The New England Patriots might have Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, LeGarrette Blount and Leon Washington to make up their running back corps—but you can always improve.
The way that I look at it: You can never have enough running backs.
Much like baseball, in which you can never have enough pitchers, I believe that you can never have enough running backs in football.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Wednesday night that free agent running back Felix Jones will be visiting with the Patriots:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 8, 2013
Jones, who turned 26-years-old on Wednesday, will be entering his sixth season in the NFL.
Throughout Jones’ five-year career, he has spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. Jones has recorded a career 2,728 rushing yards while averaging 4.8 yards per-carry. However, running the ball isn’t the only thing that Jones is good at—he’s a solid receiver.
Jones has a career 127 receptions on 156 targets for 1,062 yards while averaging 16.6 yards per-reception and reeling in three touchdown passes. His best receiving season came in 2010 as he reeled in 48 passes for 450 yards while landing one touchdown reception.
Jones is certainly a versatile running back that could fit nicely in New England’s offense, but would have a tough time seeing the field in the team’s already crowded backfield.
Jones is definitely worth bringing in for a visit but might not have any true future with the Patriots. However, Jones would add some depth—which is always a good thing.
In other news, the Patriots signed former Titans and Cal receiver Lavelle Hawkins to a 2-year deal. He is looked at as insurance for Julian Edelman’s nagging ankle injury.