Redskins RB Matt Jones: 'I will put some pressure on Alfred'

BY foxsports • June 18, 2015

For third-round rookie running back Matt Jones, earning a starting job in his first season is not out of the cards. The confident back believes that if he continues to show progress, he will put pressure on the coaches to insert him into the starting lineup as the Washington Redskins' lead running back.

“I’m just grinding every day to be the starter,” Jones said, per the Washington Post. “I will put some pressure on Alfred [Morris].”

Redskins strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark spoke glowingly of Jones after the Redskins' mini-camp practice on Wednesday.

“He’s been really impressive,” Clark said, per the Washington Post. “I would expect great things from him.”

Jones faces an uphill battle to unseat entrenched starter, Mr. Morris, but keep in mind that Morris was a holdover from the Mike Shanahan era. Current head coach Jay Gruden may be less inclined to roll with the veteran. Jones' fastest path to playing time is to earn the team's third-down/passing-down role. In 2014, Morris saw 616 of 1,095 total offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. That leaves a lot of snaps for someone like Jones to take over. He will continue to do battle throughout camp with running backs Silas Redd and Chris Thompson.

(h/t Washington Post)

Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports

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