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August 23, 2011

Felix will be the Cowboys' No. 1 back, but Garrett wants versatility from all

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Felix Jones will clearly be the No. 1 back, but he wants to have options.

Which is one reason he was glad to see DeMarco Murray at practice for the first time. He is an example of the kind of versatility Garrett wants in the running backs.

"Ideally, you want to have a bell cow, and you want to have a guy who’s your lead dog and the other guys fit themselves in whether it’s situationally or things they do well: they’re a good inside runner, they’re a good outside runner, they’re a space runner, they’re a receiver, all of those things," Garrett said. "We’re fortunate that we feel like each of those three backs that we have -- I’m talking about Felix, Tashard and now DeMarco -- we feel like they have versatility, so they’re not just one kind of a back. They’re not just the inside runner or just the receiver. We feel like they have some versatility so we can use them."

Garrett said Jones has earned his place as the lead dog for the Cowboys.

"I think he’s proven that he’s able to do that, over the last half of last year into the start of this training camp," Garrett said. "He’s playing awfully well, and we’ll see how the other guys do. It’s a competition to decide who makes the football team, who starts on the football team and what role they’re going to have. We’ll look at these practices here the next few days and the next couple of weeks and see how it all shakes out.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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