The problem with the running game might not be the ball carriers. There were not many openings for the running backs against the Falcons and it’s hard for the best of backs to gain much yardage without blocking.
Matt Jones is still the starter and he has said all of the right things and he has looked pretty good in practice.
“We’re going to keep working on it,” said head coach Jay Gruden. “We’re not going to panic in the first preseason game but we also understand that in these games you are who you are and what you put on tape. We’ve got to make sure that we continue to work on it and get better at it. That’s all you can do.”
Jones appears to be the clear starter but the team doesn't appear to be over it's rushing struggles. Right now, Christ Thompson is the backup to Jones but the story said Thompson admitted he's better off as a third down back, which means the team could possible bring in Pierre Thomas once again. Some of the younger backs looked good against second and third teamers, but that may not translate against first team defenses once the season starts. This is something we've been hearing since the spring: the Skins may have to take to the air more often than they would like again in 2016.