His burst was especially noticeable in Wednesday's morning workout. During team drills, Jones busted a long run for a would-be touchdown on a draw play darting through the defense and quickly showing an elite second gear. It appears Jones' speed which he showed at Arkansas is translating well against against the speed of the Cowboys defense.
Jones' running ability is getting noticed by his teammates as well and produced several oohs and ahhs have been heard from the sidelines. After his long run, injured cornerback Terence Newman gave him a high-five for the run.
Jones expects to be a valuable offensive weapon this year spelling starter Marion Barber, who has also been impressed by his new understudy. The Cowboys also expect to use his in the slot as a receiver and as a threat on toss sweeps. He has show the ability to get to the outside without a problem and running past defenders.
"That was impressive," Wade Phillips said of his run this morning. "No one would have gotten him (on the draw run) and we had some fast players on the field. Yesterday he made a similiar run. But this morning he broke a draw that it just showed his open-field ability and his acceleration was outstanding. That was nice."
One area Jones is working to improve is his blitz pickup for in the backfield for quarterback Tony Romo.
- Rick Herrin
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