Felix Jones loves returning kicks

August, 7, 2012
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Early indications have Felix Jones becoming a full-time kick returner once again for the Cowboys.

Jones returned a career-low seven kicks last season for 186 yards, but injuries and finding the right fit at the position were major problems.

It was during Jones' rookie season in 2008 that he produced dazzling results in the kick return game. He returned one 98 yards for a score and set a record with 247 return yards against Philadelphia in the second game of the season.

"I love it, I always enjoy doing kickoff returns and had a lot of fun with it," Jones said. "We're still in the camp and we’ll figure that out."

Jones, who is in the final year of his contract, has to increase his visibility in 2012.

He's back to a reserve role with the Cowboys. He was supposed to take over the running attack in 2011, but an ankle injury cost him games and allowed DeMarco Murray to take over the lead role.

"I'm just blessed to be here, period," Jones said. "A lot of people wish they could be in my spot regardless of where I'm at. Just come in here and do what I gotta do and take care of business."

The Cowboys have not tendered a new contract to Jones, though executive vice president Stephen Jones said he values the running back. He also said the team is open to giving the running back a long-term deal, but production will dictate that, as with every player on the roster.

"That's with every year you want to be your best," Felix Jones said. "It's an added bonus to it that it is my last year. I want to show what I've got. It’s going to be a fun year, I believe."

He added later: "Things happen for a reason. You've just got to work through obstacles and continue to progress as a player and a person, and that’s what I've been doing."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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