The Indianapolis Colts announced on Tuesday that the team has re-signed running back Matt Jones to their practice squad, while waiving outside linebacker Garrett Sickels from their 10-man taxi squad in a corresponding roster move.
It marks a whirlwind of change for Jones, who was claimed off of waivers from the Washington Redskins a little over a week ago, only to be waived by the Colts this past weekend due to the team’s dire need for offensive line depth.
The 24 year old running back is coming off a season for the Redskins, in which he had 99 carries for 460 rushing yards (4.6 ypc) and 3 touchdowns in 7 starts. However, because of ball security issues (i.e. 3 fumbles), Jones was benched in favor of backup running back Rob Kelley around midseason of last year and never regained his start job back–having fallen out of favor with the Redskins’ coaching staff.
If Colts running backs coach Jemal Singleton can work on Jones’ ball security issues, he’s simply huge at 6’2″, 239 pounds, and prior to his benching this past season, he was one of the most physical running backs in all of football–featuring a bruising, ‘smash mouth’ style:
Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones will not be at OTAs.
Through Week 7 of the 2016 season, he was one of the NFL's most physical RBs. pic.twitter.com/k944SAy7JZ
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 24, 2017
If nothing else, he’s worth a flyer on the Colts practice squad, as the former 2015 3rd round pick of the Redskins has shown enough potential and production as a young running back to warrant stashing away.
Unfortunately, it comes at a cost, as the Colts released outside linebacker Garrett Sickels from the team’s practice squad, who the team initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Penn State.
The 6’4″, 252 pound outside linebacker showed some promise as a pass rusher in training camp, as a former 2nd-Team All Big Ten selection with the Nittany Lions. He recorded 5 tackles in the Colts four preseason games.
Sickels was part of the team’s final 53-man roster cuts, but was later re-signed to the Colts practice squad before his subsequent release on Tuesday.
It’s worth noting that the Colts also made another move on their practice squad as the team signed 6’6″, 310 pound offensive tackle Tyreek Burwell, who appeared in 16 games for the San Diego Chargers over the past two seasons.
The 25 year old appeared in 2 preseason games (1 start) for his former franchise, but was a part of the team’s final 53-man roster cuts before being signed to the Colts practice squad on Monday.