Report: Felix Jones Visiting with the Patriots

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

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:

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.

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4 Responses to “Report: Felix Jones Visiting with the Patriots”

  1. CC says:

    O.k….so lets trade Le Garrett Blount for Felix Jones? Sounds good.
    Just please toss in Julian(I have a tampon injury & will miss OTA’s) Edelman! Don’t care really what else falls in or out the deal…. just getting ride of Edelman. …… and I’d be pretty excited actually!
    Hell come to think of it; Edelman + Vereen for Felix Jones and picks….
    I’ll take a healthy blend of smashmouth type running the ball VS so called Athletic RB w/ some so called special touch OR 1/2 baked and rarely used skill attached……

    RIdley, in between Le Garrett Blount & Felix Jones-Check!

    Getting rid of Edelman-Check!

    Adding next year picks alongside getting rid of Un or Improperly used personal……………..-Check!

    Great start to the season IMO.

  2. MaineMan says:

    News on some UDFAs with whom the Pats had pre-draft contact:

    WR Courtney Gardner (Sierra) withdrew from his deal with the Chargers citing “personal issues” that he needed to address.

    WR Mark Harrison (recovering from foot surgery) failed his physical at Bears’ rookie camp and is now a free agent.

    RB Ray Holley (private workout with Fears) was waived by the Ravens.

  3. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Patriots also had two OG’s in for try-outs, Antoine Caldwell 4 year vet. with the Texans. Rex Hadnot 9 year vet. with the Chargers.

    • MaineMan says:

      Pats also reportedly worked out CBs William Middelton (JAX) and Pat Lee (GBY) and WR Matt Willis (DEN) recently.

      Looking for “Camp Fodder” which probably also applies to Felix Jones more than the potential for him to make the final roster.

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