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Report: Redskins trying to find trade partner for RB Matt Jones

(Shelby Lum/Times-Dispatch)

The Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones in on the trading block, as the team is shopping the third-year rusher, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Jones, 24, had 794 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns during his 2015 rookie campaign, but had trouble staying on field last season due to injuries, rushing for 440 yards and three scores in seven games.

Jones, a third-round selection out of Florida in 2015, has also had fumbling issues. He’s let eight footballs hit the turf in 20 career appearances. He’s likely No. 4 on the team’s depth chart, behind Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown. The Redskins also have Keith Marshall.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden had praise for Kelley in a March interview, but seemed to skip over acknowledging Jones’ skills.

“Oh, man, I love Rob Kelley,” Gruden told CSN Mid Atlantic. “I thought he played great. You throw a rookie free agent into the fire like that and see him play and compete. Not one time did I feel like it was too big for him. Not once. That’s a hell of a thing to say for a kid out of Tulane who only had a couple of carries his senior year. He came right in, he competes on every play.”

Jones was a healthy scratch in eight consecutive Redskins games to end the 2016 season. He is signed through 2018.

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