A month after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that running back Marion Barber could lose his starting job, that’s exactly what has happened.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN tweeted that, as of this weekend’s minicamp, Felix Jones is the Cowboys’ No. 1 running back.
In 2008 Barber signed a seven-year, $45 million contract, with $16 million guaranteed, while Jones signed a five-year, $10.25 million rookie deal. In the two years since then, Barber has averaged 4.0 yards a carry as the Cowboys’ starter, while Jones has averaged 6.5 yards a carry as the Cowboys’ change-of-pace back.
It’s not realistic to expect Jones to average more than six yards a carry if he becomes the Cowboys’ workhorse. But the Cowboys want to see what he can do when he’s getting more than five or ten carries a game.