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Redskins' Matt Jones changes agent as ex-Armwood star battles for spot

Former Armwood and UF star running back Matt Jones works on the running game during a Redskins practice last month. He appears to have fallen out of favor with the team and faces competition going into his third season.  [Associated Press]
Former Armwood and UF star running back Matt Jones works on the running game during a Redskins practice last month. He appears to have fallen out of favor with the team and faces competition going into his third season. [Associated Press]
Published Jul. 3, 2017

Redskins running back Matt Jones, a former Armwood and UF star who was benched midway through last season but is still under contract, changed agents and is now with Rosenhaus Sports Representation.

The development was tweeted Sunday afternoon by Drew Rosenhaus, among the NFL's more prominent and powerful agents, who included a photo with his arm around the third-year running back and captioned "Welcome to the RSR Family" mattjonesrb.

It's unclear how the change will affect Jones' future with the Redskins, if at all.

Jones's former agent, Hadley Englehard, had asked the Redskins to release his client this offseason, convinced Jones had no future in Washington.

Coach Jay Gruden benched Jones after a 20-17 loss to Detroit, in which he fumbled for the eighth time in his young career while fighting for extra yards just shy of the goal line. He was ruled inactive for the remainder of the season.

Heading into April's draft, the Redskins reportedly shopped Jones for a trade. Getting no offers, they used their fourth-round pick on Oklahoma's Samaje Perine, sending another signal that Jones didn't figure in their plans in 2017.

The team will carry six running backs into training camp this month: Jones, incumbent starter Rob Kelley, Perine, third-down specialist and former FSU standout Chris Thompson, former Gator Mack Brown and rookie Keith Marshall.

The Redskins had high hopes for Jones when they drafted the 6-2, 232-pound prospect from Florida in the third round in 2015. Then-general manager Scot McCloughan loved his size and physicality, likening him to a young Marshawn Lynch.

After a promising start, Jones eventually replaced veteran Alfred Morris as the starting running back. But his performance was spotty, and the ball-security issues continued.

Jones did not attend voluntary team workouts this offseason but took part in the mandatory minicamp in mid June. Speaking to reporters then, Jones explained that he'd skipped the optional workouts on the advice of his (now former) agent, Englehard, but was determined to fight to regain coaches' confidence in a crowded field of Redskins running backs.