By Gavin Dawson, 105.3 The Fan | CBSDFW.COM

One of the most difficult things to do in the NFL is impress critics as a first round pick.  Only great is good enough.  Above average might as well be mediocre.

Apply that to Felix Jones, and you can see how the public (myself included) has at times been ready to hand the former first round pick a pink slip, and the team’s management and coaching staff is still talking about him as an important piece.  Reason being, the team lives in a world of evaluating what each player can do today to help the Cowboy win, regardless of how disappointed they might be in the guy.

Evaluating Felix Jones, you will find the team’s second best blocking running back, a versatile weapon that presents multiple options out of the backfield, and a guy that can help big time in special teams.  Say what you want about the drops and lack of carries, he didn’t let it affect the tenacity and focus he approached kick returning with.

In a backup running back, that’s a pretty nice collection of skills.

And with Demarco Murray running the ball  so well, the Cowboys don’t need Felix to be dynamic on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd down anymore.   They do need him to protect Tony Romo in passing situations while presenting a threat the opposition has to respect.  Felix does that way better than anybody else on the roster or on the street.

Continue hating on him if you want to.  It’s lame and Felix himself should be embarrassed by what he’s made of his talent.  But, you can’t say he doesn’t help the team win, and you can’t expect the cowboys to diminish what he does publically because of how disappointed we all are in his career path.

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