Matt Jones reportedly asks Washington for release
- The agent of running back Matt Jones has “politely asked” the Washington Redskins to cut him, stating that Jones has “no future there,” per an AP report. After skipping OTAs, Jones has been in attendance for minicamp this week, but has found himself buried in the depth chart behind starter Rob Kelley, third-down back Chris Thompson, and fourth-round draft choice Samaje Perine.
- Jones’ career with Washington includes 20 total starts and 243 attempts for 950 yards. He has racked up 6 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving score. Since entering the league he has averaged 3.9 yards per carry, which falls just below the 2016 season average of 4.2. His overall grades of 55.1 and 69.5 ranked 137th and 36th in the league, respectively.
- Jones was benched after his third fumble of the season in Week 7 and remained inactive for the rest of the campaign. In Weeks 1-7, Jones put the ball on the turf three times, tied with Chiefs back Spencer Ware for the most in the league. His elusive rating of 31.9 ranked 17th of 23 backs with at least 70 attempts. Kelley overtook him on the depth chart and finished the season with an elusive rating of 61.5, ranking fourth of 53 running backs with at least 80 attempts.
- Jones is no doubt a strong runner, averaging 2.85 yards after contact Weeks 1-7, the fifth-highest mark among backs with more than 75 rushing attempts during that time. However, he must fix the fumbling issues that have been consistent since his rookie year. Over the last two years, Jones averages a fumble once every 34.7 carries, the most frequent among backs with at least 100 rush attempts. Kelley notched 168 rush attempts since taking over the starting job, and has yet to cough up the ball.