Yes, we get it. The Redskins can't run the ball. What's your point?
Alrighty. Well, this week the question isn't so much can they run the ball, but who will carry the ball.
Matt Jones remains the best option thanks to his speed/power combination, yet his consistent fumbling must have the coaching stuff frustrated. Sunday's lost fumble was his fourth this season. One of them came in the Week 32-21 loss in New York just before Jones crossed the goal line during Washington's late-game rally.
"He’s a talented kid, man," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Monday of Jones. "Like I said, a lot of them -- I think like three of them -- were non-contact fumbles. He’s trying to gain the extra yard, stick the ball out. Yesterday he was hurdling the pile and it just barely got poked out. I think it’s just a matter of him continuing to focus more on the ball pre-contact, also when there is contact."
With Alfred Morris (rib) potentially unavailable this coming Sunday and with the shifty yet slight Chris Thompson not built for bell cow duties, the Redskins don't have much choice but to stick with Jones especially with suspect blocking from the middle of the offensive line. For the future of this roster, that's fine. Sure, Washington moves into a first place tie with a win Sunday. That shoudn't be ignored.
However, a victory still only puts the Redskins at 5-6. In the NFC East, that might be good enough for first place. Overall, Washington isn't truly a contender. That is why it's important to gauge the current talent whether talking about quarterback Kirk Cousins, or the rookie Jones, who is also a pass receiving threat. General manager Scot McCloughan will have a needs list next offseason. If Jones straightens out this fumbling and keeps on running over would-be tacklers, running back won't be high on GMSM's list.
The wild card this week? Newly added RB Christine Michael, who flamed out in Dallas and Seattle. However, the power back was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft when McCloughan worked there. If Morris can't go Sunday, Michael could be elevated from the practice squad. If Jones fumbles again, the Redskins could give Michael some love or at least a little work.
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