pick of the Washington Redskins. He showed promise as a power back in his rookie season gaining 490 yards on 144 carries. He also scored three touchdowns. However the next season he failed to live up to expectations. His fumble prone nature caused him to fall out of favor with the Redskins coaching staff. He had eight fumbles in just two seasons in Washington. Then after the season he was released. The Indianapolis Colts signed him, but he failed to make an impact bouncing around from their practice squad to their active roster.
Will he make it through offseason cuts?
Matt Jones has a lot of competition. He was brought in to try to fill the role LeGarrette Blount vacated this offseason. His competition for a spot on the roster is undrafted free agent Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood and Donnell Pumphrey. The Eagles currently have seven running backs on their roster. They will most likely reduce that number to four or five through the offseason cuts.
Matt Jones is going to have to really impress the Eagles coaching staff to beat out all of his competition. I wouldn’t say it is impossible, however, I would say that rookie Josh Adams is my favorite to fill the role of power back. It will most likely be an uphill climb for Jones to make the roster. However, it is a positive for Matt Jones that the Eagles do not seem very confident that their current running back group can fill the void. Maybe Jones has more of a chance than you would think.
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