Running back Matt Jones lost his starting job last year, and now he’s lost his roster spot. Washington released him during final roster cuts, making the 24-year-old a free agent in just his third season.
Jones was a third-round pick out of Florida in the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent most of his rookie season splitting time with Alfred Morris, taking 144 carries for 490 yards. Jones averaged a poor 3.4 yards per carry and ball security was a huge concern — he committed five fumbles and lost four. It was an uneven performance, but with Morris leaving in free agency, Jones was set up to take over as the new starter.
In 2016, Jones’ stats were slightly better efficiency-wise — 99 carries, 460 yards, 4.6 yards per attempt — but his fumbling problems persisted and head coach Jay Gruden eventually pulled the plug midway through. Rookie Rob Kelley became the new starter, with Chris Thompson established as a pass catcher.
The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell after a phenomenal season in which he recorded 1,884 yards from scrimmage despite missing three games to suspension and sitting in Week 17. The two sides went all the way to the July 17 deadline trying to negotiate a long-term contract, but nothing came to fruition and Bell started his holdout as a result. Since he wasn’t under contract, he didn’t incur any Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys fines for skipping training camp.
Bell has been adamant about his desire to Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys reset the market for running backs, wanting to be paid as both a No. 1 back and No. 2 receiver thanks to his contributions in the passing game.