We may never know why the Cowboys shifted before their 4th Game to get more and more from Felix Jones (some suggest that missive came straight from the owner's box with Chris Johnson in town - re: 2008 NFL Draft), but it is clear from the first 9 games that Marion Barber plays the first possession or two, then is the primary 3rd Down back for the rest of the game. If there is a 4-minute drill to end the game, then Barber is brought back on like he was in both wins to kill off the game.
Other than that, it is a chance for Felix Jones to either grab the job or not for 2011 and beyond. He passed the 300 snap barrier in Game #9, so there is no doubt who is getting the majority of the work load. But, just 87 carries (almost 10 per game) and 114 touches is hardly enough to feel good, bad, or indifferent about the data. His 4.1 yards per carry put him well ahead of Barber (3.3) and Choice (2.7), but it is hardly enough to write home about.
But, the possible revival of the Offensive Line is worth noting as we wonder if the running game will emerge under Jason Garrett to give us a better read of what we have to work with.
TOTAL SNAPS FOR RBs vs New York (50 plays)
TOTAL SNAPS FOR RBs SEASON TO DATE (558 Total Plays)
In case this is your first time to check these numbers, this is all about snaps on the field - not touches or run plays. This is merely intended to see who is on the field and who is on the sideline for the Cowboys offense.
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