By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Former first-round pick Felix Jones is a free agent and not expected to return after largely being a disappointment the past few years, putting the Cowboys in the market for a backup to share the load with Murray.
Owner Jerry Jones said it’s a priority because of Murray’s workload and expectations for him rather than concerns about his health.
“It’s no different than any running back that I would be looking to to have the snaps that we’d expect from him,” Jones said. “We’re counting on him for protection. We count on him obviously to carry the ball; we count on him in the passing game and are going to count on him more in the passing game. … But the concern is a concern. We sure need a backup.”
Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys aren’t looking for a change-of-pace back to complement Murray. They just need the best back possible to make their offense go and not have a letdown if Murray’s unavailable.
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