Maurice Jones-Drew: 5 Teams That Should Trade for Jaguars' Star RB
Jacksonville Jaguar, and current holdout, Maurice Jones-Drew wouldn't mind taking his elite-running back skills to a new franchise, and there are plenty of teams that should be busy trying to acquire his services.
ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news of MJD's openness to finding a new home.
In light of Jaguars owner Shad Khan's recent public remarks, Jacksonville's RB Maurice Jones-Drew is now open to being traded, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2012
We are talking about an amazingly consistent and durable back that happens to be the reigning NFL rushing leader.
Obviously, he would be a big boost to any team trying to bolster its running game. Here are five that need to get on the phone and try to work out a deal.
New England Patriots
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The Patriots aren't overly concerned with their running game. They took great pains to bolster their already elite passing game by adding receivers like Brandon Lloyd, but they did nothing to improve their running backs.
In fact, they lost last year's leading rusher, BenJarvus Green-Ellis. This leaves them depending on Danny Woodhead and Stevan Ridley to carry the ground load.
Can you magine this offense with the multi-talented MJD in the backfield? Defenses would be rendered helpless to stop all of the Patriots' dimensions.
The Pats are not found of dealing picks, but with an aging Tom Brady, it is time for this team to go all in, and MJD is definitely worth it.
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The problem is that their main running back, Rashard Mendenhall, is coming off an ACL tear, and as ESPN's Adam Schefter points out behind the Insider paywall, Mendenhall likely won't be able to contribute until October.
Even then, it is unlikely he will be 100 percent at any point this season.
MJD is everything this offense needs. He can grind out the tough yards and also slip out of the backfield to be a factor in the passing game.
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Last season, the Lions finished fourth in passing yards and 29th in rushing yards. Sure, that passing game can be absolutely dominant, but a little balance is always a good thing.
MJD would help open things up for Calvin Johnson and make it easier for Matthew Stafford to stay healthy.
With running backs Kevin Smith, Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best all on the roster, the Lions are not without talent, but that talent can't stay healthy.
They need a back they can count on to be a workhorse, and MJD is most definitely that type of back.
New York Jets
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Chances are that the pass that Tim Tebow was throwing in the above picture landed nowhere near his intended target.
His accuracy is terrible, and while starter Mark Sanchez has proven to be much more accurate, he is also devastatingly mistake-prone.
Under Rex Ryan, the Jets are at their best when their offense led by their running game, and with Shonn Greene as leading back behind a questionable offensive line, they are in no position to have a dominant running game this year.
MJD has proven he can flourish on an offense with a struggling passing game, and that is exactly what this Jets team, which appears to be headed towards a disastrous offensive season, needs.
Green Bay Packers
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Like the Patriots, the Green Bay Packers have proven they can have a dynamic offense while devoting little thought to the running game.
They were third in passing last season and 27th in rushing. Green Bay has James Starks in their backfield, but he is currently injured to the point that the Packers were concerned enough to add veteran Cedric Benson.
Why settle for Benson when Jones-Drew could be a possibility? This dimension may not be vital during the regular season, but come playoff time, MJD would be invaluable to this team.