The Patriots are already well stocked at the running back position, but there is always room for more competition.
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones was in for a visit to Foxboro on Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The plan is for Jones to work out for the team.
Jones, who just turned 26 on Wednesday, spent five seasons with the Cowboys after being selected 22nd overall in the 2008 NFL draft. He enjoyed some early success in a shared backfield with Marion Barber, averaging better than 5.2 yards per carry during his first three seasons, but he was never able to establish himself as a primary or durable option.
His injury history, which included just two full 16 game slates in five seasons, eventually saw rookie running back DeMarco Murray overtake the starting job during the 2011 season. Jones was reinserted as the starter for seven games in 2012, but he managed just middling stats with 111 carries for 402 yards and a 3.6 yards-per-carry average — well below his career average of 4.8.
With Stevan Ridley, who gained over 1,200 yards in 2012, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, Leon Washington and newly added LeGarrette Blount already in house, Jones may have a tough time even making the roster never mind competing for playing time.
Jones has worked out for a few other teams recently, including the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the league transaction wire.