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The Philadelphia Eagles are signing free agent running back Matt Jones, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. UPDATE: The Eagles officially confirm it’s a two-year deal.

RapSheet notes the Eagles worked out three running backs on Thursday but Jones beat out his competition. Former Ravens rusher Terrance West was reportedly one of other two players.

Jones, who turned 25 earlier this year, was originally selected by Washington at pick No. 95 overall in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

In two seasons with the Redskins, Jones rushed 243 times for 950 yards (3.9 average) and six touchdowns. He also logged 27 receptions for 377 yards and one receiving score.

Funny enough, the best game of Jones’ career came against the Eagles in 2016 when he rushed for 135 yards and one touchdown on a mere 16 attempts (8.4 average).

Washington moved on from Jones by cutting him last summer. His ball security was an issue given that he fumbled eight times in a mere 20 games played.

After being cut, Jones was claimed on waivers by Indianapolis. He bounced on and off the Colts’ roster in 2017 and only managed to log five carries for 14 yards last season.

Jones clearly hasn’t been very good to this point in his career. It’s not like the Eagles are counting on him to be a key player for them, though. Philadelphia is already mostly set in the backfield with Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, and Corey Clement as locks to make the roster and see playing time.

Jones joins Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood, and Donnel Pumphrey as players potentially competing for a fourth running back spot. Unlike some of the other smaller rushers competing for the job, Jones brings size to the table. He measures in at 6-2, 231 pounds.

Another thing of note that is that Jones attended Howie Roseman’s alma mater, Florida University. #GatorBias strikes again! (Much better than #DuckBias, though.)

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Which Eagles player will win the battle for the fourth running back spot?

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  • 47%
    Josh Adams
    (2153 votes)
  • 18%
    Wendell Smallwood
    (819 votes)
  • 18%
    Donnel Pumphrey
    (820 votes)
  • 16%
    Matt Jones
    (734 votes)
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