With the Washington Redskins having a loaded backfield, it seems that Matt Jones is going to be looking for a new team, as he is currently last on the team’s depth chart and that he opted to not attend OTAs. Jones will be cut if the Redskins cannot find a trade partner, but the Green Bay Packers look like a team that could use the former third-round pick in a committee role. If acquired, it will cost the Packers a seventh round pick, which the Redskins know that is all they will receive for the former Florida Gator product.
Now, Matt Jones was the starter in Washington, but injuries cost him time and the other running backs on the roster performed well enough to take away mostly all of his snaps on the gridiron.
In 20 career games, the 24-year-old Tampa native has started seven games and ran for a total of 950 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and scored six rushing touchdowns on 243 carries. Jones is still working on being a more reliable receiving back, which I think he can be an every down bell cow. He has 27 career catches for 377 yards (1 score) that results in 14 yards per catch.
However, Jones does need to work on securing the ball. The youngster has eight career fumbles, as five came during his rookie campaign (2015) and three last year.
Furthermore, the Packers have a group of inexperienced rookies listed in the backfield with Ty Montgomery having the only experience as an NFL running back. That experience came last year when the team had no running backs to use (injuries) and they decided to experiment with the Stanford product there. He will remain listed as a running back on the Packers roster.
In addition, Montgomery led the Packers in rushing yards (457) and picked up three scores coming from the backfield with an incredible yards per carry (5.9). As coming into the league as a wide receiver, he would get the first crack on third downs, as he is a better receiver than Jones or anyone else currently listed as a running back.
Finally, the Packers running back group includes drafted rookies such as Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, Devante Mays, and undrafted rookies like William Stanback and Kalif Phillips.
Note: If the Packers do not land Matt Jones, they will have one of the youngest and inexperienced backfields in the league.