Felix Jones now a bigger back than Marion Barber

Speculation for much of the offseason has been that Marion Barber and Felix Jones will be trading places in the Dallas Cowboys’ backfield. The thinking is that Jones will take over the starting job that has belonged to Barber.

Well, maybe they can swap more than that? How about clothes for starters? That is because Jones and Barber have traded places on the team’s roster when it came to the weigh-in. According to the Dallas Morning News, Jones showed up in San Antonio heavier than Barber, a departure from the past.

Jones said he checked in at 218 pounds, bulked up so that he can hopefully avoid some injuries. Coach Wade Phillips revealed that Barber tipped the scales at 214, down about 10 pounds from where he was last season in an effort to regain some of his burst and quickness that seemed to disappear and make him an easier target to tackle.

“Anything that helps me out," Jones said of adding some upper-body muscle. “It's a physical game. I think this will help me out throughout the season.”

Phillips listed a handful of players that have dropped weight – five to 10 pounds in the offseason – as part of a new way of thinking. Included on that list are quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Roy Williams.

“Roy Williams will be better lighter,” owner Jerry Jones said.

Jones has a lot of money invested in his hopes that Williams is a better player.

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