Patriots work out Jones, Hadnot, Caldwell

Patriots work out Jones, Hadnot, Caldwell
May 9, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28) finds open running room against the Cleveland Browns in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.

(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

The Patriots had three players in for workouts on Thursday, the most prominent name being Felix Jones, a former first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys.

The other two players to stop in were guards Rex Hadnot and Antoine Caldwell.

Jones, 26, was the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Arkansas. While with the Hogs, he was part of a three-headed backfield with Darren McFadden and Peyton Hillis.

He was an electric back for the first four years of his career, rushing for 2,326 yards on 458 carries, an average of 5.07 yards per carry. In 2012, Jones’ YPC average dropped to 3.6 and he gained 402 yards on the ground.

The oft-dinged Jones needs to shed the rap he’s got for being tender. Whether he can compete hard for a spot in New England without succumbing to the numbers around him may be an uphill fight.

Caldwell, meanwhile, is a former Texans guard from Alabama who played on the right side for Houston. The 27-year-old is 6-foot-3, 311 pounds. He spent last season rotating snaps with rookie Ben Jones.

The 31-year-old Hadnot is a nine-year veteran most recently with San Diego. He’s made 96 career starts.

That players are being hosted now doesn’t necessarily mean signings are imminent. There could be adds or the scouting staff may be merely evaluating the crop of unsigned players to see who is in a position to help if something unforeseen happens.