Chris Thompson had 39 snaps while Jones played 26 snaps in the game. Morris had six carries for 19 yards with his last rush occurring with 6 minutes 54 seconds left in the third quarter. Gruden said Morris’s snaps were limited due to the substitution pattern with Jones and the lack of possessions in the second half playing from behind.
“It was nothing against Alfred, it was just it was Matt Jones’s turn on a couple of those reps and we gave him some carries,” Jay Gruden said. “We intend on splitting the reps up pretty good. Alfred should be the lead dog though. It just didn’t work out that way.”
Jones led the team in carries for a second straight game. He had 11 rushes for 38 yards, but Gruden said Morris should remain as the lead back. Thompson was also a favorite of the coaching staff going back to camp last season when some beat writers thought Roy Helu would lose the job to Thompson. But Thompson got hurt allowing Helu to remain with the team. It will be hard to trust Morris as the solid RB2 he once used to be. He may get the start but it's clear the team is using some other options and are high on both Jones and Thompson.