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Marion Barber slims down while Felix Jones bulks up

The Cowboys have learned the biggest benefit of showing up to training camp before anyone else means more media coverage, especially on PFT.  (That Jerry Jones is a sneaky one.)

Our next bit of microanalysis while we wait for the other 31 full squads to show up focuses on the Cowboys backfield, likely the best 1-2-3 combination in football. 

Felix Jones has a great chance to pass Marion Barber as the team’s starter, and the players are also going in opposite directions in weight.  Jones has bulked up his upper body, and now weighs 220 pounds. (Reports earlier this offseason had him at 225.)  Barber is down to 214 pounds, ten pounds off his sluggish, injury-plagued frame last year.

A former scout watching Cowboys practice said Barber’s burst appears improved, which Dallas coaches have said throughout the offseason.

We’re always skeptical of articles focused on weight.  This year’s “bulking up to stay healthy” posts often turn into next year’s “slimming down to regain explosiveness” articles.

But we do think too many people inside and outside of Dallas have buried Barber, a complete back that is only 27 years old.  Finding enough carries for him if he’s truly revived qualifies as a great problem for the Cowboys.

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12 Responses to “Marion Barber slims down while Felix Jones bulks up”
  1. Chapnasty. says: Jul 26, 2010 9:47 AM

    I think Choice is the best of the 3, but anyone who doesn’t like Marion Barber is not only a Cowboy hater, but clearly knows nothing about football. The mans a beast and never says a word.

  2. Mangy66 says: Jul 26, 2010 9:47 AM

    Felix Jones should look no further than Clinton Portis if he wants to see what a mistake it is to bulk up like that.
    Portis was a beast in Denver and when he first joined the Redskins. Then he decided to bulk up so he could be a better fit for the Joe Gibbs offense.
    Well…this kid that DBs couldnt’ catch…now he gets WALKED by all LBs and some DEs.
    When you have speed like that, use it to your advantage…don’t take your only advantage and remove it from your resume. Especially when you’re not a power runner anyway. All you’re doing is making yourself into an average back (from a physical perspective).

  3. aligreene says: Jul 26, 2010 9:50 AM

    great problem to have our backs are healthy in shape and ready to roll

  4. gasolinej says: Jul 26, 2010 9:59 AM

    Felix Jones was listed as 218 last year. Wow, he gained 2 lbs. I hope this doesn’t slow him down.

  5. dabarber says: Jul 26, 2010 10:13 AM

    Portis got fat and lazy when he left Denver–like everyone who gets signed to that easy money from the Skins.
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    Mangy66 says:
    July 26, 2010 9:47 AM
    Felix Jones should look no further than Clinton Portis if he wants to see what a mistake it is to bulk up like that.
    Portis was a beast in Denver and when he first joined the Redskins. Then he decided to bulk up so he could be a better fit for the Joe Gibbs offense.
    Well…this kid that DBs couldnt’ catch…now he gets WALKED by all LBs and some DEs.
    When you have speed like that, use it to your advantage…don’t take your only advantage and remove it from your resume. Especially when you’re not a power runner anyway. All you’re doing is making yourself into an average back (from a physical perspective).

  6. ShootahCowboy says: Jul 26, 2010 10:57 AM

    They both needed to do what they needed to do..
    (Yeah, I know that sounds like, “They are who we thought they were!”)
    Felix needed to bulk up as he will get more carries and Marion needed to slim down and learn how to avoid tacklers in the first quarter instead of running them over.
    I like Tashard Choice as well. I think he’s a great all-around back. He’s stepped in well in the past. With having these three healthy, along with depth at WR and having a top 5 TE, this could be the best all-around offense in the league.

  7. BigBlueDeadHead says: Jul 26, 2010 11:10 AM

    All kidding aside as a Giants fan I say Chapnasty is right. Barber is a great player and not at all a turd. I’d like to have him on my side and just hope to contain him since he’s on the other side.
    Other hand, Mangy66 and dabarber are wrong about Portis. He’s a great player too. Maybe slightly turdy in his work ethic at times but I like that he’s a funny guy who likes to have a good time, and he is a great, complete back. Years are catching up back that happens to ‘em all. Not exactly his fault his team has always sucked.

  8. Raiderfankirk says: Jul 26, 2010 11:15 AM

    Romo smacked from the blind side!Season over…

  9. funi says: Jul 26, 2010 11:20 AM

    So Felix roided up???

  10. Jaso says: Jul 26, 2010 11:29 AM

    Thank you PFT for more coverage on America’s team. I was begining think you guys were Cowboy hater’s like a lot of people on this site.

  11. .Vox Veritas. says: Jul 26, 2010 12:38 PM

    “Romo smacked from the blind side!Season over…”
    Better than the season being over before it begins, raider fan.

  12. Bious says: Jul 26, 2010 4:28 PM

    It is only time before one or both get tired of sharing and they want to be the “man”

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