Eagles Sign Former Redskins Running Back Matt Jones
On Wednesday the Philadelphia Eagles continued to add to their running back depth. The team reached an agreement with former Redskins running back Matt Jones on a two-year deal. Jones was released by the Indianapolis Colts last week. This also comes just one day after the team had former Ravens running back Terrance West in for a visit. With this signing, the Eagles backfield now stands at seven as we head deeper into the offseason.
Eagles Sign A Familiar Face
Eagles fans should remember Jones very well. Back in 2016, he ran for 135 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown to help the Redskins defeat the Eagles 27-20. Since then, the running back has not been able to carry that momentum. The Redskins cut Jones after last season as he was not active for the teams final nine games of the regular season. In his seven appearances, he was very effective. Jones received 99 carries for 460 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, he added eight catches for 73 yards. In 2017 with the Colts he carried the ball just five times for 14 yards.
Matt Jones is a boss. pic.twitter.com/j4FOw8mU6n
— Burgundy Blog (@BurgundyBlog) September 20, 2015
Where Does Jones Fit
The biggest issue with Jones has been his ball security. In 20 career games played he has fumbled a whopping eight times. If he expects to make the Eagles roster that will have to improve. Added on as the Eagles seventh back it will be difficult to stand out. The one thing the former Florida running back does have is size. In addition at 6’2, 239 lbs Jones is now the biggest running back on the roster. Furthermore, he has the size to be a bruiser and could churn out a role as the team’s goal line and short yardage back.
General Manager Howie Roseman certainly loves his Gators which could have helped Jones find a home with the Super Bowl Champions. Still, just 25 years old Jones still has plenty of talent. With the Eagles normally keeping three running backs on the 53 man roster it should be a dogfight to see who can make the roster or earn a practice squad spot. Furthermore, The former Redskins 3rd round pick has 964 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for his career.
Matt Jones starting RB for the Redskins pic.twitter.com/3O6saLnOuU
— Furious Styles (@Chris_Worthy_) May 6, 2016
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