NFL Nation: Tyrone Wheatley
Rich Kane/Icon SMIThe Cowboys hope a trimmed down Marion Barber will be able to return to his 2007 form.ARLINGTON, Texas -- I've put in a request to the league asking for less access to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. By my count, we've heard from him three times in the past two weeks -- and he's delivered wildly different messages each time.
From what I can tell, Felix Jones pretty much became the starting running back in March, lost the job to the svelte Marion Barber during last month's one-day owners meeting and then regained it after a remarkable showing in OTAs on Wednesday. If you're in the market for good sound bites and awkwardly long eye contact, Jerry's your guy. If it's clarity you're seeking, I'd probably point you in a different direction.
A week after strongly indicating the Cowboys would likely stick with the rotation of Barber/Felix Jones/Tashard Choice, the Cowboys' master of suspense said Wednesday that "nothing's set in stone" and that he looked forward to a lively competition in training camp. Things really took an interesting turn when he suggested that undrafted rookie Lonyae Miller of Fresno State would also be in the thick of things. Miller averaged 5.6 yards per carry and had 20 touchdowns in college, but he was overshadowed by first-round pick Ryan Mathews.
But the most compelling storyline at OTAs this side of Dez Bryant is Barber's new look. The man who was nicknamed "the Barbarian" for his punishing style has lost at least 10 pounds and I've actually seen him sidestep defenders in practice. As most of you know, Barber cashed in on a superb '07 season with a lucrative long-term contract and the starting job. And he hasn't been the same since.
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