Both the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles worked out former Dallas Cowboys injury-prone backup running back Felix Jones, and it is unsurprising to see that Adam Schefter reported this morning that the Eagles have signed Jones. It sounds like new head coach Chip Kelly’s goal is going to be running the football as much as possible, and he has a great group of backs to do it with. LeSean McCoy is one of the brightest stars in the league, Bryce Brown is an excellent No. 2 back to the former Pittsburgh star, and now Jones offers some explosiveness and upside as a No. 3 or 4 back. Jones is in a position that works out best for him with little pressure, and it will be interesting to see if he can beat out second-year RB Chris Polk for the No. 3 gig- look for a nice training camp battle there in Philadelphia.
The Patriots decided to do their due diligence and work out Felix Jones very recently, but it is no surprise to see that the Patriots did not pull the trigger and sign him. Right now, the Pats have a very crowded backfield situation with feature back Stevan Ridley, rising No. 2 RB Shane Vereen, the bulldozing Brandon Bolden, recently acquired risk-reward running back and former 1,000-yard rusher LeGarrette Blount, and kick returner Leon Washington.
There was little room for another running back, and the fact that Jones is an excellent pass-catcher out of the backfield wouldn’t have helped his cause in New England. Vereen is poised to take over Danny Woodhead‘s role as a pass-catcher, and Vereen will be excellent in that role. I mean, look at some of the explosive plays he made last season, with the long touchdown scamper against the New York Jets on Thanksgiving Day being the highlight.
Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that Jones is only 26.
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