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Washington Redskins – Jones breaks out, again
It was a downpour of production in Week 10 for Washington’s backfield. The trio of Matt Jones, Alfred Morris and Chris Thompson combined to run for 202 yards on 28 carries and caught all 7 of their targets for 168 yards. The embarrassment of giving up 370 total yards to a single backfield was enough to prompt the Saints to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, but this timeshare remains murky.
Matt Jones has by far the highest ceiling, but has not seen his potential translate into consistent usage. He has not seen more than 11 carries since his Week 2 breakout performance of 19-123-2 (3-23-0), and his snap counts have usually hovered around the low twenties. In the five games between his Week 2 and Week 10 elite performances, Jones was borderline terrible, rushing for just 125 yards on 49 carries (2.6YPC) and fumbling twice.
Alfred Morris miraculously totaled over 100 yards (106) during Week 10, a feat he hasn’t done since rushing for 121 yards in Week 1. Entering Week 10, Morris seemed to finally be on the outs with the coaching staff, only garnering 10 snaps in each of Washington’s previous two games, with only 15 yards on 10 carries to show for it. But he actually out-snapped Jones 26-24 this week and continues to be an obstacle between Jones and a majority share of the work.
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