Cowboys’ running back Felix Jones, in accordance with the wishes of owner and general manager Jerry Jones, handled the ball more times on Sunday than he ever has before--a career-high 19 touches (15 runs, 4 receptions)--and performed well. Jones posted 116 all-purpose yards (109 rushing), and averaged 7.3 yards per carry.
Presumably based on the success of the experiment, head coach Wade Phillips said this week that the team would look to get Jones involved even more in the future--but that, curiously enough, he would not be named the starter just yet.
At any rate, whether the team names Jones the starter seems unimportant, if they continue on this path. Barber had only six carries on Sunday, and, if the team wants to see still more of Jones--and they do--this number could shrink further.
“We need to get Felix the ball more,” Phillips said, per ESPN Dallas. “We did that, and I thought it showed up well. We'll continue to evaluate what we need, but I thought it helped our running game.”
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