SAN ANTONIO (AP)  Felix Jones is finally going into a season as the featured running back. He’s waited quite a while for this opportunity.

Jones spent most of his first three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys playing behind Marion Barber or dealing with a series of nagging injuries.

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Before that, Jones shared the same collegiate backfield in Arkansas with Darren McFadden, the fourth overall pick by Oakland in 2008. Dallas got Jones 18 picks later in the same draft.

With Barber gone after being released by Dallas last month, and Jones healthy, there is no question about who the Cowboys are depending on as their primary runner.

Jason Garrett says Jones has clearly taken the mentality that he is the featured guy. The coach says that’s a good thing.

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