With the announcement of the signing of former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones to a one-year deal earlier today, the Philadelphia Eagles have completed a three-headed monster in their backfield. Jones will join All-Pro LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown behind the quarterback to help ring in Chip Kelly‘s NFL-version of his spread offense into the league.
Jones joins the Eagles after spending the first five years of his career with Dallas. A stud for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones drafted the running back from his alma mater in hopes that he would have the next great number one back in the ‘Big-D.’
Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work out that way. In his five years, Jones has rushed for 2,728 yards and 11 touchdowns while battling injuries and sharing the backfield with a numerous amount of other backs.
Jones didn’t exactly live up to the hype that was thrust upon him in Dallas, but the good news for him is that he doesn’t have to feel the same type of pressure in Philly.
As I said before, Jones joins two talented backs in McCoy and Brown. While we don’t know exactly what Chip Kelly’s offense will look like at the pro-level, I would say it’s safe to assume that a lot of it will be built on the strength of the running game. The talents that Jones does bring to the City of Brotherly Love gives Kelly just another weapon in the arsenal.
The sixth-year back possesses incredible skills to catch the ball out of the backfield, which is an integral part of any type of spread offensive system to set up other schemes down the road in the possession. Jones also brings that rare combination of power and speed with his game, therefore making him an instant threat in any kind of goal line situation to bang it in from a few yards out.
But the biggest part is him being added to a three-back group. Jones did battle injuries throughout his Cowboys tenure, and he won’t be asked to do as much in Philadelphia. Limiting the chance of injury for Jones makes success in Philly that much more optimistic.
If he will have to work on anything in Kelly’s system, it will more than likely be his blocking skills. Jones didn’t have to do much of this during his time at Arkansas nor was he able to really pick up the proper technique while in Dallas. However, I’m sure that Chip Kelly being the mastermind of his offense that he is will figure out something to integrate this into Jones’ game for their benefit.
In all, this was a great move for all parties involved. Certainly giving Chip Kelly another weapon like Jones to work with can be a dangerous thing.