Mike Tomlin Says RB Felix Jones Helped His Cause In Loss To Panthers

Many people questioned the Pittsburgh Steelers decision to trade second-year outside linebacker Adrian Robinson to the Philadelphia Eagles last Friday for running back Felix Jones, but so far it looks like the black and gold now has a former first-round draft pick that is far from being done.

During his post game press conference following the Thursday night loss to the Carolina Panthers in the preseason finale, head coach Mike Tomlin praised the play of Jones in the game.

“I thought Felix Jones helped himself,” said Tomlin. “His pedigree showed. His natural run instincts showed. We’ll continue to look at it and go through the process in a proper manner once we get back to Pittsburgh.”

When Tomlin and the rest of the coaching staff do arrive back Pittsburgh, they will likely have to rest quickly as the final roster decisions will need to be made by Saturday evening. Being as Jonathan Dwyer fumbled once again against the Panthers, the team very well might decide to keep Jones instead of their former sixth-round draft pick.

The only way that both Jones and Dwyer make the final 53 man roster will be if the team decides to keep five running backs in total in addition to full back Will Johnson.

Tomlin is not one to easily throw around praise, so it’s easy to tell that Jones has certainly caught his eye.