Matt Jones reported to the Redskins’ mandatory minicamp this week despite uncertainty surrounding his position with the team. With him essentially buried on the depth chart at running back behind Robert Kelley, Chris Thompson, and rookie Samaje Perine, Jones’ agent wants the Redskins to release his client now rather than prolonging the eventual breakup.
Hadley Engelhard told Stephen Wyno of the Associated Press Wednesday morning that he ”asked very politely” for him to be released because ”he has no future there.”
“Let’s move on,” Engelhard added. “We’re hoping Bruce [Allen] sees the light and does the gentleman thing and release Matt.”
Jones skipped OTAs earlier this month because he was reportedly told by coaches he was no longer part of the team’s plan.
Jones came into the 2016 season penned in as the starting running back, as the team moved on from Alfred Morris after four seasons. Jones would eventually lose his job to Kelley, an undrafted rookie, by mid-season due to fumbles issues. With his struggles peaking, Jones was inactive for the final nine games of the season last year.
The Redskins are clearly moving on from Jones, who they selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The question to why they are prolonging the eventual dismal by not releasing him is logistics. The team is stacked on the depth chart with the three ahead of him as well as Mack Brown. But with training camp approaching, teams endure injuries, and Jones still can be an effective running back minus the fumbles.
However, the longer this drags on, the more difficult the divorce may become between the Redskins and Matt Jones.