Redskins sign Jones

The Redskins addressed another need today. But whether or not Rod Jones actually helps won't be answered for another several months. After all, he's only started about half the games of his NFL career.

Still, the Redskins like Jones' versatility. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Jones also can back up at either tackle position.

''He's competitive and extremely athletic,'' Redskins vice president of football operations Joe Mendes told The Journal Newspapers. ''He can pass protect and he has the size to be a physical run blocker.''

Where Jones will play is uncertain. The Redskins need experience at both guard positions. Alex Sulfsted and Ross Tucker, neither of whom has played in an NFL game, worked with the first unit at last week's minicamp.

The Redskins like both players, but want to see them in game action before entrusting them with the starting jobs.

Jones made one start for St. Louis last season, but has started 38 of 62 career games. He also played tackle during the playoffs this past season.

Jones has played tackle throughout most of his career. He entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice from Kansas in 1996.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers.

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