Matt Jones, the Redskins’ third round selection, hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet. But he’s already drawing comparisons to one of the game’s best running backs: Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch.
Yes, the same Marshawn Lynch that has appeared five Pro Bowls, back-to-back Super Bowls and rushed 1,200 or more yards in each of the past four seasons.
“Matt Jones reminds me a lot—a lot—of Marshawn from the standpoint that he’s north-south, he’s downhill and he’s not afraid of contact,” Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan said this week on ESPN 980.
Sure, it’s probably a stretch at this point. Jones was taken 95th last week; Lynch went 12th in 2007. But it should also be noted that McCloughan is very familiar with Lynch’s physicality. He was the Seahawks’ senior personnel executive when Lynch was dealt to Seattle from Buffalo during the 2010 season. So, if anyone is qualified to make such a comparison, it’s McCloughan.
“He’s going to hit you and he’s going to keep hitting you until you get tired of tackling him,” McCloughan added, referring to Jones’ lower-the-shoulder and bowl-you-over running style.
Jones, who is listed at 6 foot 2, 231-pounds, is expected to be a complement to Alfred Morris next season as the Redskins transition to a more physical run game under new offensive line coach Bill Callahan.
“It’s very important for our offense to be able to run the football,” McCloughan said. “Jay [Gruden] is on board. Bill Callahan is on board. We need to dominate the line of scrimmage, and the fact that [Jones is] going to come in—same with Alfred [Morris]—and he’s gonna hit you and keep hitting you, it’s a good one-two punch, for sure.”