Following an eventful day on Saturday trimming the roster down, the Indianapolis Colts have now claimed five players off of waivers. The most intriguing player is Matt Jones, who previously played running back for the Washington Redskins last season.
Jones was selected in the third round of the 2015 draft. He has rushed for 950 yards, and 6 touchdowns in 20 games with the Redskins. After having issues with protecting the football, Jones fell on the Redskins depth chart, and was granted his release yesterday.
With this signing the Colts are adding a bruiser at running back to an already crowded backfield. Frank Gore, Robert Turbin, and Marlon Mack all have unique skillsets that they can add to the offense. If Jones can clean up his turnover issues, then he can be a serious threat at taking Robert Turbin’s job in short yardage situations this season.
The Colts are taking a low risk - high reward gamble on Jones. He has the potential to become the team’s starting back for years to come, and if he doesn’t work out he can be released without much penalty. One thing is clear however, the team appears to be building for a more balanced approach as quarterback Andrew Luck is on the mend, and the signing of Matt Jones only furthers that notion.