Is Felix Jones down to his last life in the NFL? Are the Steelers really worried about Le’Veon Bell’s long-term health?
These are the questions we're asking Friday after the Steelers and Eagles made a trade, sending Jones from the Eagles to Pittsburgh for outside linebacker Adrian Robinson, the teams announced.
For Jones, it’s probably the best situation because it was clear in the preseason that he was not getting a great look with the Fighting Chip Kellies and probably would be cut soon. Jones had been running fourth on the depth chart (behind undrafted Chris Polk) after the former Cowboys first-rounder had signed with the Eagles in May, looking to revive his once-promising career.
For the Steelers, it’s another healthy body to add to the roster at a position that suffered a serious blow with the mid-foot sprain of rookie Bell. It’s clear the Steelers were expecting a lot from Bell, who won’t need surgery but could be out at least six weeks.
Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer move into the driver’s seat and shotgun, respectively, with Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling sitting in the back of the car for now, vying for a third-down role. Jones also has experience returning kickoffs, which is nice.
But he has not made much of an impact recently and is no guarantee to make the Steelers’ roster. This could be one of his last shots to stick around in this league.
Meanwhile, Robinson is an undersized rusher who has experience playing outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense the Eagles are trying to run and at a position where they are thin. Plus, he played at Temple, so it’s a chance for him to make the local NFL team.