The Redskins’ intentions with Jones became clear by the end of the draft. They want him to be the lead back and are confident he’ll jump into the starting role and be just fine.
OC Sean McVay believes with a full offseason under his belt Jones will be able to right the fumbling issues, though.
“We know that he had some growing pains, but I think, when you look at the things that he was able to do both in the run game, and in the pass game, he’s got the skills and the traits that you’re looking for in that every down [running] back, where he can put his foot in the ground,” McVay said. “He’s a violent finisher. I think he’s a little bit more sudden than people give him credit for.”
Jones started his rookie season with a bang, posting 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams in Week 2, but ultimately generated just 3.40 yards per carry on 144 totes. He made a number of big plays in the passing game (16.0 yards per catch), finishing with 794 yards and four touchdowns. With Alfred Morris gone, Jones has a great opportunity to seize the RB1 job.