The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent running back Felix Jones to a one-year deal, according to multiple league sources.
Jones will likely compete with Bryce Brown and Chris Polk for carries behind LeSean McCoy. 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.
It is evident that the Eagles will return to an offense that places heavy emphasis on the run game under head coach Chip Kelly. On top of providing a potential impact there, one other area where Jones can be an asset is in the return game.
During Monday’s OTA practice, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Damaris Johnson each took reps returning punts, and it would not be surprising to see Jones compete for a spot on either punt or kick return coverage.
Jones, at 25 years old, 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.
In his career to date, Jones averages 4.8 yards per carry, and is the kind of versatile running back that can thrive in Chip Kelly‘s up-tempo, run-based scheme.
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