Chip Kelly continues to leave no stone unturned in search of offensive weapons after the Philadelphia Eagles hosted free agent running back Felix Jones for a workout Tuesday at the Novacare Complex.
In five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Jones rushed for 2,728 yards and 11 touchdowns averaging 4.8 yards per carry while splitting time with various running backs.
LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown are firmly entrenched as the team’s top two running backs, but the Eagles in all likelihood will see a renewed commitment to the run game under Chip Kelly.
“You’re going to need another back in this offense,” McCoy said after practice on April 18. “This is an offense where it’s not a debate, ‘I can do it myself.’ For one, you are going to do more plays than any other offense. Two, the amount of hits. You’re running so much. If you’re faking it, or running it, pass or not, you’re constantly going. I think any back, no matter how great of shape he’s in, is going to need some extra help.
“You’re running so much, it’s like a freaking track meet. It’s like a relay. You need extra guys.”
Jones, 25, was the Cowboys first round draft choice out of the University of Arkansas in 2008 and posted a career best 800 rushing yards and one touchdown in 2010. Last season, the Tulsa, Oklahoma native started all 16 games for the Cowboys, rushing for 402 yards and three touchdowns while adding 262 receiving yards and catching two touchdown passes as well.
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