Felix Jones might get another chance, this time with the Eagles
Jones remained largely overlooked during the early stage of free agency, working out for only the Cincinnati Bengals. However, his chances with the Cincinnati Bengals faded as the offseason progressed since the team re-signed fifth-year running back Bernard Scott, and drafted Giovani Bernard and Rex Burkheadd at the position.
Jones played the past five seasons in Dallas as a versatile running back, although he fizzled out after initially emerging as an explosive playmaker. He at times showed a spark but mostly Jones has proven a disappointment after being drafted 22nd overall in the 2008 NFL draft. Over his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys, Jones rushed for 2,728 yards as well as 11 touchdowns on 569 carries, while catching 127 passes for 1,062 yards and 11 scores. Jones also averaged 24.0 on kick returns during that stretch.
However, the Cowboys were expected to release Jones this offseason even though starter DeMarco Murray recently struggled with injuries and the team didn’t have an experienced backup behind him. But the Cowboys got help at the position through the draft by selecting Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle in the fifth round.
Jones could possibly serve as a better asset in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense that heavily relies on running backs. With five running backs currently signed onto the roster, after the Eagles traded reserve Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason, Jones is expected to serve as a rotational player at the position. LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown are already locked into the top two spots on the depth chart. Although Brown seemed to struggle later down the season he was impressive in the first two starts in relief of an injured McCoy. So, Jones may have a better shot at the No.3 spot, competing against first-year running back Chris Polk and undrafted free agent Miguel Maysonet.
Polk did not register a carry in 2012 as he was hindered by a foot injury for most part of last season.
Undrafted free agent Matthew Tucker is also in the mix with the Philadelphia Eagles’ running backs unit.