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Jerry Jones sees Darren McFadden, not Alfred Morris, as Cowboys' lead back

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- To Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, Darren McFadden will be the starting running back in 2016 even with the addition of Alfred Morris on Tuesday.

“Morris will be more limited in his carries than McFadden,” Jones said at the owners meetings. “But I do see substantive workload there for him, but not as much as McFadden.”

In eight seasons, McFadden has 1,277 carries for 5,336 yards. In four seasons with the Washington Redskins, Morris had 1,078 carries for 4,713 yards.

McFadden has three 200-carry seasons, including 2015. Morris has four, including 335 carries as a rookie in 2012, when he ran for 1,613 yards.

“We think he’s a seasoned -- underline seasoned -- back,” Jones said. “He has been very productive, particularly productive against us, as somebody pointed out. Glad to get him. Doesn’t rule out in any way what we might do in the draft or what we might do if another option came along at running back.”

Jones said the belief in McFadden stems from how he closed last season.

McFadden finished last season with 1,089 yards despite not becoming the full-time back until the sixth game. He had five 100-yard games and two games with more than 90 yards.

“I know that we are pleased and are more confident that McFadden can have more work than we thought at this time last year,” Jones said. “I think he does his best when he’s got more work. Of course he’s had two back-to-back years of good health, and so I’m just thinking ... that if he can pick up right where we left off at the end of the year, he’d end up ... having a lot of the workload.”