Jay Gruden: Matt Jones is on our roster, I expect him back

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Running back Matt Jones has not taken part in Organized Team Activities this offseason after reportedly being told by members of the Redskins coaching staff that he’s not in the team’s plans for the 2017 season.

Given previous word that the team was shopping Jones in a trade and a depth chart that features Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson and rookie Samaje Perine, that didn’t qualify as a particularly shocking revelation. It’s not one that head coach Jay Gruden is willing to sign onto at this point, however.

Gruden was asked on Wednesday if he expected Jones to return to the team and he lumped him in with other players who aren’t at OTAs while definitely remaining in the team’s plans.

“I hope so,” Gruden said in comments distributed by the team. “I expect him to be. He’s on our roster, he’s eating up a spot. We all know that this is voluntary, so there’s really nothing that we can do. We’d like everybody to be here without a doubt, but at the end of the day, Jordan Reed is in Miami working out, Trent [Williams] is working out in Oklahoma, Matt Jones chose not to be here, so we obviously want people to work together and learn together, but it is voluntary at the end of the day.”

The state of the depth chart and his spot on the inactive list for the second half of last season makes it easy to believe that Jones would prefer to be elsewhere, but there’s no pressure for the team to make a move now and the possibility of an injury to another back gives little impetus for them to rush a departure.

6 responses to “Jay Gruden: Matt Jones is on our roster, I expect him back

  1. Matt Jones was clearly a Scot McCloughan guy. Rob Kelley runs into the ground after gaining two yards so whatevs.

  2. Matt Jones has potential. Remember Tiki Barber’s fumbling issues? This guy just needs to learn to hold onto the ball. He’s got the size, speed, power, talent. He needs to be coached up though. If they let him go, someone will pick him up and if they can straighten out his issues, he’ll be real good.

    This is why I get paid millions to scout football players……NOT

  3. I can understand the established guys, the ones who have been paid, taking a pass on the voluntary stuff. But Matt Jones isnt for sure going to make the roster, and if he does he is likely 3rd string and may get 100 carries if he is lucky. He needs to be there or this may be his last year in the NFL.

  4. If they openly told him he’s gone, then why should he attend OTAs where he might get hurt?
    Cut him or trade him or use him.

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