The 2011 season saw rookie running back DeMarco Murray emerge as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting runner in Felix Jones’ absence, as Jones recovered from an injury and, according to the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, this emergence of Murray has put Jones in a place where he has something to prove.
In a recent appearance on the Rich Eisen Podcast, Smith told his hosts that he liked both of the Cowboys’ runners but that after four seasons in the league, which have featured about as many injuries as flashes of on-field brilliance for Jones, he has the potential to do more.
"Then when you look at the running back core, they have two good guys, very good guys,” Smith said, via the Dallas Morning News. “And either one of them can shoulder the load or shoulder the burden at any point and time. Now, do we need Felix Jones to step up? Because we know that DeMarco Murray can make it happen. We need Felix to step up a little bit. That's a true statement.”
Jones had 527 yards and a touchdown on 127 carries in 2011, while appearing in 12 games.
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