The Jets need help at the running back position, this we all know. Shonn Greene is likely going to be out the door come next season, so the Jets will be looking to fill at least one hole there. They need a versatile running back that can help in the running attack and the passing game, that likely won’t command top dollar.
What about Felix Jones?
They could do a lot worse. Let’s look at this guy a little bit.
He’s only 25 years old, and hasn’t started much, so the mileage on him is small. Over his five year career, Felix has only carried the ball 569 times, an average of well under 200 carries per year. He certainly would have a lot left, if called upon to take on a starting role.
Felix Jones is quick with the football, with a career average of 4.8 yards per carry over his 569 carries. We have talked about the need of getting yards after first contact, and Felix Jones averaged over 2 yards per carry after first contact. For reference, Arian Foster only averaged 2.18. His elusive rating was 24.6 in 2011, blowing away anybody in the Jets backfield not named Joe McKnight.
Jones has always been an asset in the passing game, which is a major plus in the West Coast offense. Over his career, Jones averages over 25 receptions per year. His best year was in 2010, with 48 receptions for 450 yards.
An important part of the West Coast offense, as we have discussed many times before, is the ability to accumulate YAC, or yards after the catch. Felix Jones is adept at that, averaging 9 yards after the catch per reception in 2011. By contrast, Jamaal Charles only averaged 7.7, and Adrian Peterson averaged 4.9. Felix Jones is a high quality asset in the passing game, and would fit right in with the Marty Mornhinweg system.
As a guy that hasn’t started much in the league, he shouldn’t command top dollar on the open market. He is still quite young, only 25 years old, so he is still working his way to his prime. The Jets may just be able to get this guy on the cheap, and have a guy that is the correct mix of versatility in a West Coast system.
He is certainly a guy worth looking into.