Eagles sign Felix Jones to one-year deal, release Marvin McNutt

By Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com South Jersey Newspapers
on May 14, 2013 at 8:29 AM, updated May 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM

While it might amount to nothing more than an extended tryout, the latest Eagles signing could potentially be a very intriguing one.

The Eagles have reached a one-year agreement with former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones. Jones, who turned 26 last week, had 111 carries for 402 yards and three touchdowns last year with the Cowboys.

To make room for Jones, the team released wide receiver Marvin McNutt. Jones is with the team and practicing with them as they continue OTA's.

Jones averages close to 5.0-yards per carry throughout his career and is a very capable return man- an area the Eagles could certainly improve. Jones averages 24.0 yards per kickoff return throughout his career. While he only has one touchdown, he has longs of 69 yards and 41 yards.

How big of an impact Jones can have on the Eagles will depend on his health- something that has been a problem for him throughout his career. Jones has played in 16 games just twice in five years. If healthy, however, Jones could be a potential steal for Chip Kelly and an Eagles offense that seems to be a perfect fit for the former Arkansas Razorback.

One thing Kelly is expected to do in his offense is get the Eagles running backs into space with the ball. Like LeSean McCoy, Jones is capable of taking it to the house anytime he touches the ball, especially in open space. Jones has had a receiving touchdown of 27 yards or more every season since his rookie year, and a rushing touchdown of 40 yards or more every year but last season.

Jones will have to come into Eagles camp and compete for a job. The team has a crowded backfield with McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk all returning from last year's roster. If healthy and back to his old form, however, it's hard to imagine the Eagles won't find a way to keep Jones on the roster.

I liked the 6'4" 216 lb. Marvin McNutt (taken by the Eagles in the 6th round last year) more than I like the 6'3" 214 lbs. Justin Brown (taken by us in the 6th round this year) as a potential young, tall wideout option for us in the red zone (heir apparent to Plaxico). Look at their college stats...I'd at least consider bringing McNutt in for competion (and at worst, I think he would be worth eventual practice squad consideration if he is unable to crack the 53 man roster). For what it's worth, last year, McNutt played in 4 games last season with no catches (although he had a couple of special teams tackles).


2008 (Iowa) 1 catch for 11 yards (11.0 avg) and 0 TD's
2009 (Iowa) 34 catches for 674 yards (19.8 avg) and 8 TD's
2010 (Iowa) 53 catches for 861 yards (16.2 avg) and 8 TD's
2011 (Iowa) 82 catches for 1315 yards (16.0 avg) and 12 TD's


2009 (Penn State) 5 catches for 78 yards (15.6 avg) and 0 TD's
2010 (Penn State) 33 catches for 452 yards (13.7 avg) and 1 TD
2011 (Penn State) 35 catches for 517 yards (14.8 avg) and 2 TD's
2012 (Oklahoma) 73 catches for 879 yards (12.0 avg) and 5 TD's