Garrett: Felix Jones Can Handle a Heavier Workload

Jason Garrett conceded that Felix Jones has become the team’s go-to running back according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Jones carried a team-high 185 times for 800 yards and one touchdown. His 185 carries represented 43.2 percent of the team’s rushing attempts, including quarterback sneaks and scrambles. It was 39 more carries than he had in his first two seasons combined.

“I thought he did a really good job handling the workload, and that’s something that a lot of guys can grow into,” Jason Garrett told reporters at the NFL owners meetings in New Orleans. “We talked about how young some of these guys are coming out of college, and a guy like that continues to develop into his body and able to take the pounding and punishment of the NFL that’s required for his position. I thought he handled that well.”

“He was a little heavier going into camp last year and a lot of guys will do that,” Garrett said. “They will be a little heavier, and then they’ll kind of get themselves down into what they’re playing weight is, and I think that’s what happened with him as the year wore on. That happens. Some guys want to come into camp lighter; some guys want to come in a litter heavier whatever that case is, but as the season wore on he got back to his normal weight.”

The Cowboys will continue to use multiple running backs, Garrett said.


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