Felix Jones 'integral part of firepower'

IRVING, Texas -- Jerry Jones sees DeMarco Murray as the workhorse running back the Dallas Cowboys haven’t had since Emmitt Smith.

But Jones still sees a significant role for Felix Jones, the oft-injured 2008 first-round pick whose brief stint as a starter was cut short by a high ankle sprain and Murray’s emergence last season.

Jones was drafted to be a complementary back, as strange as that sounds for a No. 22 overall pick. He’s been successful in that role when he’s been healthy, and the owner/general manager still expects the change-of-pace back to be a weapon in the final season of his rookie deal.

“He’s an integral part of our firepower,” Jerry Jones said. “He will always give defenses something that they’ve got to be ready for. He adds a dimension to what we can do in the entire offensive scheme. He gives us a lot of options when he’s in there.”

Felix Jones is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, keeping him off the field during organized team activities and minicamp. Maybe, just maybe, Jason Garrett will unveil some packages during training camp that put Murray and Jones on the field together, something they did occasionally with Marion Barber and Jones.

“You put them both in there and that gives us some options,” Jerry Jones said. “Not trying to be a coordinator here, but I like them both.”

You drawing up any suggestions, Jerry?

“Every night,” he said, laughing.