I'll take Julius Jones over Kevin Jones 100% of the time.
People talk about Julius as though he's as talented as my little sister. He didn't put up HUGE college stats, but considering what he had to work with - well, he definitely exceeded my expectations. I've been impressed everytime I've seen him play - the guy was Notre Dame's entire offense. Aside from him, there was nobody with any talent.
The only downside I can see with Julius and the Cowboys is their offensive line. They always seemed to be in pass protection, never opened up any holes for Troy Hambrick, and they were always allowing defenders into the backfield. However, if Troy Hambrick could put up 900-something yards and five TDs, I truly believe that Julius can put up over a thousand yards and seven or eight TDs.
Bill Parcells is a coach who likes to run and will put Julius in a position where it will be difficult for him to fail. Julius will be running the ball a lot (unless having Q. Carter or Testaverde passing the ball is considered a recipe for success) and the offense should be a run-oriented one. Plus, his only competition for the job is Erik Bickerstaff, Aveion Cason, Richie Anderson, and some other d00ds I don't know. We saw a little bit of a lot of his competition last year and we all saw what they could do (or "couldn't" would probably be the better wording). The only one of those guys receiving some of Julius' playing time is Anderson - but would imagine only on third downs, methinks. Unless Parcells picks up Antowain Smith (last I heard, Tampa was interested) or James Stewart (last I heard, he was stocking shelves at Circuit City, or something), Julius has absolutely no competition.
Kevin Jones is a guy I see a lot of people are high on and don't get. He has some talent, but Detroit just has such an awful offense (Charles Rogers, Roy Williams, Tai Streets, Stephen Alexander and Joey Harrington in '04 is NOT a "good" offense - give 'em a year or two - maybe changing Harrington for McMahon), I can't see him putting up more than MAYBE bye-week filler numbers. He's a guy I'd be comfortable with as my #4 RB, but anything higher and I'd be a little worried. Over the last few years, Detroit has always been near or at the bottom in rushing numbers. I don't see anyone but maybe LaDainian Tomlinson being able to change that. On top of that, Kevin Jones has some competition. Artose Pinner is claiming the starting job is his to lose (*chuckle*), but he does have talent and deserves some playing time. Shawn Bryson is another guy who, at least I think, has some talent. I liked him somewhat in Buffalo, and I think he can be valuable with the right on-field role. I just can't see this miss the RBBC situations that have stricken a lot of other teams - too many mediocre RBs pushing for playing time, methinks.
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