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Is Felix Jones a Hero?

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28 FELIX JONES, RB
DALLAS COWBOYS
6’0, 212LBS

Jones, the No. 22 overall pick in the draft, provided a big-play complement to Marion Barber and showed flashes of brilliance in his six games. He had 266 yards on 30 carries (8.9 yards per carry) and scored four touchdowns, including a kickoff return.

That is all we have to go on as a professional, as a college player there is a little more. However people keep talking about Jones as a savior or something.

2007 his last year in college: He finished with 123 carries for 1,117 yards and 11 TDs, while averaging a whopping 9.1 yards per carry, leading the nation.

[Mickey Spagnola wrote while making excuses as to why Dallas went 9-7 last year; Felix Jones was 86-ed in the sixth game had he not gotten hurt things could have been a lot different.]

Here is my question to you: Why do I hear on the radio, and on ESPN and read online about what a Hero Jones is and all we have to go on is a really good 5 and ¼ games?

I like Jones don’t get me wrong I almost bought his jersey but I went with Ware instead.

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  • https://insidethestar.com/ BTreece

    I don’t know about Hero, but Jones brings an element that we haven’t had in Dallas for many, many years. He’s very quick, quicker than most people realize, and he has plenty of speed to go with it.

    Having a back that can stretch the field like that provides some real advantages for our team in the way that opposing defenses will have to gameplan for him. He also has very good hands and can be split wide as a receiver on any given play, which provides another asset, the deep threat. Now Jones is pretty small for a receiver and because of that, he won’t actually be much of a deep threat, but he is so quick that he could catch and short slant underneath and take it to the house.

    It’s such a real possibility that opposing defenses will be in fits trying to account for him whenever he’s on the field. Then you add to it the complexity of options that exist when you throw in guys like Barber and Choice, are so very different in their running styles, that we should be able to manhandle the other teams with scheming more than anything.

    That’s my though on it.

  • http://cowboysnation.com anthony (cowboys fan stuck in phiily)

    I’m not comfortable with calling anyone a savior except my lord and savior JESUS CHRIST. but with that said felix getting hurt is really why the offense bogged down last season with him back and everyone healthy,(romo,whitten,kosier,williams) the cowboys will be back to an 11 win team and in the playoffs. now lets just get it done in the postseason. lets all cowboys fans support them this season and not kill romo, remember he is only going into his third full season as the starter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go BOYS’

  • http://cowboysnation.com anthony (cowboys fan stuck in phiily)

    isn’t just weird that all those injuries were on the offense of side of the ball, not even mentioning the deffensive side. EVERYBODY JUST RELAX THE COWBOYS WILL BE BACK WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE AND WITH AVENGENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER

  • http://www.cowboysfanrebellion.com Craig Cotton

    As Bryson said, Felix gives us a whole nother dimension to our offense. He allows us (if used properly) to spread out a defense. SS’s won’t know whether to follow Felix out of the backfield or cover Witten up the middle. They will have to make a choice. The one they don’t choose to cover will be covered by a LB. I say we get the ball into Felix’s hands as often as possible, and let Barber go back to what suits him better.

    Craig

    http://www.CowboysFanRebellion.com

  • Joe C

    you have to remember Felix was sharing touches with McFadden in college, look at the stats:

    McFadden in 07 – 325 Carries, 1830 yards, 5.6 ypc, and 16 TD

    Jones in 07 – 133 Carries, 1162 yards, 8.7 ypc, and 11 TD

    But yet majority of the hype was for McFadden in the draft? Come on! If Jones was getting majority of the touches his stats would WELL SURPASS McFaddens. I’m not saying Jones is a hero, but he has potential to be one, along with his other supporting cast this year.

    WATCH OUT IN 09, HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!

  • Austin

    With T.O gone this will help Jones to stand out, this should get him the ball more. I hope that he can stay healty……any truth to Romo for Cutler trade I sure hope not but Jerry Jones has done some pretty stupid things (i.e. T.O …Dorsett …ect)

  • http://www.cowboysfanrebellion.com Craig Cotton

    It should get Felix the ball faster with TO gone, but one red headed coordinator has to use him to his fullest potential. Hopefully, he will. If he does, you could see an amazing year from Felix, as long as he can stay healthy.

    Craig

    http://www.CowboysFanRebellion.com

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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David Irving

After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

https://twitter.com/DCBlueStar/status/988527577915674624

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.

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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.

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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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Jaylon Smith Voted Cowboys' Ed Block Courage Award Winner 1

A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of 247Sports.com, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on Scout.com, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and 247Sports.com

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.

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