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"Quicker" Barber Draws Jerry's Praise

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"Quicker" Barber Draws Jerry's Praise

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IRVING, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball during the game against the Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium November 18, 2007 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Although we've had several hints that the Dallas Cowboys would consider starting Felix Jones over Marion Barber in 2010, nothing is yet set in stone, as evidenced by Jerry Jones's comments on Tuesday afternoon. Jones praised Barber highly, saying that the veteran running back looked as good as ever through the first session of OTAs, which will conclude on Wednesday.

"I know this: He looks quicker," Jones said, per ESPNDallas. "I think that is going to make him even more effective. He's just in great shape. He looks as good out here just in these initial practices as I've seen him look in his career. You could easily go from there and look at what his role might be, and it'd certainly be on par with anything he's done."

Jones had previously stated that the team would consider starting Felix Jones over Barber, but, in true Jerry fashion, remained very noncommittal. Barber's production has slowed since winning the starting job after the 2007 season, and Jerry hinted that the team could return to using Barber as a "closer," the role for which he earned a Pro Bowl appearance in 2007.

That season, Barber was used as a complement to starter Julius Jones.

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On Tuesday, Jones voted in favor of the New York / New Jersey as Super Bowl XLVIII host. After the vote confirmed the location of the 2014 edition of the big game, Jones discussed the controversial decision in cloudy, slightly befuddling tones.

"In particular, it's the Giants and the Jets [and] New York, then I can reconcile that in the fact we may have that Super Bowl decided, really very much the same way in getting there that is is decided," Jones said. "You have to play games in the elements and they [would have] some sleet and snow to do that. I think the fact, we have such a great fan base in New York, new stadium and the kind of effort these teams went to I think its fitting."

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