The Eagles will sign free agent running back Matt Jones, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Jones worked out alongside two other running backs on Tuesday and won the competition. The Eagles have confirmed the news while disclosing that it is a two-year deal.
Jones, a former third-round pick of the Redskins, was Washington’s lead rusher for a time and showed promise in short bursts. However, he slipped down the depth chart over time and was jettisoned from the roster last year. The 25-year-old moved between the Colts’ active roster and practice squad last year but averaged less than three yards per carry in his limited time with the varsity squad.
Jones will now fight to make the cut with the defending champs. The Eagles will head into the season with Jay Ajayi as their primary ball carrier while Corey Clement, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, D.J. Pumphrey, and Jones vie for supporting roles.
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