RB Matt Jones - Washington Redskins
|6-2, 231||Born: 11-17-1992||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 3|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 7 vs DET (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Matt Jones was essentially benched for having his fumbling issues arise again. He only had ten carries on the day and wasn't very productive with those opportunities. His longest run went for seven yards and most of his other runs were being stuffed before he could get to the 2nd level of the defense. The running game has been hot the last few weeks but it was tough sledding for Matt in this game as the fumbling, benching, and slow start threw him off his game.
2016 Week 6 vs PHI (16 / 135 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Matt Jones had his biggest game of the year and it came when they needed him dearly. The Eagles defense harassed Kirk all day and the run game came up huge to alleviate some of the pressure the passing game was under. Matt found chunk yardage on more than five plays having runs of ten plus yards. Matt's sixteen carries totaled one hundred and thirty-five yards but probably deserved even more opportunities. Matt had a huge forty yard run in the third quarter than set up a field goal. It was vital considering the fact that Washington seemed to be losing momentum. The his biggest run of the day came late in the fourth quarter when he bounced off the left side of the line to find daylight towards a fifty seven yard run that sealed the game. Matt's burst through the hole has been impressive over the last couple of weeks and he should be more of a focal point in this offense.
2016 Week 5 vs BAL (14 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Matt Jones wasn't nearly as effective in this game as he has been the last two weeks. He had sixteen touches (including two catches) that didn't amount to much yardage for Washington. Matt was facing a stout front seven in the Ravens that didn't allow him much room to operate. He also lost a fumble but Matt is typically protects the football. The Ravens knew it would be tough to consistently make plays in the passing game as well due to the windy conditions. Therefore, it was easier to focus on stopping the run game. Extra attention was given to Matt Jones for this game considering how well he has been running. Now that teams know Washington can make plays in the run game it will be tougher to establish the run.
2016 Week 4 vs CLE (22 / 117 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Matt Jones had a second consecutive productive game as Washington has used him more in the offense. It should also be noted that they weren't facing a large deficit during this game which can erase Matt at times. He had twenty-two carries on the day and went over one hundred yards for the first time this season. His longest carry went for twenty five yards and this game marked only the third time this season he has had a carry go for over ten yards (which shows how anemic the run game has been for Washington). Matt's highlight of the day was Washington using him as a closer in the fourth quarter where he dominated the touches offensively. It was punctuated by a late fourth quarter touchdown on the goal line. It was encouraging to see Washington utilize Matt especially in the fourth quarter and on the goal line. If they can keep him involved with a solid volume of touches Matt has proven he can be effective. He isn't the most explosive running back but receiving a healthy dose of work running the ball is when he gets it going.
2016 Week 3 vs NYG (17 / 65 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Matt Jones had another productive game when getting a healthy volume of touches. Matt's seventeen carries were the most work he has had this season and it payed off big in the fourth quarter. Washington used the running game to burn the clock and Matt ran strong to help close the game out. He didn't have touchdown on the day but he demonstrated that when given opportunity he can be effective. He didn't have any explosive runs but the tough yards late in the fourth quarter showed signs of a team that may be able to run the football more than they have to start the year. They have to stay out of big deficits if Matt is going to be a factor.
2016 Week 2 vs DAL (13 / 61 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Matt Jones had one of his more productive outings as he faced a fairly thin Dallas front seven. Matt followed solid blocking to gain yards that were given but could have had more if he had homerun hitting ability. His workload was still relatively light as he only had thirteen carries but he made the most of them by also scoring his first touchdown of the year. The touchdown came on his longest gain of the day coming from fourteen yards out. Matt isn't involved in the passing game so this might be his ceiling for games where Washington can establish the run.
2016 Week 1 vs PIT (7 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Matt Jones had a very quiet night as he only tallied seven carries. The game script didn't allow Washington to establish him in the run game as Pittsburgh piled on a double digit lead. The minimal opportunities Matt had were also ineffective because of the Steelers stout run defense. However, it was a bit concerning to see the 3rd down running back Chris Thompson used on the goal line in this game as he took the lone carry their in for a touchdown. It was most likely to make sure they don't look too predictable to the defense as Matt isn't a threat in the passing game.
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