Former Cowboy Joins the Birds; How Will Felix Jones Contribute?

Felix Jones will no longer be wearing the Star for Dallas but will be part of the Eagles backfield this season.Change has been the theme of the off-season for the Philadelphia Eagles, be it new coaches, new players, new systems, or new practice policies, the 2013 NFL season will have a vastly different feel in 2013.

Announced this week was the singing of former Cowboys’ first round selection, Felix Jones who will complement LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown nicely in Chip Kelly‘s expected run-heavy offense.  Jones signed a one year contract with the Eagles, and is likely to play a role in the Eagles rushing attack, though we do not know what that exact role will be.

Jones is a speed back with good hands and is an excellent route runner, so filling in as a 3rd down RB in passing situations seems like an ideal fit for the former Cowgirl. Coming into his sixth out of Arkansas, Jones will bring needed depth to the special teams units as well as he could fill in on KR duties. In five seasons for the Cowboys, Jones recorded just one TD in 64 attempts as a kick returner, but did record over 1,000 yards receiving to pair with over 2,000 yards on the ground. Jones’ main problem in Dallas was staying healthy, the former Razorback played all 16 games only twice in his five seasons in Dallas.

In his last season in Dallas, Jones tallied 402 yards on 11 carries and added three rushing TD’s. Adding to those totals, Jones caught 25 of the 36 passes thrown to him in 2012, good enough for 262 yards and two TD’s. It was Jones’ versatility and cheap price tag that made him an easy sign for the Eagles’.

Injury concerns aside, Jones could play a somewhat significant role for the Eagles this season, and at the very least will add depth to an already talented backfield. Regardless of how Jones’ role with the Eagles plays out, his presence will go a long way towards making the Eagles’ rushing attack one of the best in football.  

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Benjamin Haley

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