What Exactly Do the Cowboys Have in Running Back Felix Jones?

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Is Felix Jones the man? Or just the man until DeMarco Murray becomes the man?

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said this week on his weekly radio show that he considers the fourth-year running back one of the keys to Dallas' season.

"I expect Felix to have a really good season," Jones said. "And if Felix is really good then we'll be really good."

Coming off a 6-10 season that got the head coach fired, "really good" is relative. But as the Cowboys practice with the Chargers this morning at Valley Ranch in preparations for Sunday's pre-season game, for now the Cowboys' featured back is Jones.

Difficult to decipher at this point whether that's an asset or a liability.

Sometimes Jones appears to be mediocre, a back who has trouble making defenders miss and who is a hamstring just waiting to pop. And other times he flashes elite speed and eye-popping production.

Head coach Jason Garrett learned a lot of his football from Norv Turner when the Chargers' coach was Dallas' offensive coordinator. Turner is not a fan of back-by-committee, rather finding a good horse and riding him. Of course that's easy to do when you're blessed with Emmitt Smith.

But I expect Garrett to fully exhaust Jones' talents this season. Especially with Tashard Choice and Murray, the rookie from OU, sidelined all of training camp with injuries. I don't think 20 carries is out of the question, nor is 25 touches per game.

And, considering his production, that's not a bad thing. Granted, it exposes Jones to another injury. But check it:

In 2010 Jones turned 185 carries and 48 catches into 1,250 yards. That's 233 touches at an average of 5.3 yards.

Of course 17 runners topped 1,000 last year -- led by Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles -- and Jones had the fewest touchdowns (1) among the NFL's Top 50 backs, but the guy has big-play ability and big-time potential production.

Compared to his 5.3 per touch, Michael Turner had 4.2, Adrian Peterson 5.1, Maurice Jones-Drew 4.9 and Chris Johnson 4.7. Charles was a whopping 7.0 and Foster 5.6.

Maybe it's too much Cowboys' Kool-Aid in the August heat, but I think more Jones is a good thing for Dallas' offense this season.


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23 comments
Redleather
Redleather

Where good reasons initiate. A cat runs handle platoon snap. Now kindly bellow! Door the day when the gold snaps the field burst ýour chords we for the decades no a suffering then say from here.

Just Me
Just Me

He gained too much weight before last season which made him slower and less explosive.  Hopefully, he had an anorexic off-season this year.

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

What is Felix Jones? He is what he is. Why doesn't anyone believe what their eyes tell them about the guy? He's inconsistent, injury-prone and unreliable, even if he shows flashes of greatness. He's David Buehler at RB.

Mishon
Mishon

Are you sick RW?

You mentioned JJ's weekly radio show, but failed to mention that it was on your station! What's wrong?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

If he's the man, why do you say they'll have 5 RBs on the final roster?

Felix has questionable field vision, durability, and the offensive line is untested in this year's form. Dude could step up and be awesome, or he could be meh, pop his quad, and they're screwed. This team is as deep as a Bravo reality show--that's concerning.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

If he stays healthy then Felix is dang good, but that's like saying when RW wants to write hard..he's pretty good.  If you give Felix 20-25 carries a game, I'll betya he won't make it through 5 games.  Methinks he's more of a 3rd down back, Boys still need a 1st and 2nd down back.  Demarco makes Felix look like Cal Ripken.

Tone's Taint
Tone's Taint

go get your own blog, this place is spare enough without you here. 

Armen's Anus
Armen's Anus

Wtf, thats terrible.  The only thing shittier than that is me

Easy Bake
Easy Bake

I can say, from personal experience, that one of the advantages of incarceration is that you are required to attend the treatment sessions for the necessary duration.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Hopefully someone who works only for the Observer higher than him realized CBS Radio isn't paying for ads here.

Tone's Taint
Tone's Taint

My best redleather impersonation

If he is who, and why they'll be 5 RBS about the final roster?  Felix, a suspected field vision and has the durability and offensive line will be proposed this year in the form. Friends and the best day of preparation, or meh number, a pop-up his quads, and they can're screwed. It's about the - this team is deep syocheoreom Bravo reality.

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

True dat. If the O-line can make some holes, he'll do pretty well. But that can be said of ANY back.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I think me mentioned yesterday on RAGE!!! that Jerry said they're only carrying 3 backs. I'm not sure why he didn't include that here, probably so he can blog about it and kill 1 bird with two stones.

Mishon
Mishon

You always have the best analogies.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Holy S. There's an Aggie jerkoff session going on in RW's article for the Observer. Well, I guess it doesn't take a bunch of regs to kick him in the nuts for 24+ hours straight. I somehow feel vindicated in my nut kicking and nit picking.http://www.dallasobserver.com/... 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Gagreed on the durability of both of these guys.Demarco missed a few games in colegio with injuries, I'd be shocked if he made it through this season without sitting out a game. I mean, we're almost to preseason game #2, has he even put his pads on yet?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

yeah, I dont think one regular commenter has nut kicked in that thread and thats 244 comments in. Though I see that Sybs Beav made an appearance

Mishon
Mishon

My favorite line from the TexasAgs site...

Apparently Kiefer Sutherland ate Pat Green and shat out richie witt

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