The rise of Kevin Ogletree had a greater effect on the Dallas Cowboys than most people understand. Having him allows them to possibly shop other players for draft picks. Could Felix Jones ship out to a team like the Buffalo Bills?
Jones losing his identity to DeMarco Murray on Cowboys offense
For a couple of years, Dallas fans were giddy over the promise Felix Jones brought their Cowboys offense. Finally they had a homerun threat in the backfield who could break for long touchdowns. Sadly several years of injuries have robbed Jones of his speed and the 25-year-old has watched almost helplessly as teammate DeMarco Murray stole the starting job at running back. One need not look further than the opening win against the New York Giants where Murray ran for 131 yards and Jones had zero offensive carries. So when head coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys still had a use for Jones, a lot of people probably rolled their eyes. His chance with "America's Team" appears on the downslide. Either he will serve as a pure backup for when Murray goes down or he will ride the bench. There is however one other option the team might explore. While Jones hasn't fit in with Dallas his is still young and talented enough to help another team. Is a trade out of the question?
Losses of Fred Jackson and David Nelson cripple Bills
No offense felt a greater punch to the gut than the Buffalo Bills after opening day. Not only did the team get pounded 48-28, but they left the game with two of their key players down with injuries. Pro Bowl running back Fred Jackson is down three to four weeks with a bad knee sprain while wide receiver David Nelson watched 2012 go down the drain because of a torn ACL. This is possibly a death knell for a team light on playmakers to begin with. Now Buffalo must lean on a host of young, unproven receivers and backup runner C.J. Spiller to keep the ship from sinking. Spiller managed 567 yards and four touchdowns in 2011 but it's hard seeing him take the heavy share of carries Jackson did. Not having Nelson means quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick must either unearth a diamond in the roster reserves or hope his front office finds some help. Getting Jones from Dallas isn't exactly a rescue, but he has enough talent to take some snaps from Spiller and give the Bills a credible threat on the ground. With his help they might survive four weeks until Jackson returns.
The Dallas Cowboys insist they aren't giving up on Felix Jones but the signs say different. If DeMarco Murray stays healthy than there is little need to keep paying Jones almost $2 million. The Buffalo Bills don't have that luxury. Having lost Fred Jackson they might find good value in trading for Jones provided he stays healthy.
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