Besides the quarterback, the player on offense under the most pressure to perform this year will be Matt Jones. The team let Alfred Morris walk in free agency and they waited until the seventh round to draft his replacement. And at this point the often injured, lightly used Keith Marshall isn’t even a sure bet to make the team. Jones will need to stay healthy while averaging 15-20 carries per game, add about a yard to the 3.4 per carry average he posted last year, and make fumbles very rare occurrences.
Jones had a few moments as a rookie, but they were mostly in the passing game, where he averaged 16.0 yards per catch on 19 receptions. As a runner, he averaged 3.4 YPC on 144 totes. It appears that he'll be the primary running back, though Chris Thompson led the Washington running backs with 35 receptions last season and may form a committee by taking over most of the third-down work.
Morris, 27, rushed for a franchise-record 1,613 yards as the Redskins captured the NFC East title in 2012. He benefited from the zone read option, but also excelled out of any look in the Redskins' outside zone system.
This past season, Morris finished with 806 yards overall and one touchdown. He averaged career lows in yards per carry (3.7) and yards after contact (1.45).
On the outs in Washington, Morris's career may be on the upswing as he lands with a team who not only wants him, but also has one of the best offensive lines in football. His arrival puts a big dent in Darren McFadden's upside as the duo will probably form a timeshare as long as both players stay productive. Morris may hold more value in standard formats while McFadden will compete with Lance Dunbar to serve as the team's primary back on passing downs.
Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:38pm
Redskins RB Matt Jones (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 18. Jones has a chance to play but it’s no sure thing. HC Jay Gruden said he’s “not very encouraged” by his status. Alfred Morris would be a Sneaky Start if Jones can’t play.
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6:15pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 6:16pm
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Redskins RB Matt Jones (hip, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 17. Jones suffered a setback this week, so Alfred Morris figures to get most of the carries unless the team decides to rest him as well.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Redskins RB Matt Jones (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Washington is locked into its playoff position, so Jones may not play in Week 17. Alfred Morris figures to get most of the carries unless the team decides to rest him as well.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Redskins RB Matt Jones (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. He and Alfred Morris have a nice matchup against the Eagles. If Jones is out, Morris will become a Sneaky Start.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Redskins RB Matt Jones (hip) took limited practice reps again Thursday. This is a new injury for Jones, so we’ll monitor his progress this week. He and Alfred Morris have a nice matchup against the Eagles.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
Redskins RB Matt Jones (hip) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is a new injury for Jones, so we’ll monitor his progress this week. He and Alfred Morris have a nice matchup against the Eagles.
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Monday, November 23, 2015, 4:57pm
Redskins RB Alfred Morris left the game in the first quarter after aggravating a rib injury suffered the week before. He's considered day-to-day. He didn’t return to action and concluded the day with just two carries for zero yards. Matt Jones and Chris Thompson shared tailback duties in place of Morris, but they combined for only 10 yards on nine carries.
Skins RB Alfred Morris aggravated his rib injury and finished with only two attempts.
The Skins rushed for just 14 yards on 12 carries. For much of the second half, Washington had more penalties than rushing yards and the team was in danger of setting a new franchise low in rushing futility - which was 10 yards set back in 1994. Matt Jones may see a bigger workload next week if Morris is unable to get back on the field for an early afternoon game against the Giants.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
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