A recent ESPN story claimed that the Dallas Cowboys' front office was considering trading Felix Jones. However, executive vice president Stephen Jones shot down those rumors and said the Cowboys had not discussed trading Jones at all and that the running back would play a large role in the team's offense in 2012.
This is great news because, while Jones is not an every down back, he is an explosive and valuable weapon in the Dallas' offense. Much like Dez Bryant, who can make a big play out of nothing with the touch of a ball, Jones has the burst of speed that can break a huge play as well.
DeMarco Murray is the unquestioned starter in 2012. Anyone that thinks there will be a running back competition between Jones and Murray is fooling themselves. However, Murray needs a second runner to help take the pressure off of him, if for nothing else than to keep him healthy.
Don't think that Murray is injury prone either, despite what you heard about him from his Oklahoma Sooners' days. As a Sooners' fan, I watched Murray play his entire career. His injuries came at inopportune times, normally at the tail end of a season. However, when he had someone else to share the ball with, such as Roy Finch in Murray's senior season, he responded. That was the year he broke numerous OU career milestone records.
Finch at OU is much like Jones at Dallas, a smaller running back with a lot of speed. That is the perfect complement to the taller, stronger Murray. When Murray was tearing things up in Dallas in his rookie year, Jones was injured. As soon as Jones was ready to return, Murray went down with his season ending injury. I can only imagine how these two can co-exist in the offense.
The New York Giants once had their Thunder & Lightning offense with Tiki Barber and Brandon Jacobs. While Jones is no Tiki, Murray is better than Jacobs ever dreamed. If used right, the two could easily be as good as the DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. While I don't think they will both gain 1000 yards, I see Jones being the playmaker with Murray as the best every down running back Dallas has seen since Emmitt Smith.
This is Jones last year under contract with Dallas, so they need to get what they can out of him while he is still around.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad
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