After being drafted with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2008 draft and giving the Cowboys 4 seasons of underachieving, Felix Jones has fallen short once again. It was reported that Jones, along with a few other players, failed his conditioning test when training camp opened. It was 2 sets of 10 60 yard sprints that required a time of less than 8 seconds to pass, no small feat by any means, but a test a player of his position and stature should be prepared to pass coming into camp.
So what do we make of this? Is this the end of Felix Jones? Probably not for this season, but Jones has already had a number of red flags up coming into camp this season. Now, after Dallas gave him the keys to the car last season as the prime running back, only to see him respond with another year of lingering injuries and lackluster performances that have plagued his pro career, he has given the team and fans another reason to want to move on. Jones has always been known as a speed back, but his ability to avoid injury and take the amount of punishment necessary for the position has left little else for anyone to expect from him at this juncture.
After the coaches had seen what a higher caliber talent like DeMarco Murray could do in their offense, there is little doubt that Felix would serve as much more than a backup to Murray this season. The Cowboys coaches have said that they will have Felix returning punts more this season, which is probably a much better use of Jones, who was an All-American returner while at the University of Arkansas. The move would also keep Dallas from using Dez Bryant in the return game as much, where he has gotten dinged up before. So even with some calling to move on from Felix, there is value left as long as he gets himself into shape.
It my be important to note that Felix was recovering from a shoulder injury over the summer, though that hardly calls for a lack of conditioning centered around sprints. While a failed conditioning test only means that Jones will have to work with a trainer before he is given another attempt to pass, where most are able to pass the second time around, it makes many of us question the work ethic of another running back taken by the Cowboys in an attempt to fill the void left at the running back position since Emmit Smith retired.
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Written by David Willow
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