Felix Jones was leapfrogged by DeMarco Murray for running back touches, and it sounded like he might be on the verge of losing a return job as well.
But it apparently helps having friends in the alumni association.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday that he’d consider other “alternatives” after a fumble on the opening kickoff in Seattle underlined a lack of performance.
“Line 1 in returning the football in the NFL for me is ball security,” Garrett said.
But the elder and more important Jones said Tuesday his fellow former Arkansas Razorback was fine, and that he remained confident in him as a returner.
“Well, just because I do,” the owner said on KRLD-FM, via ESPNDallas.com. “So I feel like we’re in good shape. But that’s it on that. Move on.”
But then he went on.
“I don’t know about that,” he said about the possibility of replacing a returner who ranks 23rd in the league. “I think we saw him be quick at practice last week. I think we need to give him a little more room out there.
“Felix has returned a lot of kickoffs in his time – All-American twice in college as a kickoff returner. We have over the years been reluctant to use him as a kickoff returner because we didn’t want to risk injury, but we’ve decided this year to use him as a kickoff returner. He should be a great asset for us. That’s the way it remains.”
Hopefully one of the options Garrett was considering was washing glasses, because it sounds like this decision’s been made.