Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips liked the look for Felix Jones as the prime running back during Sunday's loss to Tennessee but stopped short of saying there will be a change in the pecking order.
Jones handled the ball a career-high 19 times on 15 runs and four receptions and produced 116 yards from scrimmage against Tennessee. It was the second-highest yardage total of his career. He had 178 yards on 17 plays in the playoff victory against Philadelphia last season.
"We need to get Felix the ball more,'' Phillips said today. "We did that, and I thought it showed up well. We'll continue to evaluate what we need, but I thought it helped our running game.''
Marion Barber, who had been getting the bulk of the carries, and Jones have each handled the ball on 45 plays this season. Barber, used more often in short-yardage situations, has averaged 3.3 yards per play. Jones has averaged 5.6 yards per play.
The three-headed arrangement at running back may have run its course. Tashard Choice has handled the football only twice, on runs, in the last two games.