Despite decidedly less production, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has no regrets in taking running back Felix Jones over Chris Johnson in the 2008 draft.
Jones said as much on his radio show Tuesday. He also said that Felix Jones needs more carries and he looks for him to get them, possibly starting Sunday against Johnson and the Titans.
“Everyone is in unanimous agreement with the staff, scout and everyone involved that Felix needs to touch the ball more,” Jones said. “He's just too much of a threat and that was our intention in pre-season coming out, no matter whether he's getting a chance to be in the running game, but certainly in the passing game as well. I really look for you to see a lot more of Felix Jones.”
Jones continued to justify his decision to take Felix Jones at No. 22 in 2008, two slots ahead of where Tennessee took Chris Johnson. Johnson led the league in rushing last year with more than 2,000 and is considered the NFL’s most explosive back. Felix Jones is splitting time with Marion Barber and Tashard Choice in Dallas.
“Well, his speed was the best that we had ever seen for a running back, ever,” Jones said of Johnson. “ I must say that Wade was really on the table, he really liked him. What we didn't necessarily see was his overall skills to have that speed and the balance that he's got as well. What we saw more in Felix, which was more about Felix then it was not about Johnson was an ordinate vision... We liked his vision and we liked his speed and just the type of individual that he was. His college coaches at Arkansas told us that you'd have to shoot him to get him off of the practice field. That work attitude really convinced us that Felix was who we wanted.”