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Bengals Workout Felix Jones, who is Likely a Backup Plan


Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28) carries the ball during the second half and is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote (50) at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

According to writer Bryan Broaddus, the Cincinnati Bengals recently held a workout with free agent running back Felix Jones. The former Arkansas Razorback rushed rushed for 402 yards and three touchdowns on 111 carries for the Cowboys in 2012. For his career, Jones has totaled 2,728 yards and 11 TDs in five NFL seasons. He and current Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden were a star tandem at Arkansas, and both were expected to have productive NFL careers after they were both drafted in the first-round in 2008, but both have been injury-prone and unable to live up to their potential to this point.

Jones is very quick and elusive back, as evidenced by his career 4.8 yards-per-carry average and 8.3 yards-per-catch. Don’t expect the Bengals to sign him before the draft though. He’ll be a backup plan in case they fail to nab one of the backs they’ve currently targeted. North Carolina’s Giovanni Bernard, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore have already worked out in front of Bengals coaches and scouts, and they’ll likely workout several other backs between now and April 25th.

If they are unable to get “their guy” in the draft though, Jones would be a nice backup to BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
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