Reason #4: Hands
Jones may be the best pass catching running back in the league. Although he didn’t showcase it very much last season, Jones’ bread and butter has always been his yards after catch a.k.a. YAC. It’s the one thing he never lost. That ability to catch a five yard pass and turn it into a 25 yard gain. In the last three seasons, Jones has recorded 100 receptions and nearly 800 receiving yards. Having him as a receiving threat out of the backfield is key for a team that throws as much as we do.
Reason #5: Protecting Tony Romo
At the end of the day, if a back can not protect the quarterback on passing downs, he won’t be on the team very long. (see Chris Gronkowski ) And let’s face it, the Boy’s can’t win without Romo. (Sometimes, we can’t win with Romo. But that’s a different article) Jones does a good job of pass protecting. There is something to be said for being developed in the same system for years and understanding your role. And Jones does that. Honestly, who else would you want protecting Romo? An unsure rookie, a newly acquired free agent or a 5th year veteran? Give me Jones everytime.
If this is Jones final year as a Cowboy, you have to think it’s been a disappointment so far. Another player who’s potential was so bright only to be taken away by injury. It’s a story that’s all to familiar to us Cowboy fans. In the end, it makes you really appreciate players like Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett. Players who, despite injury set backs, were still able to carry their teams to victory. Too bad players like that are so few and far between. To bad first round picks don’t come with a satisfaction guarantee.