Felix Jones reports to camp at 218 lbs. This is not a product of laziness or a 2 for 1 coupon at Luby’s that was good all summer long, but rather by design. The Cowboys staff believed that a more stout Jones could absorb more hits throughout the season while consequently staying healthy. According to the Dallas Morning News, most of the added weight came from upper body strength training. As a rookie Jones weighed roughly 200 to 207 lbs. (depending upon your source).
Certainly it is possible to add muscle and maintain one’s speed and quickness. It is also possible to add weight in all the wrong places. My initial reaction to the article was that Jones added muscle above the waist. His center of gravity will also move upward if this is the case (a lower center of gravity translates into better balance for a running back). It is not a given, but adding nearly 10% to ones body mass will affect one’s balance. When I think of ideal running backs, they are 90% legs with a compact torso (think Maurice Jones-Drew). This may be worrying for the sake of worrying, but if Jones becomes top heavy, his entire game may be altered in the process.