Running back Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes past defensive end Mario Williams #90 of Houston Texans on September 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.
For quite some time now, I and others here on Blue Star have echoed the feelings of Cowboys fans everywhere.
If you believe what owner/GM Jerry Jones said on the Cowboys official website on Tuesday, you're all going to be pretty happy come Sunday.
“Everyone is in unanimous agreement with the staff, scouts, everybody involved that Felix needs to touch the ball more," Jones said. "He’s just too much of a threat and that was our intention in preseason coming out, no matter whether he’s certainly getting a chance in the running game but the passing game as well. I really look for you to see a lot more of Felix Jones."/p>
Well, there you have it. If Jerry says it, it's usually true. Of course, Wade Phillips agreed with Jones' prediction. That's what Wade does!
Now, let's look a little deeper into this sudden thought that Felix is going to get more work starting Sunday against a stout Titans defense.
First of all, the talk of the league the past couple of weeks has been how the Titans defense plays dirty and hits after the whistle.
That is something to think about considering Felix's injury history which shows he's been hurt and missed games every year of his career, all of that with limited work. But, Felix did put on 20 pounds in the offseason in order to prepare himself to be the featured back but some folks speculate it also took the burst that made him such a dangerous weapon. At 220 pounds, he's now one of the heaviest running backs in football. Pretty crazy thought right there.
Second, the timing of this announcement, by none other than Jerry, is a bit coincidental.
If you don't remember, Felix was taken two picks ahead of Titans running back Chris Johnson in the 2008 draft. Of course, Johnson rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season and is arguably the best running back in the NFL.
We all know how big Jerry's ego is, and which week would be better to show he made the right choice than for Felix to go off against Johnson's Titans.
Unfortunately, I think Jerry bombed in the draft. Felix will never be Chris Johnson, but Sunday could be the start of something wonderful if the Cowboys and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett can find a good mix of work for Felix and utilize the most explosive offensive player on the team on a greater scale — like more than seven times a game.
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