The next Westbrook?

The folks in Dallas are hoping that they have the next Brian Westbrook in Felix Jones, at least according to the blog of the Dallas Morning News.

"That's kind of why we drafted him," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips told reporters. "We felt that he was in that mode of a versatile guy who can catch the football out of the backfield, split him out some if you have to and run with the football. He gives you that explosiveness.

"If you find a Westbrook, that would be really something. But we like Felix, and hopefully he'll come along in the right direction."

Of course, as the blog post notes, the difference is that Westbrook was picked in the third round and Jones was a first-rounder and that leads to a different level of expectations.

By the way, Westbrook had 21 touches against the Rams (19 carries, 2 receptions). Last season against Dallas, he had 30 in the first meeting with 14 receptions, and 27 in the second game.


* Dallas running back Marion Barber was a full particpant in practice Wednesday despite bruised ribs and Phillips expects Barber to play Monday night against the Birds.

* Hank Baskett has four career receiving touchdowns, including his 90-yarder against the Rams. Two of the others went for 87 and 89 yards, respectively. Baskett and former Niners receiver John Taylor are the only players in NFL history with three career touchdown receptions of more than 85 yards. In case you were wondering, the other was a paltry 10-yard TD against Dallas last November when the score was 38-10.

* Sheldon Brown's hit on Steven Jackson that was captured so well by Daily News photographer Yong Kim for Monday's front page rivals the hit Brown put on the Saint's Reggie Bush during the playoffs two years ago that ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated last fall. As for Jackson's view,  "I know I'm able to take hits still," Jackson said after the blowout loss, which was his first game action since last season because of a training camp holdout.

* This will be the sixth time the Cowboys and Eagles hook up on Monday night and the fourth time in five years. The Cowboys hold a 3-2 edge. The folks at report that the Cowboys are 0-4 at home against a divisonal opponent on MNF since 2004, losing by an average of 15 points. The Eagles have won their last seven games as a road underdog after scoring more than 33 points the previous week, if you are a trend bettor.

* Figures to be a busy day Thursday at the NovaCare Complex. Andy Reid, Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins are all scheduled for the podium. Terrell Owens is scheduled to be available via conference call in the early afternoon after he speaks with the Dallas media in the morning.

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