Matt Jones (born March 7, 1993) is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

 

 

Early years

Jones attended Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida. He helped lead Armwood to a 15-0 record and the FHSAA Class 6A Championship and #2 national ranking his senior year while rushing for 896 yards and 10 touchdowns despite missing four games and also hauling in nine catches for 197 yards and three more scores. He earned an Honorable Mention All-State honors. He also competed in track & field at Armwood.

Jones was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and was ranked as the 15th best running back in his class.[4] He committed to the University of Florida to play college football.[5][6]

College career

Jones appeared in 12 games as a true freshman in 2012. He rushed for 275 yards on 52 carries with three touchdowns.[7] As a sophomore in 2013, Jones played in only five games due to a torn meniscus.[8] He finished the year with 339 yards on 79 carries with two touchdowns.[9] He returned from the injury for his junior season in 2014.[10]

Jones entered the 2015 NFL Draft, after his junior season.[11][12]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40‑yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20‑ss3‑coneVert jumpBroadBP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
231 lb
(105 kg)
4.61 s1.55 s2.65 s4.20 s6.84 s31 12 in
(0.80 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day[4]

Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins selected Jones with the 95th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.[4] He signed a four-year contract on May 11, 2015.[4] On September 20, 2015, against the St. Louis Rams, Jones ran 39 yards for a touchdown, which was his longest run from scrimmage.[4][17] Jones would run for a career-high 123 yards and a career-high 2 touchdowns.[4] On November 15, 2015, against the New Orleans Saints, Jones caught a pass and ran 78 yards for a touchdown, which was his 1st career receiving touchdown.[17][4] He would finish with a career-high 131 receiving yards.[4] On November 29, 2015, against the New York Giants, Jones caught a pass and ran for 45 yards.[17][4][4]

He began the season cemented as the starting running back after Alfred Morris left via free agency in the 2016 offseason. Jones suffered a knee injury on October 23, 2016, during a 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions. He was replaced by rookie Robert Kelley for the following game and officially lost his starting position after Kelley performed well in Jones' absence. The following week, he was relegated to the third-string behind Kelley and Chris Thompson.[5] On September 2, 2017, Jones was waived by the team.[5]

Indianapolis Colts

Jones was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts on September 3, 2017, but released less than a week later.[5] He was waived on September 9, 2017 and was re-signed to the practice squad.[5][5] He was promoted to the active roster on September 22, 2017.[5] He was waived by the Colts on December 2, 2017, but re-signed two days later.[5][5]